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August 28, 2014

Headlines August 28, 2014

News:

After F-15 jet crash in Virginia, rescue helicopters search for pilot –

Helicopters are searching for an Air National Guard pilot after his F-15 jet crashed in the mountains of Virginia this morning, military officials said.

 

Business:

U.S. Air Force 3DELRR contract expected soon –

The U.S. Air Force could award the contract for its Three Dimensional Expeditionary Long-Range Radar program as early as next week, sources tell Defense News.

Army’s network plan overhauls strategy along with equipment –

The Army’s goal is simple: increase operational effectiveness, improve security and be efficient. Getting there is not. The question becomes: How do you connect the global Army across approximately 1.4 million people in nearly 150 countries with the latest capabilities and the highest security? The Army has an answer in the current network-modernization effort.

No U.S. commitment to Russian RD-180 rocket engine, yet –

When the Air Force issued a Request for Information about an engine to replace the RD-180 it began to look as if they were serious about committing to build the first new rocket engine in decades.

Ship to shore connector: the U.S. Navy’s new hovercraft –

Textron Inc. in New Orleans, La., receives a $21.9 million contract modification to build hovercraft 101 of the ship-to-shore connector program. This would appear to be the firstt production option under the development contract. $2 million in fiscal 2014 Navy RDTandE budgets are committed immediately.

Security tops Navy PEO-EIS priority list –

Victor Gavin, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Navy’s program executive officer for Enterprise Information Systems. He oversees a $2 billion portfolio of programs designed to enable common business processes and provide standard IT capabilities to the Department of Navy. PEO EIS programs include Navy Marine Corps Intranet and the follow-on Next Generation Enterprise Network, as well as enterprise resource planning systems and Department of Navy enterprise software licensing.

DARPA awards Boeing contract for Phantom Swift as new VTOL X-Plane –

Boeing has been awarded a $9.4 million contract modification to continue refining its design of the experimental vertical take-off and landing Phantom Swift X-Plane, according to an Aug. 26 Department of Defense announcement.

Falcon manpack radio cleared for Top Secret traffic –

Harris Corp.’s Falcon III RF-340M multi-channel manpack radio has received Type-1 NSA certification. This allows the radios to accommodate voice and data traffic up to Top Secret clearance.

Rolls-Royce completes power systems acquisition –

U.K. engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce has completed the purchase of the 50 percent stake of Rolls-Royce Power Systems held by Germany’s Daimler.

NGA picks Leidos for mapping production –

Leidos has been awarded a $20 million prime contract by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency to provide mapping production services.

Collaboration is the new normal for networks –

There are a number of different partners and stakeholders involved in the military’s overarching plan to modernize Defense Department networks and IT, but one central tenet of the broad strategy is standard for everyone involved: Collaboration is the new normal.

 

Defense:

After crash in Virginia, a brief history of F-15 fighter jet mishaps –

An F-15C fighter jet crashed Wednesday morning near Deerfield, Va., a rural town some 150 miles southwest of Washington, officials say. Details are still slowly emerging, but it appears the aircraft was with the Massachusetts Air National Guard and flying from Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield, Mass.

DOD kicks off $11 billion health IT competition –

The Pentagon is now taking bids on an estimated $11 billion program to modernize the management of its health records.

 

Veterans:

VA ‘Oscar the Grouch’ training angers vets –

The beleaguered Department of Veterans Affairs depicted dissatisfied veterans as Oscar the Grouch in a recent internal training guide, and some vets and VA staffers said Tuesday that they feel trashed.




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Headlines August 28, 2015

Business: Rafale, Mistral on agenda for Le Drian in Malaysia, India – French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian is due to visit Malaysia Aug. 30, with talks expected to cover the Rafale fighter jet and Mistral helicopter carrier, website La Tribune reported. U.S. Army to choose new landing craft next year – In line with the Pentagon’s...
 
 

News Briefs August 28, 2015

Boeing plans to lay off some Southern California workers Boeing has announced that it plans to lay off employees at its Southern California-based satellite division. The Los Angeles Times reports that the aerospace giant said Aug. 25 that it will lay off as many as several hundred employees at the El Segundo factory. Boeing says...
 
 

Special tactics Airmen killed in hostile incident

Two special tactics airmen, who were deployed in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel, were killed near Camp Antonik, Afghanistan, Aug. 26. Capt. Matthew D. Roland, 27, and SSgt. Forrest B. Sibley, 31, were at a vehicle checkpoint when two individuals wearing Afghan National Defense and Security Forces uniforms opened fire on them. NATO service members...
 

 

Hurricane Hunters to fly Tropical Storm Erika

The Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunters are operating out of Homestead Air Reserve Base, Fla., flying their state-of-the-art WC-130J Super Hercules into Tropical Storm Erika in support of the National Hurricane Center in Miami. The 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron flew four missions into the tropical storm from their deployed location at St. Croix in the...
 
 
LM-MUOS

U.S. Navy, Lockheed Martin ready to launch MUOS-4 Aug. 31

The U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin are ready to launch the fourth Mobile User Objective System secure communications satellite, MUOS-4, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Aug. 31 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V...
 
 

Pentagon probing alleged distorting of war intelligence

The Pentagon’s inspector general is investigating an allegation that the military command overseeing the anti-Islamic State campaign distorted or altered intelligence assessments to exaggerate progress against the militant group, a defense official said Aug. 26. The official was not authorized to discuss the probe publicly and so spoke on condition of anonymity. The investigation was...
 




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