February 4, 2023

Athletes & Warships Head to Olympics

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In addition to US athletes, the US is sending two warships and several transport aircraft to the Winter Olympics, reports CNN Security Clearance. Concerns about security at the upcoming games in Sochi now include a widely circulating wanted poster of a terrorism suspect on the loose. Despite security assurances from Russian President Vladimir Putin, the US transport presence is to evacuate American officials and athletes if necessary, according to a US  official.

CNN’s Fortune calls the ultimate FY2014 federal budget a win for defense contractors by keeping everything pretty much the same as it has been, saying staying in place is a big win compared to the big hit sequestration threatened a year ago.

A live webcast from Lockheed’s top officials will discuss fourth quarter and year-end 2013 financial results, 3 pm, Thurs. Jan. 23 and also provide updates on key topics, and answer questions, reports the Wall Street Journal. The webcast and charts will be available through Feb. 6 at the Lockheed Martin Investor Relations website.

The Navy research office joined with the Naval Research and the National Science Foundation to develop 3D printed concrete buildings with the capability to build a 2,500-square-foot building within a single day. Soldiers deploying to a remote location could operate from permanent structures pretty soon after a combat engineer unit arrived with printers and material aboard a C-17, reports DefenseTech.

The Navy reported 10,000 combat hours by the BAMS-D reached this month in the six years the  Northrop Grumman RQ-4A Broad Area Maritime Surveillance-Demonstrator  unmanned aircraft system has been deployed, says IHS Jane’s.

NAVAIR reports that Jan. 19 marks the opening of a series of events honoring the 50th anniversary of the E-2 Hawkeye. Introduced Jan. 19, 1964 it was the first aircraft explicitly designed to provide the Navy with airborne early warning. Since then it has had a presence aboard every carrier strike group in the Navy’s arsenal, participated in every major combat operation, and provided humanitarian and disaster relief.

Workers at NAS:Pax and at the Webster Field annex worked remotely to walk technicians in the Philippines through the installation and start-up procedures to provide the radar to return the country’s all-weather, air traffic control, reports the NAVAIR. The success significantly improved the rate of aircraft operations supporting the humanitarian efforts following the November typhoon that ripped through the nation.

Researchers  at the University of Cincinnati foresee sending drones similar to military unmanned aircraft vehicles on search-and-rescue missions and to penetrate curtains of smoke during wildfire suppression, as well as for delivery pizzas, reports Defence Talk. An array of academic partnerships are collaborating on the effort that is being developed through the SIERRA project out of UC’s College of Engineering and Applied Science.

 

 

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