Headlines – September 8, 2017



Explosion at Bagram Airfield injures multiple personnel –
An explosion outside an entry control point at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan Sept. 6 has resulted in multiple casualties, U.S. Forces Afghanistan said.


Rafael to offer Spike missile in Eastern European vehicle tenders –
With a number of Eastern European nations aiming to acquire new infantry fighting vehicles for their land forces, Israel’s Rafael plans to offer its Spike LR guided missile in partnership with vehicle manufacturers.
Leonardo DRS boss: ‘Long CR would hurt’ T-X trainer effort –
William Lynn III, the CEO of Leonardo DRS, spoke to Defense News Executive Editor Jill Aitoro about the challenges and opportunities involved in the U.S. Air Force’s T-X trainer effort in the wake of budgetary debate in Congress.
Saab joins forces with Polish shipyard, eyes sub tender –
As Poland plans to purchase three new submarines for its navy, Sweden’s Saab Kockums hopes to take a leading position in the race through its cooperation with a local shipyard.
Bell eyes Poland, Romania for helo procurements –
With numerous Eastern European nations gearing towards phasing out Soviet-designed helos, Bell Helicopter says it is offering aircraft that could replace their outdated fleets.
Northrop Grumman wins DARPA computer chip contract –
Northrop Grumman has been awarded a $7.1 million DARPA contract to develop better computer chips.
Elbit Systems supplying C4ISR solution to unidentified navy –
Israel’s Elbit Systems is providing a C4ISR solution to an unidentified navy is the Asia-Pacific region.
CACI wins Air Force cyber software contract –
CACI has been awarded a $51 million Air Force task order to develop cyber software.
Boeing, Airbus raise alarms over United Tech, Rockwell deal –
Airplane-makers Boeing and Airbus raised concerns Sept. 5 about the proposed tie-up of industrial company United Technologies Corporation and aerospace parts-maker Rockwell Collins, saying the deal could raise costs or slow the production of planes. Boeing and Airbus both buy equipment from UTC and Rockwell Collins.
Mobile camouflage system displayed at DSEI 17 –
Saab Defense Group will be displaying its business unit Barracuda’s Mobile Camouflage System at the Defense and Security International 2017 trade show.


Norquist warns of ‘corrosive,’ wasteful multiple continuing resolutions –
As the Pentagon stares down yet another continuing resolution, the building’s top budget official is warning that repeated uses of the budget procedure is “corrosive” to the military and wasteful of taxpayer dollars.
For U.S. Air Force, it’s all about data –
The U.S. Air Force is undergoing a “paradigm shift” in the way it approaches intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, and the future of new unmanned platforms perform those needs, according to the service‘s acting associate deputy chief of staff for ISR.
Navy secretary: Service to reach out to private sector as part of strategic review –
The U.S. Navy will talk to the private sector as part of a strategic readiness review amid questions raised about operational capabilities after two fatal collisions this summer, Navy Secretary Richard Spencer said Sept. 6.
U.S. experts tout space-based sensors, lasers for active defense –
A panel of experts on Sept. 6 singled out space-based sensors and directed-energy interceptors as technologies that the U.S. must continue to develop if it intends to stay ahead of the proliferating threat of ballistic and cruise missiles.
Pentagon’s plan to keep the F-35 modern –
The program executive officer for the F-35, Vice Adm. Matt Winter, lays out the plan to begin modernizing the new aircraft as soon as it rolls off the line.
Protecting U.S. assets in space –
Although the attention given to missile defense is warranted, protecting space assets cannot be ignored. At the Defense News Conference, leaders in both domains discussed the challenges involved in protecting some of America’s most valuable assets.
Top defense innovators offer glimpse of the future –
Four of the military and intelligence communities’ leading innovation officials talk about the technologies that will change the way the United States fights and defends.
F-35 program office floats new ‘agile acquisition’ strategy –
F-35 JPO head Vice Adm. Mat Winter will bring a new plan to the Defense Department’s top acquisition official for final approval in late October, Winter said during a keynote speech at the Defense News conference.
U.S. Navy secretary addresses recent collisions, maps out path forward –
U.S. Navy Secretary Richard Spencer addresses two recent collisions between Navy destroyers and merchant ships in the Pacific region, and lays out his reasoning for holding two separate safety reviews.
Marine Corps combat leader details future operating concepts –
Lt. Gen. Bob Walsh, head of Marine Corps Combat Development Command, provides details on the service’s new and upcoming concepts, specifically littoral operations for the contested environment.
U.S. Army ordering new shoulder-fired recoilless rifles –
The U.S. Army is ordering new reusable Carl-Gustaf recoilless 84mm weapons from Saab.


Marine who died in WWII to be buried in Louisiana –
A 24-year-old Marine who was killed in one of the bloodiest battles of World War II will be buried Sept. 15 in Louisiana.