General Dynamics Partners with ST Kinetics on 40mm High Velocity Air Burst Ammunition

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Nov. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — General Dynamics announced today that it has entered into a strategic agreement with Advanced Material Engineering Pte Ltd (AME), a subsidiary of Singapore Technologies Kinetics Ltd (ST Kinetics), to manufacture 40mm Air Burst Ammunition for the U.S. military.

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2014 Secretary of Defense PBL Award Goes to Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod Team


Orlando, Fla., Nov. 18, 2014 – The Office of the Secretary of Defense awarded the U.S. Air Force and Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] Sniper® Advanced Targeting Pod (ATP) team the 2014 Performance-Based Logistics (PBL) Award, which recognizes outstanding achievements in providing operational support to warfighters.

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ATK to Hold Conference Call to Update Investors on Previously Announced Transaction with Orbital and on the Sporting Business Market


ARLINGTON, Va., Nov. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Alliant Techsystems Inc. (“ATK”) (NYSE: ATK) announced it will hold an investor conference call and webcast to update investors on the proposed transaction to spin off ATK’s Sporting Group business and immediately thereafter, merge ATK’s Aerospace and Defense Groups with Orbital Sciences Corporation (“Orbital”) (NYSE: ORB). ATK expects to discuss its thorough review and analysis of Orbital’s Antares launch failure, proposed recovery plan and long-term competitive position. As previously announced, ATK’s board of directors continues to support the strategic merits of the proposed transaction and recommends that ATK stockholders vote to approve the related issuance of shares to Orbital stockholders in connection with the merger. In addition to the proposed transaction, ATK will update investors on the sporting market. ATK may also discuss its outlook and matters of strategy during the call. Conference call details are as follows:

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Book Review – The First World War A – Z, From assassination to Zeppelin – everything you need to know


This is an excellent pocket book and primer for the First World War. IWM is a unique military museum inspired by a desire to commemorate and explain the War-to-end-all-Wars, as WWI was then regarded, and the part played by the nations of the British Empire. It is therefore most fitting that this valuable pocket book has received contributions from many of the staff of the museum, to provide a first class overview through the synopses they have written. It follows the path of pocket books that can be used as an introduction for the young, or as a rapid reference by the enthusiast who may have a great deal of knowledge of the general subject.

Letters from the Light Brigade, The British Cavalry in the Crimean War


The Light Brigade became immortal, their fame stretching far beyond a British remembrance. History generally remembers the Light Brigade as the victims of poor leadership and a determination to charge artillery when prudence would have called retreat. However, there are also those who consider the Light Brigade as having achieved the objectives set but been let down by inadequate follow through that would have turned a costly repulse into a stunning victory. The controversy surrounding the Charge of the Light Brigade will probably continue long into the future, but this new book is based on the letters home from those who served on that fateful day. The author has made a very good selection of previously unpublished letters that were written within eight days of the battle. This is primary source material that provides unique insight.

Book Review – HMS Bellerophon


The “Billy Ruffian” should have been one of the most famous Royal Navy warships of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. She will be known to enthusiasts and most probably for one of the simplest voyages she ever made, carrying Napoleon into exile following his defeat. The author has set out to redress this lack of knowledge with a fine account of a fine ship that served through the wars with Revolutionary France and then with Napoleon, covering the period form 1793-1815. She was present at some of the epic battles, including the great victory at the Battle of Trafalgar. This is a book that every enthusiast for the period and the war at sea, but it is also a fine account of long and dedicated service that must reach a wider readership.

Book Review – The Forts & Fortifications of Europe 1815-1945, The Central States, Germany Austria-Hungary and Czechoslovakia


This is the most comprehensive work on the Nineteenth and Twentieth Century forts and fortifications of the central European States. The authors are veteran historians with a considerable knowledge of forts and fortifications. Here, they provide an in depth review of these structures in central Europe and provide valuable insight into their use during WWII. This book is essential reading for anyone with an interest in the subject, but also provides a useful introduction for those wishing to develop a knowledge of fortifications and their impact on the conduct of war.