Headlines – October 14, 2016



U.S. troops face new threat as ISIS deploys flying IEDs –
Drone warfare recently entered a new chapter in which America’s adversaries can successfully deliver explosives via cheap, commercially-available unmanned aircraft, challenging the U.S. military to go on the defensive.
Missile attacks on U.S. ships: A threat to deployed forces and a new dilemma for commanders –
This week’s unprecedented cruise missile attacks targeting U.S. warships off Yemen reveal a growing threat to the American military’s ability to project power along foreign coastlines.
Navy launches Tomahawk missiles at rebel sites in Yemen after attacks on U.S. ships –
The U.S. Navy launched Tomahawk missiles early Thursday from the Red Sea at three coastal radar sites in Yemen, destroying targets associated with missile attacks on U.S. ships this week.


Italy urges France to discuss ‘Naval Airbus’ –
Senior officials from Italy’s defense industry and armed forces have issued an unusual appeal for closer cooperation between Italian and French shipyards that could lead toward what is being described in Italy as a “naval Airbus.”
Shipbuilder DCNS expects ‘severe’ competition in Norway’s sub tender –
DCNS anticipates a tough competition in Norway’s prospective tender for attack submarines, with a selection expected in mid-2018, senior executives of the French naval shipbuilder said.
Need to detect drones? There’s an app for that –
Northrop Grumman has demonstrated a cellphone app that identifies drones.
Army orders Apache sensors in $49.3 million contract –
Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $49.3 million Army contract to upgrade sensors for the AH-64E Apache.
Russia, Armenia to set up joint air defense system in the Caucasus –
The Armenian parliament has ratified an agreement between Moscow and Yerevan on the establishment of a single air defense system in the Caucasus region. On Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin asked the Russian State Duma to also approve the agreement, which is aimed at improving security along Russia’s southern border.’
Australia’s ASC being split in three –
Australian naval shipbuilder ASC is being officially split up into three separate companies — shipbuilding, submarine sustainment and infrastructure.
Argentina orders Saab RBS 70 NG air-defence systems –
An order for the RBS 70 NG short-range air-defence (SHORAD) system, announced by Sweden’s Saab-Bofors in late September without disclosing the customer, is from Argentina, sources close to the Argentine Ministry of Defence told Jane’s.
Bell, Fuji engineers busy with UH-X specifications –
Bell Helicopter is working with engineers from Fuji Heavy Industries on modification work prior to starting production of Tokyo’s 150 UH-X helicopters.
Boeing bids in nuclear ballistic missile program –
The race is on to build the next generation of intercontinental ballistic missiles to replace the venerable Minuteman III.
A330 MRTT operators consider broadening tanker mission –
Airbus A330 tanker proven over Iraq, Syria.
India launches global search for single-engine fighter jets –
India has begun a fresh program to acquire single-engine fighter aircraft to be built in India on the basis of foreign technology, as invitations have been sent privately through Indian Embassies to “some overseas participants” to partake in the program.


Air Force begins overhaul of officer evaluations –
The Air Force is starting work on a widespread revamp of how it evaluates and promotes its officers, about a year after wrapping up a similar overhaul of its enlisted performance system.
18 months after surveying airmen’s morale, no sign of results –
A year and a half after the Air Force completed its 2015 Total Force Climate Survey, measuring airmen’s job satisfaction and other morale factors, the service still has not released the results.
Tactical timekeeper: Army to roll out tiny atomic clocks –
Army planners say their tiniest timekeeper is almost ready for the big time. No larger than a sugar cube, the chip-scale atomic clock could give future warfighters a new tactical advantage.
Interview: Rear Adm. Robert Girrier on future of the Navy’s unmanned systems –
One year into his job as the inaugural director of unmanned warfare systems, Rear Adm. Robert Girrier has overseen progress on three key unmanned platforms, begun work on a common-control system to plan and execute missions in multiple domains, and set priorities for out-year budgets.But, he told USNI News in an Oct. 6 interview, said perhaps the biggest accomplishment was finding the directorate’s niche, nestled between the domain-based requirements officers and the warfighters in the fleet.
Marines want small, vertical lift UAS –
Naval Air Systems Command issued a request for information today for a vertical takeoff and landing small unmanned aircraft system.


Veterans forced to wait in heat, stand for long periods of time at SA VA clinic –
The South Texas Veterans Health Care System has promised to add seating to the lobby of a Northwest Side VA clinic, days after KSAT 12 cameras captured video of military veterans and their loved ones sitting outside while waiting for appointments.