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Navy's Brand-New Aircraft Launch System Embarks on Below-Deck Testing

  • Written by Sean Carmichael
  • Published in Maritime

The Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) shipyard in Newport News, Va., is all abuzz as below deck-testing of the Navy’s newest aircraft launch system begins aboard USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78).

Following months of large-scale hardware deliveries containing critical components of the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) and shipboard installation by HII, teams from the government and industry partner General Atomics completed installation of the software--the brains of the new system

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Raytheon SM-6 Missiles Make History in Long-Range Supersonic Tests

A U.S. Navy ship using a Raytheon-made missile has destroyed a target in the longest-distance surface-to-air strike in naval history.

In a milestone series of three tests in June, the destroyer USS John Paul Jones used Standard Missile-6 (SM-6) interceptors to destroy cruise missile targets flying "over the horizon"--part of a Navy exercise that utilized a networked system of sensors, aircraft and ship-borne weapons. Separately, the John Paul Jones used another Raytheon SM-6 to intercept a target traveling at supersonic speeds.

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F-35B Successfully Completes Wet Runway and Crosswind Testing

  • Written by Sean Carmichael
  • Published in Industry

In an important program milestone enabling U.S. Marines Corps initial operational capability (IOC) certification, the Lockheed Martin F-35B recently completed required wet runway and crosswind testing at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.

“This testing is absolutely critical to 2B flight software fleet release and the Marine Corps’ IOC,” said J.D. McFarlan, Lockheed Martin's vice president for F-35 Test & Verification. “Collectively, the results support clearing the 20 knot crosswind envelope for conventional take-offs and landings (CTOL), short take-offs (STO) and short landings (SL), with ideal handling quality ratings and meaningful improvement over legacy fourth-generational fighter aircraft.”

 

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General Atomics Awarded Future Aircraft Carrier Contract

  • Written by Sean Carmichael
  • Published in Industry

U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) awarded General Atomics (GA) an initial sole-source contract for Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) and Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) for the CVN 79 aircraft carrier to be named John F. Kennedy.

This contract is for the initial procurement of the long-lead-time materials in support of a full production contract for installation of EMALS and AAG into CVN 79, the second of the Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carriers. CVN 79 is scheduled to be delivered to the U.S. Navy in 2023.

 

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H.R. 3230 Passed, Providing $15 Billion Emergency VA Funding

  • Written by Sean Carmichael
  • Published in Health

On Thursday, August 7, President Obama signed into law H.R. 3230, the “VA Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014.” The bill provides $15 billion of emergency funding to ensure that veterans do not wait months for care when they are unable to be seen by VA doctors.

The bill comes into law in the wake of a scandal involving thousands of veterans waiting on long care lists that led to the resignation of former Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki. After Shinseki’s resignation in May, Obama vowed to get to the heart of the problem, a problem that was called to attention more than a decade ago but has recently taken the headlines.

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China Naval Modernization

  • Written by Sean Carmichael
  • Published in Maritime

The Congressional Research Service has released its China Naval Modernization: Implications for U.S. Navy Capabilities report.

China is building a modern and regionally powerful Navy with a modest but growing capability for conducting operations beyond China’s near-seas region. The question of how the United States should respond to China’s military modernization effort, including its naval modernization effort, has emerged as a key issue in U.S. defense planning.

 

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KMI Media Group Remembers Major General Harold J. Greene

KMI Media Group is mourning the death Major General Harold J. Greene in Afghanistan. The circumstances of the incident make it even more troubling, but he was there because he was making a difference.

KMI had the distinct privilege of interviewing Brigadier General Greene back in 2011 while he was the Program Executive Officer U.S. Amy Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors. We thought it was a small but fitting tribute to offer his interview from our archives to give a glimpse of his guidance, leadership priorities and focus on protecting the warfighter.

 
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U.S. General Killed in Attack on Afghan Training Base

  • Written by Sean Carmichael
  • Published in Logistics

Earlier today, a shooter wearing an Afghan military uniform opened fire on a training center in Afghanistan, killing one U.S. general and wounding at least 15 coalition troops, including other Americans.

The two-star general killed in the attack is the highest-ranking U.S. officer killed in the nearly 13-year war in the Middle East. The attack occurred at Marshal Fahim National Defense University in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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Proposed $700 Million Missile Sale to Iraq

  • Written by Sean Carmichael
  • Published in Logistics

The United States intends to sell 5,000 AGM-114K/N/R Hellfire missiles, complete with the necessary equipment, parts and training, to the Iraqi government as Baghdad tries to regain ground in its fight against militants. The sale, estimated at $700 million, would be the largest ever of Hellfire missiles.

“Iraq will use the Hellfire missiles to help improve the Iraq Security Forces’ capability to support current on-going ground operations,” said the Defense Security Corporation Agency in a statement Tuesday.

The deal would require approximately five U.S. government personnel and 25 contractors to travel to or reside in Iraq for five years in order to establish maintenance and consulting support to the Iraqi government. The Hellfire missiles would be utilized in support of the Iraq Aviation Command, and contractor support is sought for their Bell 407, OH-58 and Huey II aircraft.

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Enhanced Version of USA Freedom Act Introduced in Senate

  • Written by Sean Carmichael
  • Published in Security

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) introduced a new version of the USA Freedom Act on Tuesday, a bill intended to protect Americans’ phone records and other personal information. The original bill was passed by the House in May.

As a result of the fallout from former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden’s release of confidential information and revelations regarding NSA policy, President Barack Obama asked Congress in January to curb the massive data collection policies in place by the NSA.

The House bill passed in May, while effective in addressing these concerns, was criticized by many as being too vague and lenient, which led to Leahy’s aggressive changes. One of the main concerns voiced by detractors of the House’s bill was the vague definition of “specific selection term,” which could potentially lead to mass information gathering based on broad characteristics such as geographic location.

 

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