Headlines – August 30, 2017

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News

North Korea fires missile over Japan in aggressive test –
North Korea carried out one of its most provocative missile tests in recent years early Aug. 29, hurling a ballistic missile directly over Japan that prompted the government in Tokyo to warn residents in its path to take cover.
 
Search still underway for service member missing after Army Black Hawk crash –
A U.S. service member remains missing three days after an Army Black Hawk helicopter crashed off the coast of Yemen, according to U.S. Central Command.
 
 

Business

Eastern European allies eye fighter jet, helo procurements –
Russian intervention in Ukraine has provided increased impetus toward military modernization efforts in Eastern Europe. The region’s allies remain largely dependent on Soviet-designed aircraft, as demonstrated by the presence of Mikoyan MiG fighters in their air fleets, but a number of countries are in the process of procuring Western-made jets and helos to upgrade their air combat and transport capacities.
 
India to announce road map for single-engine fighter program –
To accelerate the Make in India initiative under the strategic partnership model, the ruling National Democratic Alliance will formally issue a request for information next month to Lockheed Martin of the U.S. and Saab of Sweden to manufacture single-engine fighters in collaboration with a private company in the India.
 
General Atomics’s MQ-9B SkyGuardian UAV has flown through U.S. national aerospace –
The SkyGuardian is an internal General Atomics project to develop a Predator-like drone that can be certified by civil authorities to fly in national airspace in regions such as Europe.
 
Subs, cruise missiles to drive Poland’s Navy modernization –
To preserve the capacities of the Polish Navy, the military’s most underinvested service, the Ministry of Defense is pursuing a number of procurements. Local analysts say, however, without accelerated efforts to purchase new vessels and gear, the Navy could soon lose its capability to effectively operate in the Baltic Sea.
 
Newest U.S. carrier receives Globecomm video system –
Gerald R. Ford, the Navy’s newest carrier, will receive the fleet’s first IP-video system.
 
 

Defense

Air Force acknowledges clandestine base in UAE –
For the first time in over a decade, the U.S. Air Force is publicly acknowledging it runs an air war out of Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates.
 
Navy’s resupply and surge sealift ships facing readiness decline –
Navy ships that provide at-sea resupply of fuel, ammo and other surface combatant essentials have seen a surge of readiness issues in the past five years, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.
 
First F-35A squadrons to get full combat capability In September –
The U.S. Air Force’s first operational F-35 squadron is slated to receive the first fully combat-capable aircraft in September, as the service contemplates sending the stealth fighter to the Pacific.
 
 

Veterans

Trump’s most popular Cabinet secretary is Obama holdover –
VA Secretary David Shulkin has proved to be something unique in President Donald Trump’s Washington: an Obama appointee nominated by Trump who is beloved by almost everyone and getting stuff done.