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Headlines – January 4, 2015

News

The presidential candidates on defense –
Contenders for the Democratic and Republican nominations sound off on national security, troop levels, the VA and more.
 
 

Business

Lockheed ends 2015 with $5.3 billion C-130J deal –
Lockheed Martin has capped off 2015 with contracts for 43 C-130J cargo aircraft of various shapes and breeds for the U.S. government, including C-130J-30 stretch-models and KC-130J tactical refuellers destined for the Marine Corps.
 
Elbit Systems wins $70 million Israeli electronic warfare contract –
Elbit Systems has been awarded a $70 million Israeli electronic warfare contract.
 
Flight leader: Tampa firm makes 75 percent of the world’s flight simulators –
Across the country and across the globe, flight simulators built and equipped by the Tampa, Fla., company CAE USA are in use for military purposes and also in civil aviation. The company builds 75 percent of the world’s flight simulators and also trains pilots at its Tampa campus.
 
L-3 G550 contract suggests new RAAF ELINT/SIGINT jet –
The Royal Australian Air Force could be due to receive a new electronic intelligence (ELINT) and signals intelligence (SIGINT) aircraft following a recent US Air Force contract award to L-3 Communications.
 
DJI introduces geofencing for hobby drones –
Top drone manufacturer DJI is introducing a new geofencing system to keep pesky little unmanned aircraft from flying where they don’t belong.
 
Officials: Turkish firms eye billions in Saudi defense contracts –
Turkish defense companies are chasing contracts worth several billion dollars in Saudi Arabia, according to Turkish procurement officials.
 
France confirms buying four C-130J U.S. transport planes –
French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian confirmed Jan. 1 that Paris will buy four Lockheed Martin C-130J tactical transport planes, in a deal that was announced by the United States in November.
 
Egypt to net Ka-52s for their Mistrals –
Multi-year funding for orders of C-130 procurement external link by the Pentagon has been awarded to Lockheed Martin.
 
 

Defense

DOD needs big cuts in civilian, contract spending in next budget –
The Department of Defense has been following a congressional directive to reduce spending on civilian and contract employees, the department told the Government Accountability Office. However, GAO investigators say they can’t find the data to back this up.
 
Army wants cockpit holograms for manned-unmanned teaming –
The Army wants to convert data from multiple distributed sensors into a 3-D hologram beamed inside a cockpit.
 
Navy to demo 150-kW laser weapon for destroyers –
High-energy electric lasers will be a step closer to fielding with the demonstration of a 150-kW weapon designed to be installed on the U.S. Navy’s DDG-51 Flight 2 Arleigh Burke-class destroyers.
 
 

Veterans

New York City declares end to chronic vets homelessness –
New York City declared an end to chronic veterans homelessness this week, another both positive and confusing indicator for the six-year national effort to help the most vulnerable former service members.
 
 

Space

Will astronauts be living on the moon by 2030? –
Experts from around the world attended an international conference in the Netherlands to discuss returning humans to the moon.
 
Visit the Martian zoo –
UFO hunter Scott Waring, who lives in Taiwan, publicized many of the Martian “animals” and believes NASA is trying to hide them.

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