Satellite imagery provider DigitalGlobe is concerned that budget cuts could scale back its 10-year, $3.55 billion EnhancedView contract from the DoD’s National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, a follow-on to the NextView contract.
Aviation Week reports that the global maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) industry needs to boost the size of its workforce to cope with the world’s growing feet of aircraft, at a time when work environments make retention more difficult.
Close to half of Germans surveyed support cutting defense spending to bring down the budget deficit, while only 39% of Britons think its a good idea, according to a Financial Times/Harris Poll.
General Dynamics’ Santa Barbara Sistemas subsidiary snags 4-year EUR 20 million contract to supply 5.56x45mm NATO ammunition to the Spanish armed forces.
Canada’s CAE receives C$ 85 million in contracts to supply aircraft simulators for the Turkish Air Force, the US Navy and USAF, and the UK armed forces.
DARPA’s Deep Learning program explores machine learning techniques to process ISR data.
The Defense Supply Center Philadelphia (DSCP) in Philadelphia, PA issues contracts for American field rations, known as Meals Ready to Eat (MREs), and for Humanitarian Daily Rations (HDRs) used when providing aid in emergency situations abroad. This Spotlight article covers related contracts during the slice of time from FY 2007 – 2011.
While there are reports that the French RCIR (Ration de Combat Individuelle Réchauffable) has superior trade value on the front lines, MREs are generally considered to be a significant improvement over earlier US rations. DID readers with a high fright threshold might wish to view a set of comparative photos of modern army rations from various militaries. Even if you knew nothing about China, you could guess that their soldiers are draftees – but scroll down in the post, as well as look at the link; things may be improving. In the USA, see below for field anecdotes, including MREs as RPG defenses, and what happens when celebrity chefs try MREs.
Field Anecdotes: USA
Contracts and Key Events, 2007 – Present [updated]