Friday, October 31, 2014
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Predator Aircrew Training Pipeline Open Despite Talk Of Retirement In 2017

Inside the Air Force, Oct. 31, 2014 -- HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, NM -- The training pipeline for MQ-1 pilots and sensor operators remains open even though the Air Force's fiscal year 2015 total force plan would phase out the legacy hunter-killer aircraft by 2017.

Recent Joint Test Provides Insights On UAS Sense-And-Avoid Displays

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The National Press Club has awarded its 2014 Newsletter Journalism Award to Inside the Army Associate Editor Jen Judson for her article that broke the news on the Army's plan to divest its Kiowa helicopters and instead use Apache helicopters that would be taken from the National Guard. Read the story and all of our award-winning coverage from prior years.

Aviation Plan 2015: Marines Aim To Increase F-35B Production From 20 To 24 Aircraft Per Year

DefenseAlert, Oct. 30, 2014 -- The Marine Corps wants to increase F-35B production from 20 to 24 aircraft per year, according to the service's 2015 aviation plan.
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Air Force's 2016 F-35 IOC Target Threatened Without A-10 Divestment

DefenseAlert, Oct. 30, 2014 -- The Air Force's target to meet initial operational capability on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter by August 2016 could slip if the experienced A-10 maintainers slated to shift to the fifth-generation platform are forced by Congress to stay put.

Kendall Commissions Air Dominance, Next-Gen Undersea Capabilities, Cyber Task Forces

DefenseAlert, Oct. 30, 2014 -- The Pentagon's acquisition executive, who has repeatedly voiced concerns about future U.S. military technological superiority, has directed four new assessments of capability areas the Defense Department must not cede to competitors -- directing separate task forces to assess air dominance, next-generation unmanned undersea systems, cyber defense and cyber deterrence.

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Comptroller: Pentagon Discussing Future Of OCO Budget, Increased Spending In Europe

DefenseAlert, Oct. 28, 2014 -- The Defense Department is discussing the future of its overseas contingency operations account with the Office of Management and Budget, including the possibility of making OCO a long-lasting piece of the DOD budget.

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Defense Next 10/31/2014

Oshkosh Earnings

Oshkosh said today that sales and profit in its defense group dropped significantly, primarily because of reduced work with the Pentagon. In particular, the company said, last year it was buoyed by producing Mine Resistant Ambush . . .


Exelis Earnings

Defense contractor Exelis said Friday that its sales in the most recent quarter fell to $1.1 billion, down roughly 6 percent from the same three-month period a year earlier. Profit fell 34 percent to $52 million, . . .


Up In Space

The Defense Department should think hard before it decides to disaggregate its military satellite system, according to a new Government Accountability Office report. The report notes: Fiscal constraints and growing threats to space systems have led DOD . . .

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