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SpaceX built cargo rocket destined to the International Space Station destroyed on liftoff

October 28, 2014 by · Comment
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US should be prepared to meet North Korean KN08 ICBM

October 28, 2014 by · Comment
Filed under: missile defense, South Korea, Syndicated Industry News 

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Raytheon to supply Iron Dome components worth $149 million

September 30, 2014 by · Comment
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U.S. Navy’s E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft achieves Initial Operational Capability

NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, PATUXENT RIVER, Md. —  The Airborne Command Control and Logistics Wing announced Oct. 16 that the latest variant of the E-2 aircraft, the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye, achieved Initial Operational Capability Oct. 10. IOC …

Royal Air force now flying their most advanced fighter jets ever

The Royal Air Force’s (RAF) most advanced fighters ever are now in operational service following the largest ever fighter upgrade programme delivered by BAE Systems. Known as Phase 1 Enhancements (P1E), the upgrade package delivers a range of enhancements …

DRAGON program to improve aging E-3

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. (AFNS) -- The Air Force and NATO are undergoing a cooperative development effort, known as the DRAGON program, to upgrade the cockpits of their E-3 Sentry (AWACS) aircraft. DRAGON, which stands for Diminishing Manufacturing …

MQ-4C Triton UAS Arrives at NAS Patuxent River, Enters Next Phase of Testing

PALMDALE, Calif. – Sept. 18, 2014 – The first U.S. Navy MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system (UAS) has completed a flight from California to Maryland. The UAS flew 11 hours from the Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) facility in Palmdale …

US Air Force Expands RQ-4 Global Hawk Fleet

SAN DIEGO – Sept. 15, 2014 – The U.S. Air Force has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) a $354 million primarily firm-fixed-price contract to expand their RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft system (UAS) fleet by three aircraft. Global …

X-47B achieves new set of firsts aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt

NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, PATUXENT RIVER, Md.  – The Navy's X-47B completed its final test aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) Aug. 24 and returned to its home base at Naval Air Station Patuxent River after eight days at sea. While underway,…

Air Force revamps air expeditionary force

WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- The Air Force will deploy Agile Combat Support Airmen under its redesigned air expeditionary force construct October 1. The primary purpose of the redesign was to look at ways to deploy more ACS Airmen with their units and standardize …

B-52 aircrews hone long-range ISR capabilities during PANAMAX 14

BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. -- Airmen from Air Force Global Strike Command recently took advantage of a multinational U.S.. Southern Command-led exercise to hone their long-range reconnaissance capabilities. The 2nd Bomb Wing, Barksdale Air …

B-52 aircrews hone long-range ISR capabilities during PANAMAX 14

BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. -- Airmen from Air Force Global Strike Command recently took advantage of a multinational U.S.. Southern Command-led exercise to hone their long-range reconnaissance capabilities. The 2nd Bomb Wing, Barksdale Air …

95th FS participates in first Red Flag as F-22 combat force

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla.  -- To sharpen their combat power skills, more than 120 personnel and 12 F-22 Raptors from the 95th Fighter Squadron completed two weeks of joint training at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. ending July 25. "This was …

95th FS participates in first Red Flag as F-22 combat force

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla.  -- To sharpen their combat power skills, more than 120 personnel and 12 F-22 Raptors from the 95th Fighter Squadron completed two weeks of joint training at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. ending July 25. "This was …

Tyndall AFB takes F-22 pilot training to next level

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AFNS) -- The Air Force’s ability to continue developing a fifth generation fighter aircraft fleet ready to meet the challenges of future warfare, hinges in large part, on a steady influx of capable and trained F-22 Raptor …

Tyndall AFB takes F-22 pilot training to next level

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AFNS) -- The Air Force’s ability to continue developing a fifth generation fighter aircraft fleet ready to meet the challenges of future warfare, hinges in large part, on a steady influx of capable and trained F-22 Raptor …

Gunfighters participate in RIMPAC, forge partnerships across the globe

7/31/2014 - MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho  -- The Rim of the Pacific biennial maritime security exercise is a multinational training opportunity taking place in and around the Hawaiian Islands. This year's RIMPAC exercise, the …

Gunfighters participate in RIMPAC, forge partnerships across the globe

7/31/2014 - MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho  -- The Rim of the Pacific biennial maritime security exercise is a multinational training opportunity taking place in and around the Hawaiian Islands. This year's RIMPAC exercise, the …

Marine Corps tests the UHAC – a new logistics amphibian

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Congressman Garamendi Stands with Veterans in Support of Big VA Overhaul — Press Release

July 30, 2014 by · Comment
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WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-Fairfield, CA), a Member of the House Armed Services Committee, voted to pass the conference report for H.R. 3230, the Veterans’ Access to Care Through , Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014, a bipartisan agreement to improve accountability at the Department of Veterans Affairs and expand access to care for veterans.  It passed by a recorded vote of 420 to 5. The Senate is expected to pass the bill later this week, which will send it to the President’s desk where it will be signed into law.

“This legislation is long overdue. The VA’s excessive wait times and reports of fraudulent appointment practices for medical care are a national disgrace, and this bill is Congress’ most substantive action yet to immediately solve this problem. There is no excuse in forcing veterans to wait months for needed treatments,” Congressman Garamendi said. “We’re addressing the problem in the short term by expanding options for veterans seeking private care if necessary and in the long term by hiring more health care providers. In addition to the hiring of additional medical staff at our existing facilities, it’s also important for Northern California that two new facilities will be built in Chico and Redding, helping reduce the burden on strained VA facilities throughout the region.”

On July 25th, Congressman Garamendi joined 116 Members of Congress in sending a letter to Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Reid urging them to get a deal done for veterans before the August Recess period.

Congressman Garamendi has consistently voted for efforts to reduce the VA claims backlog and increase care capacity for veterans, claims backlog and increase care capacity for veterans, expressed outrage when the original Senate version of this VA reform legislation was filibustered by a minority of Senators. Garamendi’s office has helped secure more than $3.5 million in owed VA claims this year alone for constituents.

 

The bill provides $10 billion to fund newly established program to immediately address the VA wait-time crisis by allowing veterans who have waited at least 30 days for an appointment with the VA or who live more than 40 miles from a VA facility to seek care from a non-VA source (such as a private physician, community health center, Department of Defense health care facility or Indian Health Center). 

The bill allocates $5 billion to the VA  to address systemic problems within the VA health care system by hiring more primary and specialty care physicians and other medical staff and includes incentives to attract more doctors, nurses and other medical personnel to the VA.

A number of Veterans’ Service Organizations (VSOs) have voiced support for this conference agreement including the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), Paralyzed Veterans of America, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), and Disabled American Veterans (DAV).

Key Provisions of the Veterans’ Access to Care through, Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014 

Expanding Access to Health Care for Veterans: The bulk of the funding in this agreement – $10 billion in emergency funding – is dedicated to expanding access to non-VA health care options for veterans who have been left waiting for more than 30 days for an appointment or live more than 40 miles from the nearest VA facility. Eligible veterans must be enrolled in the VA health care system by August 1, 2014 or have served in active-duty within the last five years.

Addressing the Shortage of Health Professionals in the VA: The bill provides $5 billion to the VA to hire more primary and specialty care physicians and other medical staff. The agreement also includes incentives to attract more doctors, nurses and other medical personnel to the VA, and to increase medical education opportunities to attract doctors in the future.  

Sexual Assault: The bill expands VA authority to provide counseling, care, and other services to veterans and certain other non-veteran servicemembers who have experienced military sexual trauma during active or inactive duty training (including members of the National Guard and Reserves). The conference agreement also requires the VA and DOD to conduct an annual assessment focused on the transition and continuum of care from the DOD to the VA for those who have experiences military sexual trauma.  

VA Facilities: The conference report includes $1.5 billion for leases for 27 new VA clinics, bringing care closer to locations where veterans live and increasing access to specialty care services. Chico and Redding are home to two of these new community-based outpatient centers, helping to reduce burdens on facilities in or near the 3rd District.

Expanding Access to Education for Veterans & Their Families: The bill let’s veterans who are eligible for education benefits under the Post 9-11 New GI Bill qualify for in-state tuition. The bill also expands the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship to include spouses of members of the Armed Services who die in the line of duty while serving in active duty.

Community-Based Housing for Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): The bill extends a VA program that was about to expire that allows veterans struggling with TBI to live in community-based, rehabilitative housing.

Accountability: The conference agreement gives the VA Secretary the authority to immediately fire or demote senior executives based on poor job performance or misconduct. The bill also includes an expedited appeals process for terminated employees to prevent political firings and protect whistleblowers from retaliation. Additionally it significantly limits the VA from providing future employee bonuses. 

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THE FIRST ITALIAN BUILT EUROFIGHTER TRANCHE 3 TAKES TO THE SKIES — Press Release

image007The first Eurofighter Typhoon Tranche 3 made by Partner Company Alenia Aerrmacchi has successfully completed its first flight. The aircraft performed “very well,” according to Alenia Aermacchi test pilot Mario Mutti. The multi-role jet flew for about an hour. “All flight controls were exercised with the systems and aircraft performing as expected,”said Captain Mutti.

The aircraft is the 64th Eurofighter for the Italian Air Force and embodies a number of under the skin changes that effectively allow a full exploitation of the most advanced present and future capabilities of the platform and of its on-board systems and sensors.

Eurofighter Tranche 3 aircraft, with their 100s of modifications, changes and additions, represent a major achievement in the evolution of the world’s leading combat aircraft.

The Tranche 3 standard embodies a number of changes that effectively enhance the aircraft’s performance and which allow for future upgrades making it more attractive to current and potential export customers.

Photo courtesy: Alenia Aermacchi

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INEGMA and Orient Planet Join Forces to Deliver Effective PR Strategies for Defense, Security and Risk Industries — Press Release

July 8, 2014 by · Comment
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Riad Kahwaji, CEO, INEGMA and Nidal Abou Zaki, Managing Director, Orient Planet

The Institute for Near East and Gulf Military Analysis (INEGMA), a strategy and security consultancy, research house, and leading conference organizer in defense, security, and risk industries; and Orient Planet, one of the Middle East’s fastest growing integrated marketing and communications companies, recently entered into a joint venture to establish a new unit called Orient PlanetINEGMA. The specialized unit aims to effectively deliver Public Relations (PR) and strategic communication campaigns targeting the defense, security, and risk domains.

Orient PlanetINEGMA’s well-developed PR and marketing solutions will be infused with insights and analyses to ensure focused and comprehensive strategies. It will leverage on its expertise, resources, and extensive knowledge of the Middle East region to provide thorough approach to the communication needs of its regional and international clients. The new unit offers a range of services including media relations, publicity, marketing communications, crisis management, event management, research, brand marketing, community relations, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs, media training and monitoring.

Riad Kahwaji, CEO, INEGMA, said: “At INEGMA, we recognize the importance of having focused and powerful communication strategies that are tailored to fit the needs of security and defense industries. These strategies must be consistent and properly delivered through most effective means. This is why our partnership with Orient Planet is a welcome development. Its outstanding track record of providing relevant communications and PR strategies fully complements our commitment to excellence and high quality service. Through Orient PlanetINEGMA, we will offer communication solutions for the very dynamic and complex defense, security, and risk industries, and there create relevant PR and marketing strategies. Clients in the defense and security sectors will be assured of sophisticated, timely, and significant solutions to their PR and marketing needs.”

Nidal Abou Zaki, Managing Director, Orient Planet, said: “Orient PlanetINEGMA is the first of its kind PR unit in the region to offer a diverse range of communication-based services in highly specialized industries of defense, security, and risks. We are pleased that we are bridging this gap in the market with INEGMA whose expertise in these three areas are widely recognized. Orient Planet INEGMA will help companies in these domains to further establish their brand and identity and effectively reach their target audience.”

With offices in Dubai (Headquarters), Washington D.C., Brussels, and Beirut, INEGMA has built a reputation for supporting the flow of specialist insight, knowledge, and information into the region from the outside, and from within the region to partners as far as Washington D.C. and Tokyo. INEGMA brings together the reach of a strong international network with specialist expertise and proven competence across a spectrum of advisory areas. These include, but not exclusive to, risk mitigation, strategic communication, and defense trade.

Orient Planet, on the other hand, is recognized for its expertise to craft creative and comprehensive communications and marketing strategies across any platform – whether traditional or digital media. Its end goal is to form empowered and lasting relationships between its clients and their target market audience. The company provides wide-range of services, while its client portfolio includes some of the foremost corporate brands in the Arab World. To date, it has a network of offices, branches and affiliates in most Middle Eastern countries.

Photo courtesy of Orient PlanetINEGMA.

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Pasternack Expands Line of F Attenuators Operating from DC to 3 GHz — Press Release

New 75 Ohm Broadcast Attenuators for HD Video Applications from Pasternack

July 8, 2014 – Irvine, CA – Pasternack Enterprises, Inc., an industry leading manufacturer and supplier of RF, microwave and millimeter wave products, announces their expanded line of 75 Ohm F attenuators. This new line of F-type attenuators is perfect for broadcast, HDTV and satcom applications in the L and S microwave bands up to 3 GHz.

Pasternack’s new F attenuators are available in 1 to 10 dB values in 1 dB steps, with 16 and 20 dB values also available. These F 75 Ohm fixed attenuators are widely used in the broadcast industry for signal leveling and to attenuate (or reduce) strong input signals to sensitive broadcasting equipment.

The new 75 Ohm F attenuators from Pasternack operate from DC to 3 GHz at a max power of 2 Watts, making them high definition TV compatible. Pasternack HD attenuators are constructed with brass bodies that are tri-metal plated for added durability. The center contacts are gold plated which provides low loss and uniform signal strength for the life of the product. These F attenuators meet IEC 60169-24 standards and are compatible all other standard F-type components.

“Pasternack expands its 75 Ohm product offering to now include 75 Ohm HD type-F attenuators that operate to 3 GHz,” says Gerry Camacho, VP of Technical Marketing at Pasternack Enterprises, Inc. “Our new line of F attenuators are available in 1 dB steps up to 10 dB, which are a good solution for signal strength leveling.”

The new 3 GHz F attenuators are in-stock and available to ship from Pasternack now. For additional information and details about these HDTV attenuators, please visit http://www.pasternack.com/pages/Featured_Products/f-attenuators.htm. For inquiries, Pasternack Enterprises, Inc. can be contacted at +1-949-261-1920.

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ORBIT Communication Systems and Inmarsat sign MOA for Global Xpress ® government aero terminals opportunities — Press Release

3 July, 2014 – Inmarsat, the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services and ORBIT, a leading provider of satellite communication, Earth observation, tracking & telemetry and communication management systems, have entered into a Memorandum of Arrangement (MOA) regarding the manufacture of aviation terminals for Global Xpress (GX) serving the government market. GX is the next generation of global mobile broadband services operating in Ka-band, strengthening Inmarsat’s position as the world leader in global mobile satellite communications.

Inmarsat and ORBIT will work closely to identify specific opportunities in which ORBIT’s technical offering is best suited to driving the uptake of GX by end-users requiring airborne satellite broadband connectivity.  Under the arrangement, ORBIT will provide airborne tracking and communication GX antenna terminals, addressing further prospects identified in the government market, including unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and fixed and rotary wing platforms.

“We are delighted to be announcing this new collaboration with ORBIT,” said Andy Start, President, Inmarsat Global Government. “Global Xpress offers significant opportunities in the Government aviation market, providing the world’s first global high-speed broadband service, which is capable of supporting the most advanced, bandwidth hungry applications virtually anywhere in the world.”

“ORBIT is proud to be part of this important alliance with Inmarsat. Inmarsat’s selection of ORBIT’s products is a vote of confidence in our Ka-Band VSAT antennas solutions and excellent rapport with the Government sector worldwide”, said Ofer Greenberger, the Chairman of ORBIT -CS, Inc., and CEO of ORBIT-CS, Ltd.

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Northrop Receives $3.6B Multiyear Contract for 25 E-2D Advanced Hawkeye

FALLS CHURCH, Va. – June 30, 2014 – The U.S. Navy has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) a $3.6 billion fixed price, incentive fee multiyear contract to deliver 25 new E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft, bringing the total …

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