Thursday, April 24, 2014

DTN News - DEFENSE NEWS: Top Air Force General Doesn't Know If F-22 Successor Will Even Fly

DTN News - DEFENSE NEWS: Top Air Force General Doesn't Know If F-22 Successor Will Even Fly
Source: DTN News - - This article compiled by K. V. Seth from reliable sources By Joel Gehrke - Washington Examiner
(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - April 24, 2014Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh doesn't know if the successor to the F-22 Raptor, the Air Force's fifth generation fighter, will fly.

"I don't even know that it's an airplane," Welsh told reporters Wednesday morning. "I wouldn't try and characterize it or describe it. I have no idea yet what it's going to look like, even is, whether it flies, or whether it's a combination of things — just don't know."

Welsh said that Air Force officials have to begin thinking about "what does air superiority look like 30 years from now" because the government doesn't react quickly enough to be prepared with the necessary technology if the research doesn't begin very far in advance.

Lockheed Martin, which made the F-22, would like the fighter's successor to have "greater speed, range, stealth and self-healing structures; developments that will require new breakthroughs in propulsion, materials, power generation and weapon technology," according to a 2012 report from Air Force Technology.

The development of the F-22 was undermined by high costs, though. "Alarmed by soaring costs, the Defense Department shut down production last year after spending $67.3 billion on just 188 planes -- leaving the Air Force to rely mainly on its fleet of 30-year-old conventional fighters," the Los Angeles Times noted in 2013.

"The Air Force began laying plans to build the F-22 in the early 1980s. A decade later, it estimated it would take nine years and $12.6 billion to develop the jet, but it ended up taking 19 years and costing $26.3 billion, not including the production of any aircraft. By the time production was completed, the F-22 cost an average of $412 million each, up from the original estimate of $149 million."

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

DTN News - DEFENSE NEWS: U.S. DoD Awarded Contract $31 Million To Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., For Maintenance Services of F-5N/F Aircrafts

DTN News - DEFENSE NEWS: U.S. DoD Awarded Contract $31 Million To Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., For Maintenance Services of F-5N/F Aircrafts
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(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - April 23, 2014: Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., St. Augustine, Fla., is being awarded a $31,135,442 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost-reimbursement, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the depot maintenance services of 44 Navy and Marine Corps Reserve F-5N/F aircraft. 

The services will include depot level maintenance, aircraft inspections, repairs, overhauls, emergency repairs, modifications, engineering support, and procurement of structural components as required to sustain the F-5N/F aircraft. 

Work will be performed in St. Augustine, Fla. (96 percent); Springville, Utah (3 percent); and Emmen, Switzerland (1 percent), and is expected to be completed in March 2015. 

Fiscal 2014 operations and maintenance, Navy Reserve funds in the amount of $7,386,924 are being obligated at time of award, all of which will expire at the end of the fiscal year. 

This contract was not competitively procured pursuant to FAR 6.302-1. 


The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity (N00019-14-D-0022).

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

DTN News - CHINA SPACE NEWS: China Takes The Fight To Space

DTN News - CHINA SPACE NEWS: China Takes The Fight To Space
*The 21st-century battlefield in East Asia might not be on water or air, but in space.
Source: DTN News - - This article compiled by K. V. Seth from reliable sources By Michael Auslin
(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - April 22, 2014The debate over U.S. military presence in Asia usually centers on traditional areas like water or air. Yet Chinese President Xi Jinping has provided evidence that military competition may be shifting from ships and planes to space. He showcased China's military priorities when last week he encouraged his country's air force to better integrate its air and space capabilities. Although not as dramatic as President John F. Kennedy's 1961 call for a U.S. mission to the Moon, the Chinese leader's desire to expand the realm of military competition are clear. Washington should prepare for crippling attacks on satellites and other communications systems before it is too late.

China's plan to militarize its space activities has been in development for years. Its space program is controlled by its military, unlike in the U.S., where military services and NASA have separate agencies and leadership. Repeated Pentagon reports in recent years on China's military activities have noted the country has built up the means of disabling foreign satellites. And technological advantages have been growing steadily.

China shocked the world in 2007 by successfully destroying one of its aging weather satellites, demonstrating an anti-satellite capability that few nations can match. That test created a cloud of debris that continues to bedevil satellites and the International Space Station. Beijing also tested what is widely believed to have been a new, mobile-launched anti-satellite missile last May.

By comparison, the Pentagon has no formal anti-satellite system under development. And at a time when America's exploration program of the Moon has ended, China's has just begun. Its "Jade Rabbit" moon rover, the first Earth vehicle to visit the lunar surface in almost 40 years, successfully landed last December. Although Jade Rabbit broke down halfway through its planned three-month mission—highlighting the complexities of sustained space programs—China's goal remains to execute a manned mission to the Moon and possibly even establish a lunar base.

Which gets to Mr. Xi's high-profile exhortation last week that he will guide his country's growing technological expertise toward making space another dimension of the battlefield. How might Beijing integrate its air and space capabilities, and to what end? This is where both American homeland security and military planners need to be concerned.

There are currently only 30 operational GPS satellites operated by the U.S. Any Chinese ability to target those satellites could potentially disrupt, if not cripple, GPS operations on which everything from weather reporting to civil aviation to smartphone apps rely. That would impose huge costs on the American economy and potentially shut down entire industries. It is the 21st century version of saturation bombing, designed to target civilians and break their will to resist.

Similarly, Mr. Xi is moving China into a position where it could deny U.S. military forces their one unquestioned global advantage: a networked battle system. The U.S. Air Force operates around 20 advanced satellite communications systems.

Targeting those and some GPS satellites could make U.S. military operations difficult, if not impossible, to undertake. It could eliminate the effectiveness of precision-guided munitions. The U.S. Congress has become so concerned about this vulnerability that it requested that the Pentagon run studies on the ability of the U.S. military to operate in communications-denied environments.

Offensive space weapons would undoubtedly be employed in conjunction with China's advanced cyber warfare capabilities. By blinding satellites while knocking down computer networks through distributed denials of service, Beijing could effectively prevent U.S. forces from operating in Asia and beyond. This is what the Chinese call "war under informationized conditions," a twist on the "joint operations" that the U.S. military touts. The potential of such an attack is not based on military branches, but on capabilities.

Consider the threat of increased space presence to some of Asia's flashpoints. Blinding some of America's spy satellites could deprive policy makers of timely intelligence on Chinese naval and air moves to threaten foreign-held territory, such as the disputed Senkaku Islands. Introducing just enough uncertainty to delay American or joint allied decision-making could give Chinese forces the margin of success necessary to present Washington with a fait accompli. It would undoubtedly be even easier to isolate and interrupt the military activities of America's smaller allies, leaving Washington with a heavier burden.

The trend is clear: President Obama may want to shrink the military and surrender America's lead in space, but China is moving in the opposite direction. Eventually, Beijing will have a lead. At that point, American policy makers will be forced on the defensive while grasping to connect the dots of seemingly disparate events in space and cyberspace. America prides itself on being the world's technological powerhouse, but that is a diminishing advantage when others have a clearer view of why they are aiming at the stars.

Mr. Auslin is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and a columnist for wsj.com. He is on Twitter @michaelauslin.

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Monday, April 21, 2014

DTN News - RUSSIA DEFENSE NEWS: Russia’s Reliance on Ukraine For Military Hardware Raises Fears

DTN News - RUSSIA DEFENSE NEWS: Russia’s Reliance on Ukraine For Military Hardware Raises Fears
Source: DTN News - - This article compiled by K. V. Seth from reliable sources By Jan Cienski in Warsaw - FT.com
(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - April 21, 2014The Motor Sich plant in Zaporozhia, 230km west of Donetsk, makes the engines for most Russian military helicopters, including the Mi-24, which has been used to patrol the border with Ukraine in the recent troop build-up.

But the Russian air force’s dependence on the Motor Sich plant is causing concern for military strategists.

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin moved swiftly to annex Crimea, in the first land grab in Europe since the second world war, and EU and US are worried over Moscow’s intentions elsewhere in Ukraine.

Ukraine also makes the gears used in many Russian ships and transport planes at the Antonov factory in Kiev. The Yuzhmash factory in Dnipropetrovsk, in south-central Ukraine, designs, produces and maintains Russia’s SS-18 intercontinental ballistic missiles as well as components for its space rockets.

Anders Aslund, a Swedish economist who was an adviser to the Kremlin in the 1990s and to Ukraine a decade ago, says the reliance on Ukraine could be a factor in any Russian invasion.

“The military-industrial complex in Russia has been very strongly in favour of incursion into Ukraine and wants to annex southeast Ukraine to take control of those plants,” said Mr Aslund, a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington.

Without engines from Motor Sich, Russia’s plans of adding as many as 1,000 attack helicopters to its fleet becomes much more difficult. Russia has been working to develop its own engine plants, but is still heavily dependent on Ukrainian production.

Ukraine was a core part of the Soviet Union’s industrial might. After the collapse of the USSR, about a third of the Soviet defence industry was left in Ukraine. Today, about 40 per cent of Ukraine’s exports to Russia consist of machinery and armaments, according to Mr Aslund.

Russia is engaged in a 10-year rearmament programme worth about Rbs23tn ($646bn). Initially, some of that was to be bought from abroad, such as two Mistral amphibious assault ships being built in France. Those orders are now threatened by potential sanctions.

“Russia will have no choice but to move towards a more autarchical model for its military purchases,” said Andrew Michta, of the Centre for European Policy Analysis, a Washington think-tank.

But in the conclusion to its report on the Ukrainian defence industry, Rusi says the invasion of Ukraine by Russia to capture production of military equipment would be “a very 19th-century way of looking at a 21st-century relationship”.

Rusi added that even that extreme scenario could not be ruled out in current circumstances.

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

DTN News: Indian Election 2014 News Dated April 20, 2014

DTN News: Indian Election 2014 News Dated April 20, 2014
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  1. BJP moves Election Commission against appointment of Lokpal ...

    NDTV-7 hours ago
    Press Trust of India | Updated: April 202014 10:40 IST ... New Delhi: BJP today moved the Election Commission (EC) seeking directions from it to stop the ... and asked the EC to allow all such voters to exercise their franchise at a later date.
  2. BJP distances itself from Giriraj Singh's Pakistan remark

    India.com-4 hours ago
    By Indo-Asian News Service @indiacom | April 202014 5:15 PM | comment ... Giriraj Singh, addressing an election rally in Deogarh, Jharkhand, had said: “Jo log ... at Pakistan, and such people will have no place in India but in Pakistan). ... In a letter dated July 27, 1982 to Indira Gandhi as prime minister I referred to an act, ...
  3. India's Democracy Reaches Out to Lone Voter in Gir Forest

    The New Indian Express-3 hours ago
    Sunday, April 202014 08:13 PM ... This time too, the ElectionCommission of India is making all arrangements to ensure ... "Around four-five polling officials will travel to Banej on April 29 night carrying with them the ... Till date there has been no incident of any wild animals attacking the polling team," Lalit ...
  4. 'Don't politicise Rajiv Gandhi assassination case verdict'

    Zee News-51 minutes ago
    ... said that Chief Justice of India P Sathasivam's indication that verdict on a ... "With polling scheduled on April 24, Justice Sathasivam saying that an important verdict will be pronounced before his retirement date of April 25 has led to ... On February 20, the apex court stayed the state government's order on ...
  5. Herald History: 25 years since the old Tamworth Peel Arms closed

    Tamworth Herald-4 hours ago
    By Tamworth Herald | Posted: April 202014 ... traditional English food in an era before the burgeoning popularity of Indian and Chinese cuisine. ... Parts of the Grade II listed building dated back to the 1600s, when it was known as the ... At election times activity was particularly intensive and the town's two most famous MPs, ...
  6. Election Commission seeks cancellation of tax benefits to 10...

    Daily News & Analysis-11 hours ago
    Sunday, 20 April 2014 - 9:12am IST | Place: New Delhi | Agency: PTI ... Ekta Party, Dharamrajya Paksh, Socialist Unity Centre of India(Communist), ... rule 85B of Conduct of Election rules, 1961 before the due date for furnishing a return of ...
  7. LS elections Live: 2014 likely to see highest voter turnout ever

    Firstpost-by Ayeshea Perera-Apr 16, 2014
    LS elections Live: 2014 likely to see highest voter turnout ever ... that the party would win 60 seats in the state and over 350 in India. ..... seat was earlier scheduled 9 April and it was postponed to Friday due to a three-day .... A Chhattisgarh election commission official told IANS that till 10 a.m., 18-20 percent ...
  8. TN Police Personnel Happy After Maiden Date with Biggest ...

    The New Indian Express-13 hours ago
    While 673 cops cast their votes on the first day on April 15, ... said that the electioncommission has instructed that all police personnel, home ...
  9. Political Insider: Jeff Stone takes to the airwaves

    The Desert Sun-6 hours ago
    TDS 10:15 p.m. PDT April 19, 2014 ... June primary election, Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone has hit the airwaves. ... and the need to elect a Riverside County conservative to the Senate. ... of Sovereign Indian Nations; Cathedral City Mayor Kathy DeRosa; ... It will be held at 5 p.m. April 28 at the Palm Springs Hilton.
  10. The World's Largest Election Begins

    TIME-Apr 8, 2014
    Pre-election opinion surveys saw a strong showing for the Bharatiya Janata ... Farmers to Get More Water April 18, 2014 Turkey's Gul Rules Out Job Swap ... 4/20 Celebration April 18, 2014 Female 'Penis' Found on Brazilian Cave Insects ... district, in the northeasternIndian state of Assam, April 5, 2014.
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DTN News: Mystery of Malaysia Airlines MH370 Top Stories / Headlines News Dated April 20, 2014

DTN News: Mystery of Malaysia Airlines MH370 Top Stories / Headlines News Dated April 20, 2014
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  1. www.malaysiaairlines.com/my/en/site/dark-site.html   Cached
    Monday, April 07, 07:45 PM MYT +0800 Malaysia Airlines MH370 Flight Incident - Press Briefing by Hishammuddin Hussein, Minister of Defence and Acting Minister of ...
  2. www.cbc.ca/news/world/malaysia-airlines-mh370-australian-pm...
    With no new underwater signals detected, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Saturday that the massive search for the Malaysian jet would likely continue "for ...
  3. www.cbc.ca/news/world/malaysia-airlines-mh370-new-possible-pings...
    Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 disappearance and search; Malaysia Airlines MH370: Malay Mukherjee, relative of missing Canadians, hopes for closure
  4. www.cnn.com/2014/04/15/world/asia/malaysia-airlines-plane/index.html   Cached
    The underwater probe looking for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was back in the water Tuesday after its first attempt ended prematurely, officials said.
  5. www.abc.net.au/...malaysia-work-on-deal-over-mh370-recovery/5399466   Cached
    Malaysia and Australia will sign a deal specifying who handles any wreckage from missing flight MH370 which may be recovered, including the crucial "black ...
  6. news.travel.aol.com/...interest-malaysia-airlines-flight-mh370-search   Cached
    Associated PressA woman ties a message card for passengers onboard the missingMalaysia Airlines Flight 370 at a shopping mall in Petaling Jaya, near Kuala ...
  7. www.malaysiaairlines.com/hq/en.html   Cached
    Book flights to international and domestic destinations on Malaysia Airlines offering all-inclusive fares.
  8. www.theguardian.com/world/malaysia-airlines-flight-mh370   Cached
    Latest news and comment on Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 from the Guardian
  9. news.travel.aol.com/...of-interest-malaysia-airlines-flight-mh370...in   Cached
    Associated PressA Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3 Orion is flown by Flt. Lt Tim McAlevey back, in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 ...
  10. www.flightradar24.com/data/flights/mh370
    Date From To Aircraft STD ATD STA Status * All dates and times are in UTC timezone: No airplanes found flying that flight in last 7 days
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