Headlines – September 28, 2016

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Marine Corps may replace ‘The Few, The Proud’ as its recruiting slogan –
The Marine Corps has always been an elite fighting force, but it may have outgrown its current recruiting slogan, “The Few. The Proud. The Marines.”
 
 

Business

DARPA picks BAE’s smart handheld EW sensor –
BAE Systems has been awarded a DARPA contract that may help address one of the most pressing threats the US Army has identified — Russia’s increasingly impressive and powerful use of Electronic Warfare on the battlefield.
 
Public directory of weapons system autonomy released –
Arizona State University’s Global Security Initiative released what it said was the first ever public database rating the relative autonomy of 283 weapons systems.
 
Interview with Sushil Kumar Sharma, chairman of BEL –
With India opening up 100 percent Foreign Direct Investment for the defense industry, state enterprise Bharat Electronics Limited is preparing to react to the new initiative to achieve growth in a competitive market.
 
Lithuania eyes Kongsberg air defense system in €100 million deal –
The Lithuanian Ministry of Defence has confirmed plans to acquire the Network Centric Air Defence System from Norway’s Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace with the aim to boost the country’s air defense capabilities.
 
DRS wins $339 million targeting contract –
DRS has been awarded a $339.3 million contract for the Joint Effects Targeting System.
 
 

Defense

Carter: Afghanistan war supplemental request coming in November –
Defense Secretary Ash Carter plans to present Congress with a request for a supplemental spending measure to fund US troops in Afghanistan come November, he said Sept. 26.
 
Air Force budget woes could scuttle effort to add more airmen –
The Air Force hit its goal of bringing active-duty end strength up to 317,000 in fiscal 2016 — but a possible $145 million budget shortfall may grind its future growth to a halt.
 
Air Force lines up funding for GBSD test requirements –
The Air Force is preparing for major test requirements on the Ground Base Strategic Deterrent program, with one official saying the service’s testing office is preparing as if the nuclear weapon program would cost more than the F-35 fighter jet.
 
Army’s ‘multi-domain battle:’ Jamming, hacking, long range missiles –
Days before the biggest defense conference of the year, one of the Army’s top thinkers is unveiling the service’s new push to expand its role beyond its traditional domain — land -to air, sea, space, and cyberspace.
 
Marine Corps has new ideal force size: 190,000 troops –
Early results of a new Marine Corps force structure assessment show the service could use about 8,000 more troops than are budgeted, a reflection of a demanding operating environment and the need to to grow cyber and other technological capabilities.
 
New amphibious combat vehicle prototype built to withstand blasts –
A prototype being considered for the Marine Corps’ next Amphibious Combat Vehicle is built to protect Marines from a blast as much as the Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles that were rushed to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, said one of the vehicle’s builders.
 
 

Veterans

Vets in prison received $100 million in improper benefits payouts, report says –
Imprisoned veterans received more than $100 million in improper benefits payments in recent years because Veterans Affairs officials were too focused on bringing down the first-time claims backlog, according to a new report from the department’s inspector general.
 
 

Space

The moon was once part of Earth –
Researchers at Johns Hopkins University used simulations to recreated mixing seen in a layer of iron.
 
Did alien life once exist here? –
The birds-eye view captured by the Mars Express spacecraft reveals a region of more than 205,000 square miles surrounding Mawrth Vallis, where ancient water once carved the surface.
 
Elon Musk unveils radical ‘mega shuttle’ that will take man to Mars –
The Interplanetary Transport System will use a giant shuttle capable of carrying 100 passengers to the Red Planet at a time.
 
Planets spotted forming around tiny ancient stars –
Researchers from the University of Montreal and the Carnegie Institute of Washington found four unusually low-mass objects surrounded by disks of gas and dust, where planets are forming.

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