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February 8, 2013

Headlines: February 8, 2013

News

Looming U.S. defense budget cuts lead to uncertainty for deploying members of military

With family members waving from a pier, sailors aboard a Navy destroyer left for an overseas mission with more uncertainty than ever about their homecoming as potentially massive budget cuts reshape military plans.

 

Business

Airbus studies dropping Li-Ion battery for A350-sources

Europe’s Airbus is considering whether to drop Lithium-Ion batteries and switch back to traditional ones on its new A350 as investigators probe Boeing787 battery problems, several people familiar with the matter said.

White House officials meet with defense contractors about Pentagon cuts

Senior Obama administration officials met Wednesday morning with top defense contracting executives at the White House to discuss how deep spending cuts set to hit the Pentagon would impact their industry.

 

 

Veteran’s News

Gulf War Syndrome, other illnesses among veterans may be due to toxic environments

In 1991, as part of Operation Desert Storm, former U.S. Army Spc. Candy Lovett arrived in Kuwait a healthy 29-year-old eager to serve her country. Two decades later, she’s accumulated a stack of medical records over five feet high – none of which relates to injuries inflicted by bullets or shrapnel.

World War II hero, 93, who evaded Nazis in stolen car after missing Dunkirk evacuation and later survived D-Day landings is FINALLY honoured with medals

A Second World War hero who lived through both the ‘Miracle of Dunkirk’ evacuation and fought in the D-Day landing at Normandy has finally been awarded his campaign medals – almost 68 years after peace was declared.

 

 

Space

Strand-1 ‘phone-sat’ ready for orbit

The world’s first “smartphone-sat” is ready for launch. Known as Strand-1, the British-built spacecraft will be fully controlled by a Google Nexus device during part of its six-month mission in orbit.

 

 

International

Almost half of British military kit to be left in Afghanistan

More than 40 per cent of kit will not be repatriated because of the costs and logistics involved in getting it returned. The Ministry of Defence insists no decision has been made on what will be left but sources suggest it could include some weapons and vehicles.

 

Viewpoint

Drone double standard

by Cal Thomas

An unsigned and undated Justice Department white paper, obtained by NBC News, reports The New York Times, “…is the most detailed analysis yet to come into public view regarding the Obama legal team’s views about the lawfulness of killing, without a trial, an American citizen who executive branch officials decide is an operational leader of al Qaeda or one of its allies.”

Drones are gruesome, but would we prefer boots on the ground?

by Con Coughlin, The Telegraph

The art of drone warfare has come a long way in the decade since the first unmanned aerial vehicle made its appearance in Afghanistan in the campaign to overthrow the Taliban in 2001.

 




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Headlines April 23, 2014

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Lockheed Martin demonstrates enhanced ground control system, software for small UAV

Lockheed Martin’s Group 1 family of unmanned aircraft systems is migrating to enhanced automation capabilities using its Kestrelô “Fly Light” flight control systems and industry-leading mobile Ground Control Station software. The increased automation allows operators to focus on executing the mission, rather than flying various aircraft. Earlier this year, Lockheed MartinR...
 
 

U.S. Navy awards General Dynamics $33 million to operate, maintain military sealift ships

The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics American Overseas Marine LLC a $32.7 million contract modification to operate and maintain seven large, medium-speed, roll-on / roll-off ships for the Military Sealift Command. AMSEA is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics. Under the terms of the modification, AMSEA will provide services including crewing, engineering, maintenance,...
 
 

US Navy deploys Standard Missile-3 Block IB for first time

In partnership with the Missile Defense Agency, the U.S. Navy deployed the second-generation Standard Missile-3 Block IB made by Raytheon for the first time, initiating the second phase of the Phased Adaptive Approach. “The SM-3 Block IB’s completion of initial operational testing last year set the stage for a rapid deployment to theater,” said Dr....
 




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