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January 30, 2013

Headlines: January 30, 2013

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F-16 fighter jet from U.S. Air Force base ‘crashes in Adriatic Sea off the coast of Italy during training exercise

The Air Force is searching the Adriatic Sea after losing contact with a U.S. fighter jet during a training mission off the coast of Italy. The headquarters of the 31st Fighter Wing, at Aviano Air Base in Italy, issued a brief statement saying the F-16 fighter had one pilot aboard when contact was lost Jan. 28 evening.

 

Business

Why Elon Musk wants to help Boeing fix the Dreamliner

As As CEO of space transport company SpaceX, Elon Musk must count aerospace giant Boeing among his biggest competitors. But that hasn’t stopped the billionaire entrepreneur from reaching out a hand to his rival in a time of need.

 

Defense

U.S. plans base for surveillance drones in Northwest Africa

The United States military command in Africa is preparing plans to establish a drone base in northwest Africa to increase unarmed surveillance missions on the local affiliate of al Qaeda and other Islamist extremist groups that American and other Western officials say pose a growing menace to the region.

Deep spending cuts are likely, lawmakers say, with no deal on sequester in sight

Less than a month after averting one fiscal crisis, Washington began bracing Tuesday for another, as lawmakers in both parties predicted that deep, across-the-board spending cuts would probably hit the Pentagon and other federal agencies on March 1.

‘Thunderbird 2′ is go! U.S. military blimp set to revolutionise warfare makes first successful test flight

These are the first pictures inside the cockpit of the new U.S. military-funded airship that is set to revolutionize long-haul flying. The massive blimp-like aircraft made its first successful test flight after hovering a dozen feet off the floor of the former military hangar during flight testing south of Los Angeles.

The U.S. Navy’s latest $277 million pile of scrap: Minesweeper will hacked to pieces after it ran aground on reef off Philippines

The U.S. Navy will hack apart a minesweeper ship worth $277 million that is caught on a coral reef in the Philippines – rather than risk further damage to the sensitive ecosystem. The USS Guardian has become a political and logistical nightmare for the Navy since it ran aground Jan. 17 in the Sulu Sea.

 

Space

South Korea launches satellite into space weeks after North Korea fires long-range rocket into orbit

South Korea successfully launched a satellite into space today from its own soil for the first time, a point of national pride that came weeks after arch-rival North Korea accomplished a similar feat to the surprise of the world.

 

International

SAS under threat as latest round of defence cuts risks affecting the abilities of Britain’s special forces, military chiefs warn

The SAS is under threat from more Coalition defence spending cuts, military chiefs warned last night.  Senior commanders are concerned that special forces could suffer if defence budgets are cut again in 2015, as the Ministry of Defence fights Treasury calls to slash spending.

British army stages record-breaking virtual battle

The British army has conducted its largest virtual battle simulation, involving 220 soldiers. The experiment was carried out at the Army’s Land Warfare Centre in Warminster, Wiltshire.

 

 

 




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