Headlines – June 24, 2016

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News

After Brexit, what next for defense? –
Britain plunged into the unknown last night when voters opted to take the country out of the European Union, leaving analysts and officials to wonder what the decision means for the defense sector.
 
Is the Cold War restarting in space? –
Russia has made a submission to the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space in Vienna threatening to publish details of all satellites in orbit around the planet.
 
 

Business

Airbus looks to U.S. in search of A400M buyers –
America is key to export sales of the A400M Atlas, as Airbus Defence and Space prepares to pitch the airlifter to the biggest Western military market amid recent technical troubles.
 
Mercury Systems to supply GPS anti-spoofing modules –
Mercury Systems has snagged a $2.4 million contract for GPS Selective Availability Anti-Spoofing Modules.
 
Alion to support DISA spectrum R&D –
Alion has been awarded a slot on a Defense Information Systems Agency contract, with a maximum value of $137 million, for tackle radio interference.
 
BAE Systems to support INSCOM under $75 million contract –
BAE Systems has won a $75 million contract to provide geospatial intelligence technical and analytical support to the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command.
 
Lockheed Martin awarded $733 million Army sensor contract –
Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $733 million Army task order.
 
Northrop Grumman, Ultra Electronics team for unmanned systems technology development –
Northrop Grumman and Ultra Electronics have signed a memorandum of agreement laying the groundwork for a technology development roadmap where the two companies will work to advance state-of-the-art technology for Northrop Grumman’s autonomous systems.
 
MQ-4C Triton UAS demos new capabilities –
Northrop Grumman’s MQ-4C Triton unmanned aerial system has demonstrated new communications and flight capabilities in U.S. Navy testing.
 
U.S., Estonia strengthening defense technology collaboration –
The United States and Estonia are strengthening their cooperation in research and technological development in the field of defense.
 
 

Defense

Air Force weighing replacement F-35 ejection seat –
The U.S. Air Force is looking to the possibility of replacing the Martin-Baker ejection seat on the F-35 with the United Technologies ACES 5 model.
 
Carter says Pentagon will not disclose battlefield injuries –
The Pentagon will not disclose the details of U.S. forces wounded in a battle against the Islamic State group, a stand that Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said was consistent with Defense Department policy in previous conflicts.
 
Why the GOP is trying to stop the Pentagon’s climate plan –
In Washington, big agencies rarely get high marks for innovation and foresight. But when it comes to coping with climate change, the largest federal agency—the Pentagon—has taken a spot in the vanguard. As far as back as the George W. Bush administration, the Defense Department was warning that global warming posed a threat to U.S. national security, and that the military needed to be preparing accordingly.
 
Inspector General to open case on Air Force launch program –
The Defense Department’s Inspector General announced June 15 it would begin an investigation next month into whether the Air Force’s primary launch program is following widely-adopted quality and safety standards.
 
Kendall: Air Force examining appropriate mix of fighter aircraft –
The Air Force is examining the appropriate mix of fighter aircraft to inform the F-16 radar modernization plan in preparation for the fiscal year 2018 budget request submission, according to a recent report signed by Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall.
 
Long live JLENS? NORTHCOM scrambles on cruise missile defense –
The tethered aerostat designed to defend against cruise missiles is slated to be killed by Congress in fiscal 2017 legislation, leaving missile defense leaders within U.S. Northern Command scrambling to find another way to address the cruise missile defense gap left open on the U.S. East Coast.
 
 

Veterans

Yale study: Clinicians often overlook veterans’ mental health disorders –
Nationally, at least one in five military veterans who experience trauma are at a heightened risk for depression, suicide or substance abuse but are often overlooked in clinical settings because they don’t fit the criteria for post-traumatic stress disorder, according to a Yale University-led study.
 
Senators push to advance sweeping veterans bill before July 4 –
As House Democrats staged a sit-in June 22 to force their chamber’s leaders to move on gun control legislation, on the Senate floor there was an attempt to jump-start sweeping veterans legislation that has stalled.

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