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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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