Airbus Defense and Space has been selected by OneWeb’s founder, Greg Wyler, as its industrial partner for the design and manufacturing of its fleet of microsatellites.Capital Alpha Partners, an insider Washington DC USA provider of strategic policy research to financial institutions, has announced that Airbus Defense and Space (Airbus Group) will manufacture 890 Ku-band Cubesats and be a co-owner of the OneWeb, space venture. Founded in 2007, Capital Alpha was originally part of Prudential Equity Group and closely connected to the U.S. Defense Industry.
With the foreign policies of both the EU and the U.S. directed at Russia as the “new military threat”, the market for weaponry has never been so huge and profitable. Over 33 countries, and Ukraine will be included in the total numbers, want upgrades to their Raytheon Patriot air defense systems or will purchase new state of the art air-defense missile systems.
On June 17, 2015, NATO’s Supreme Commander, USAF four-star General Breedlove wrote recently, “This month (June 2015) more than 15,000 troops from 22 nations are taking part in Allied Shield, a series of exercises designed to test the strength and readiness of NATO and allied armed forces. In the Baltic Sea, 50 ships and submarines and more than 50 aircraft from 17 countries are taking part in our 43rd Baltic Operations exercise.
Over the next decade, Israel’s army will move a large portion of its offices—including those of many of its key technology commands—out of the greater Tel Aviv area and relocating them some 60 miles south, to Be’er Sheva in Israel’s rock-strewn Negev desert. Many of the world’s biggest tech companies are following, eager to stay close to the Israel Defense Forces’ tech-savvy workforce. EMC, the U.S.-based data storage and cloud computing giant, Lockheed Martin, Oracle Corporation, IBM, Pay-Pal’s CyActive Ltd, and Deutsche Telekom AG, have agreed to set up operations in the 115 degrees Fahrenheit summer temperatures.
The U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center's seventh Wideband Global satellite communication is being prepared for a July 22 launch at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center. WGS-7 will complete its final procedures and then transportedto the launch pad at Cape Canaveral US Air Force Station. The WGS is a MILCOM Satellite that provides for the warfighter’s broadcast, multicast, and point to point connections.
On May 26, under an updated agreement that streamlines the certification process, the U.S. Air Force certified SpaceX to compete for government space launches. The first proposal that SpaceX can provide a competitive bid is June 2015 for GPS III launch services. SpaceX, with its Falcon 9 launch vehicle, can now compete for national security space launches against United Launch Alliance, the Boeing-Lockheed Martin team that currently have demonstrated a solid operational record on Air Force spy satellite launches.
Vulcan, United Launch Alliance (ULA) Next Generation Launch System (NGLS) will make launch services more affordable and accessible. The NGLS brings together decades of experience on ULA’s reliable Atlas and Delta vehicles, combining the best features of each to produce an all-new, American-made rocket that will enable mission success from LEO low Earth orbit all the way to the planet Pluto.
U.S. satellite and aircraft surveillance imagery shows China has positioned weaponry on one of the artificial islands it is developing in the South China Sea, American officials said, supporting their suspicions that Beijing has been building up the reefs for military purposes. China follows a fait accompli approach to its 800 mile territorial claims and will use military platforms to enforce the Chinese Communist Party’s new offensive and defensive strategy. The U.S. imagery detected two Chinese motorized artillery pieces on one of the artificial islands built by China about one month ago. (The DONAR Self-Propelled Artillery Gun is shown for illustration only and is not used by the PLA)
On December 15, 2011, all U.S. troops left Iraq. In 2015, the U.S. Pentagon will open a new base in Iraq’s Anbar Province, an Islamic State stronghold, with 450 American troops from the 82nd Airborne and Special Operations. Currently, the U.S. has a typical U.S. Army brigade in Iraq or 3,550 — the size of a typical Army brigade.
On May 22, 2015 according to a dispatch by the WSJ, “The U.S. Navy flew a P-8 Poseidon surveillance plane this week over the South China Sea’s Spratly Islands, where Beijing is building military bases atop reefs and rocks claimed by several of its neighbors. A CNN team invited along for the mission reported that China’s military repeatedly tried to order the U.S. plane away. “This is the Chinese navy,” it radioed in English. “Please go away . . . to avoid misunderstanding.”