Headlines – August 29, 2016



Iranian boats escalate confrontations with U.S. Navy –
Iranian paramilitaries in the Persian Gulf are ratcheting up their confrontations with U.S. warships in international waters, and the U.S. is taking notice.
Ground Zero in the new Cold War –
The fraught frontier between Russia and the NATO-defended Baltics is full of surprises, not least its natural beauty. But tensions are building fast.


Raytheon modernizing Global Hawk ground control –
Raytheon has been awarded a subcontract to modernize the ground control system for the RQ-4 Global Hawk UAV.
U.S. training of Afghan pilots hitting stride, contractor says –
As the Afghan Air Force gets equipped with new fleets of rotary-wing and fixed-wing aircraft, American-run aviation school houses managed by industry giant Raytheon are preparing to graduate their largest classes of Afghan aviators to date.
Meet Bell’s X-247, armed tiltrotor drone For Marines –
One reason the Marines want such an aircraft is to reduce their reliance on Air Force Reapers — always in short supply — to support operations launched from the sea, Davis said.
Air Force awards protected communications contracts –
The Air Force has awarded contracts for protected communications to three companies.
German Puma AIFV production ramps up –
Projekt System and Management is now ramping up production of the Puma Armored Infantry Fighting Vehicle for the German Army with full rate production of 66 units a year to be achieved in 2017.
Report: Aerospace, defense exports to grow 3.2 percent in 2016 –
A new analysis of the aerospace and defense sector predicts gross exports to increase by $4.6 billion, or 3.2 percent over 2015 numbers, by the end of this year.


No Terminators, but Autonomous Systems Vital to DOD Future –
As autonomous technology continues to evolve, the Pentagon finds itself being pulled in two directions, enticed by the capabilities that autonomous systems could provide while also insistent it always be subservient to humans, and a set of human morals and mindsets.
Air Force prepares to hash out future fighter requirements –
After undergoing a yearlong effort that explored the tactics and technologies needed to control the skies in the future, the Air Force is taking its first steps toward making its next fighter jet a reality.
Anatomy of a V-22 crash –
Like many military aircraft accidents, the chain of events that led to the tragic May 17, 2015, MV-22B Osprey crash in Oahu, Hawaii, started with a seemingly innocuous decision.
Held up in shipyard –
The USS George H. W. Bush, newest of the fleet’s operational carriers, is under the gun. The ship emerged from a shipyard in late July five months late — seven if compared to the original schedule.
LCS Freedom’s engine may need replacement –
This time it’s USS Freedom. In yet another blow for its seemingly perpetually-troubled littoral combat ship program, the U.S. Navy revealed Aug. 28 that one of two main propulsion diesel engines on the San Diego-based Freedom has been damaged so badly it either has to be completely rebuilt or replaced.
Marines’ M1A1 tanks: How an upgrade will help make them more lethal –
Marines’ M1A1 Abrams tanks are about to get even more awesome.


The Confederate flag is about to fade from the nation’s veterans cemeteries –
The Confederate flag is being blocked from positions of prominence at veterans cemeteries nationwide, but it won’t be banned entirely.
Federal agencies see no end in sight for veteran homelessness –
Six year after President Obama set a goal of ending veteran homelessness by 2015, there were about 40,000 homeless veterans left to house.
35 military and veteran job fairs nationwide in September –
Upcoming job fairs for service members, veterans and/or military spouses.