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 •  September 5, 2016

WASHINGTON — Following two more serious engineering incidents involving separate littoral combat ships, the commander of US naval surface forces ordered an engineering stand down on all LCS crews and directed all LCS sailors to be retrained in engineering procedures. Although the Navy announced the moves Sept. 5, the stand downs were all completed...

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 •  September 2, 2016

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — The New Zealand Defence Force issued a request for tenders Friday for a new naval ship to support littoral operations. Requirements for the new Royal New Zealand Navy vessel include hydrography (from the coast out to 60-100 meters in water depth), support for military diving and mine countermeasures within New Zealand’s...

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 •  September 2, 2016

WASHINGTON -- The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) this week rescinded a $5 billion, ten-year agreement with a subsidiary of Lockheed Martin, due to concerns over the sale of the subsidiary to Leidos. On Aug. 26, the government awarded the Lockheed-owned Nevada Site Science Support and Technologies Corporation (NVS3T) the contract to...

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 •  September 1, 2016

TEL AVIV – Thursday’s loss of the Israeli-built Amos-6 communications satellite in a launch pad explosion at Cape Canaveral marked a strategic setback, but also opportunities, for the Israeli space industry, whose follow-on orders were threatened by the planned sale of Spacecom, the Tel Aviv-based satellite operator, to a Beijing...

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 •  September 1, 2016

WASHINGTON — A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket exploded during tests Thursday morning at Cape Canaveral, resulting in the destruction of its payload, the company confirmed. The incident occurred at around 9:07 a.m. as the rocket was being readied for static fire tests. The Falcon 9 was intended to launch a Spacecom AMOS-6 communications satellite, built by...

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 •  September 1, 2016

WASHINGTON — Amid a growing focus on the Pentagon’s cyber vulnerabilities, it plans to reprogram $100 million toward uncovering such flaws in major weapon systems, according to budget documents posted this week. Defense Department Comptroller Mike McCord notified Congress Aug. 29 of plans to move the money from a technology analysis account to a...

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 •  September 1, 2016

NEW DELHI — India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) has put on hold the purchase of two intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance (ISTAR) aircraft from Raytheon of the United States, due to internal wrangling between the Indian Air Force (IAF) and the Defence Research Development Organization (DRDO) over which of the two should be...

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 •  September 1, 2016

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Aircraft manufacturer Sikorsky has been awarded a $135.4 million foreign military sales contract for 24 UH-60M Black Hawk utility helicopters for Taiwan’s Air Cavalry Brigades under the Aviation and Special Forces Command to replace ageing UH-1H Huey utility helicopters. Taiwan ordered sixty Black Hawks in 2010 for $3.1 billion....

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 •  September 1, 2016

In an attempt to get acquisition efforts right in an age of fast-paced technology development amid hybrid warfare in a highly unpredictable world, the Army officially launched its Rapid Capabilities Office August 31. Army Secretary Eric Fanning announced the new office’s launch at a Bloomberg Government event in Washington. The first areas the...

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 •  August 31, 2016

WASHINGTON — The US Air Force on Tuesday stood up its first KC-46 training unit, but looking forward, the head of Air Mobility Command said the service may need more new refueling tankers than the current program of record. With Air Force’s 56th Air Refueling Squadron at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma, now active, it can begin training KC-46A...