Headlines – September 12, 2016



U.S. military has a huge problem with obesity and it’s only getting worse –
It’s not exactly clear why America’s military personnel are getting fatter. Could be that 15 years of war have weakened the focus on fitness. Could be that millennials, with their penchant for sedentary activities like playing video games and killing time on social media, aren’t always up to the rigors of military life. Could be all the burgers, fries, cakes and pies served in chow halls around the world.


Navy releases MQ-25 Stingray sensor RFI –
The U.S. Navy’s MQ-25 Stingray will leverage an existing Defense Department electro-optical infrared sensor, according to a recently released request for information.
SAIC forges ahead on Marine vehicle programs –
Science Applications International Corp. will soon deliver the final test models of its upgrade to an aging amphibious vehicle to U.S. Marine Corps. And the McLean, Va.,-based company will begin delivering a whole new model in the coming year, CEO Tony Moraco said on an earnings call Sept. 8.
DARPA challenges industry to make adaptive radios with artificial intelligence –
The Pentagon’s research agency has a new challenge for scientists: make wireless radios with artificial intelligence that can figure out the most effective, efficient way to use the radio frequency spectrum, and win a pile of cash.
Australian Navy getting anti-ship missile test capability –
The Royal Australian Navy is to receive an improved anti-ship missile test capability from BAE Systems Australia.
Air Force: Solving tech transfer issues crucial to potential F-16 production line move to India –
The issue of technology transfer is likely to be the sticking point on whether the US government sanctions the potential move of Lockheed Martin’s F-16 production line to India, the Air Force’s top civilian said Sept. 7.
A spacecraft is about to fly 509 million miles to an asteroid to grab 4 pounds of dirt –
One of the most amazing pieces of technology to emerge from Lockheed Martin’s laboratories is a simple circular canister designed to hold nothing more that dirt, gravel and maybe some dust. It looks like a 1960s-era slide carousel on a projector, and the concept behind it was first tested in an engineer’s driveway with his middle school-aged son.
CACI awarded contract extension for Navy, Marine Corps IT –
CACI has been awarded a $10.1 million contract extension to support Navy and Marine Corps IT and communications.
Lockheed Martin’s first cargo airship planned for deployment in Alaska –
Alaska could be the home of the world’s first modern cargo airship once the aircraft rolls off Lockheed Martin’s assembly line in 2019, officials said last week.
Army 2016: Kalashnikov upgrades PL-14 pistol –
The Kalashnikov Group (a subsidiary of the Rostec state corporation) has updated its Lebedev PL-14 pistol. The modified firearm was unveiled at the Army 2016 military-technical forum, held outside Moscow from Sept. 6-11.
Honeywell workers in Phoenix told to take 2nd weeklong furlough this year –
“Several sectors of the aerospace industry continue to face an extended slowdown,” Honeywell Aerospace Communications Director Scott Sayres said. “In our aim to continue preserving jobs, we are implementing a furlough for select U.S. employees not involved in manufacturing and sales. We understand these types of actions are difficult for our employees, but we have found this approach helpful to control costs and retain our people.”


Strategic Capabilities Office preparing for new programs, next administration –
When U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter unveiled his 2017 budget plan in a February speech, he also pulled the curtain back on a secretive, only-whispered-about office located in the same building as the Pentagon’s mad-science office DARPA, or the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.
New Navy ship-to-shore amphib craft transport Abrams tanks into combat –
The Navy is nearing completion of its first two new, high-tech ship-to-shore connectors for amphibious operations designed to transport large numbers of Marines, equipment and weapons to shore from beyond-the-horizon, senior Navy officials said.
Rebooting LCS: Hundreds more sailors needed in sweeping overhaul –
The surface Navy is planning to add roughly 420 sailors to littoral combat ships to reboot the troubled program after a string of high-profile engineering failures.


Greatest challenge in PTSD recovery is completing therapy –
A course of treatment generally lasts about 12 sessions, although that varies. In practice, however, less than 50 percent of people recover when they get care because, for one reason or another, some drop out.