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February 11, 2013

Headlines: February 11, 2013

Business

EADS unit could face FBI probe over Saudi deal

The FBI is investigating allegations of corruption involving a British unit of aerospace group EADS over a contract in Saudi Arabia for the U.K.’s Ministry of Defence, the Financial Times said Feb. 11.

 

Veterans

‘I would have destroyed Dresden again': Bomber Harris was unrepentant over German city raids 30 years after the end of World War Two

The RAF commander who ordered the controversial fire-bombing of Dresden which killed an estimated 25,000 civilians during World War II said he would do it again in a long lost interview filmed 30 years after the end of the conflict.

 

Viewpoint

Drones memo extends executive power, so let’s just let Skynet decide from now on

by Jason Linkins, Huffington Post

Last week, after Michael Isikoff obtained a 16-page memorandum detailing the legal opinions that underpin the Obama administration’s program of targeted assassinations – a program whose fatal purview extends to American citizens – the grand debate over drone strikes and executive power and how the checks and balances work in this post-9/11 world were newly inflamed.

Obama and drones: Unkept promises

by James Zogby, President, Arab American Institute

I find deeply troubling the White House claim that their use of drones to assassinate suspected terrorists is “legal, ethical and wise”. The release of a Department of Justice “White Paper” that purports to establish the Administration’s legal justification for these killings only compounds my concern.

Drone On

by Gary Schmitt, The Weekly Standard

During World War II, a small number of German Americans fought for Nazi Germany as members of the Waffen-SS. Does anyone think the U.S. military would have given a second thought to whether it might kill those traitors—whether they were found on the battlefield, in a planning cell back in Berlin, or even in some third country involved in secret operations to disrupt the Allied effort?

 

 




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Northrop Grumman’s AstroMesh reflector successfully deploys for NASA’s SMAP satellite

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NASA photograph by Brian Tietz

NASA offers space tech grants to early career university faculty

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navy-china

USS Fort Worth conducts CUES with Chinese Navy

The littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) practiced the Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea (CUES) with the People’s Liberation Army-Navy Jiangkai II frigate Hengshui (FFG 572) Feb. 23 enhancing the professional ma...
 
 

AEGIS tracks, simulates engagement of three short-range ballistic missiles

The Missile Defense Agency and sailors aboard the guided-missile destroyers USS Carney (DDG 64), USS Gonzalez (DDG 66), and USS Barry (DDG 52) successfully completed a flight test involving the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense weapon system. At approximately 2:30 a.m., EST, Feb. 26, three short-range ballistic missile targets were launched near simultaneously from NASA’s Wallops...
 
 

DOD seeks novel ideas to shape its technological future

The Defense Department is seeking novel ideas to shape its future, and officials are looking to industry, small business, academia, start-ups, the public – anyone, really – to boost its ability to prevail against adversaries whose access to technology grows daily. The program, called the Long-Range Research and Development Plan, or LRRDP, began with an...
 




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