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August 25, 2014

Headlines August 25, 2014

News:

U.S. sends second carrier to Asia amid tensions with China -

The Navy is sending a second aircraft carrier strike group to the Asia Pacific region amid new tensions with China over a dangerous aerial encounter between a Chinese interceptor and a Navy P-8 surveillance aircraft.

SpaceX rocket explodes during test flight -

A SpaceX rocket exploded Aug. 22 during a test launch outside of McGregor, Texas.

 

Business:

This stealth attack boat may be too innovative for the Pentagon -

On the northern edge of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Maine, past the security checkpoint and high-tech stations for refurbishing nuclear submarines, is a derelict warehouse that once doubled as a sawmill.

Exelis gets Corps of Engineers IT contract -

Exelis has been awarded a $517 million IT contract to support the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Enstrom: Sweden must keep sub-building know-how -

Sweden’s parliament, the Riksdag, has endorsed a government plan to increase defense spending by more than 10 percent in 2015-2024. To a great degree, this level of investment is in response to regional tensions over Russian aggression in Ukraine, and Sweden’s need to strengthen its military organization and defense capability, with an emphasis on reinforcing its presence in the Baltic.

Singapore quietly expanding F-15 fleet -

Singapore appears to have quietly boosted the size of its F-15SG fleet from 24 aircraft to 40, according to Boeing financial statements, aircraft registration filings, and U.S. congressional reports.

DISA looks to intelligence community for cloud tips -

As the Defense Information Systems Agency negotiates its path toward cloud services and broader IT upgrades, officials there may be taking some tips from their Fort Meade, Md., neighbors.

U.S., Croatia discuss deal that would send helicopters to Ukraine -

U.S. and Croatian officials have discussed a deal that would send American UH-60 helicopters to Croatia, while Croatia would send Mi-8MTV-1 aircraft to Ukraine.

Radios connect across 2,000 miles with MUOS -

Defying line-of-sight limitations, two AN/PRC-155 manpack radios have connected 2,000 miles apart. Users in Phoenix, Ariz., and Taunton, Mass., used Mobile User Objective System satellites to connect, according to General Dynamics.

Mobility becomes central to DISA’s strategy -

As the Defense Information Systems Agency rolls out shared-service offerings under its unified capabilities effort, officials say they want to integrate mobility into applications rather than focus separately on smart phones and devices.

GE offers to power Korea’s KFX aircraft in collaboration with local industry -

General Electric intends bidding to supply engines to power the Republic of Korea Air Force’s proposed KFX indigenous fighter aircraft.

 

Defense:

Bonhomme Richard flight deck unfit for flight operations, could delay next deployment -

The USS Bonhomme Richard will likely miss its next underway deployment after a botched $3 million resurfacing of the amphibious assault ship’s flight deck.

New Army helmet design raises concern -

The U.S. military is testing various configurations of an innovative helmet, but so far has not perfected a prototype that protects the jaw and face from explosions without creating intense atmospheric pressure around the skull form blast waves, Army Times reported.

Less armor, but more protection? The new, high-tech push to improve military vehicles -

When insurgents began laying improvised explosive devices by the dozen in Iraq to kill U.S. troops in 2004, no immediate answer was available. Soldiers and Marines responded by hanging any kind of scrap metal they could find to better protect their Humvees. But “Hillbilly armor,” as the troops sometimes called it, weighed the vehicles down, made them prone to rollovers and still didn’t cover the bottom sides of the vehicle most exposed to a blast.

U.S. Air Force chief: Expect further integration of Guard, active -

The U.S. Air Force’s top uniformed official expects to see the lines between the active, guard and reserve components continue to come down as the service looks for ways to operate effectively under limited budgets.

 

Space:

Two Galileo satellites lose their way -

Two European Galileo satellites fired into space by a Russian-built rocket Aug. 22 from French Guiana failed to reach their intended orbit, launch firm Arianespace said Aug. 23.




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