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February 15, 2013

Headlines: February 15, 2013

News

Senate Republicans filibuster Hagel nomination

Senate Republicans delivered a sharp rebuke to President Obama Feb. 14 when they began a filibuster of Chuck Hagel’s nomination as secretary of defense.

 

Business

Rolls-Royce profits soar on fuel-saving engine demand

Britain’s Rolls-Royce reported a 24 percent rise in full-year profit, led by strong growth at its civil aerospace unit, and said it did not expect the grounding of Boeing’s Dreamliner jet to dent profits.

Boeing appears confident about launching folding wing 777X

Boeing said Feb. 13 it plans to bring its next-generation 777X jet into service by the end of the decade, a time frame that had come under question after remarks from the company’s chief executive last year.

New Finmeccanica head faces fallout from India crisis

The new head of Italian defense group Finmeccanica has inherited a corruption crisis over a $750 million helicopter deal with India that risks hurting the company’s business in other foreign markets.

Boeing denies misconduct after union files complaint

Boeing denied misconduct by its managers after a union representing engineers and technical workers accused the plane maker’s security staff of intimidating some members over labor contract votes.

EADS confirms Ranque in line to be its new chairman

Airbus parent EADS confirmed Feb. 13 it had proposed former Thales Chief Executive Denis Ranque as its next chairman under a new shareholder structure.

Spirit AeroSystems reports 17 percent growth in revenue

Spirit AeroSystems Holdings Inc., which supplies parts to major aircraft makers, reported a 17 percent increase in quarterly revenue.

 

Defense

Pentagon stands by use of lithium-ion batteries on F-35 fighters

The Pentagon said it plans to continue using lithium-ion batteries on the new F-35 fighter jet despite problems with similar batteries that have grounded Boeing’s new 787 Dreamliner and are causing Airbus to rethink thir sue on its A350 jet.

 

Veterans

A hero broken by war: Afghanistan veteran Jake Wood admits he’s a walking timebomb – and there are hundreds more like him

Jake Wood is paranoid. To stand any chance of sleep at night, he must lie facing a closed bedroom door with a hammer close to hand under the bed, so he can kill any night intruders before they kill him.

United Kingdom: Wounded veterans are spared cuts to benefits

Seriously wounded veterans will be protected from cuts in disability benefits and given their own special allowance, ministers have announced.

 

Space

Spinning Mercury: NASA reveal stunning animation showing giant craters on the planet’s surface

NASA has revealed a stunning video showing Mecury rotating, revealing the crater filled surface of the planet in unprecedented quality.

 

Viewpoint

A military medal for drone strikes? Makes sense

by Peter W. Singer, Washington Post

It is an odd medal indeed that “may not be awarded for valor in combat under any circumstances.” But that definition is precisely what drives the need for and the controversy surrounding the military’s new Distinguished Warfare Medal.

In defense of Obama’s drone war

by Charles Krauthammer

The nation’s vexation over the morality and legality of President Obama’s drone war has produced a salutary but hopelessly confused debate. Three categories of questions are being asked. They must be separated to be clearly understood.




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Headlines August 1, 2014

News: Military downsizing leaves U.S. too weak to counter global threats, panel finds - An independent panel appointed by the Pentagon and Congress said July 31 that President Obama’s strategy for sizing the armed services is too weak for today’s global threats. Defense industry funds flow to contenders for key House chairmanships - Four of the top...
 
 

News Briefs August 1, 2014

China allows foreign reporters at news conference Foreign reporters are being allowed to attend China’s Defense Ministry briefings for the first time, marking a small milestone in the increasingly confident Chinese military’s efforts to project a more transparent image. Restrictions still apply and there is no sign of an improvement in the generally paltry amount...
 
 
Army photograph by John Andrew Hamilton

Rapid Equipping Force, PEO Soldier test targeting device at White Sands Missile Range

Army photograph by John Andrew Hamilton SFC Justin Rotti, a combat developer from the Training and Doctrine Command Fire Cell, Fires Center of Excellence, uses a developmental hand held precision targeting device during a test ...
 

 

NASA awards modification for geophysics, geodynamics, space geodesy support contract

NASA has awarded a modification to Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies Inc. of Greenbelt, Md. to continuing working the the Geophysics, Geodynamics and Space Geodesy Support Services contract. The maximum ordering value of the GGSG contract will increase to $76.8 million. The previous amount was $49.5 million. The increase in the maximum ordering value of the contract...
 
 
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Boeing, All Nippon Airways finalize order for 40 wide-body airplanes

  Boeing and All Nippon Airways July 31 finalized an order for 40 widebody airplanes – 20 777-9Xs, 14 787-9 Dreamliners and six 777-300ERs (Extended Range) – as part of the airline’s strategic long-haul fleet ren...
 
 

Excalibur Ib enters full rate production, receives $52 million award

TUCSON, Ariz., July 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Raytheon’s Excalibur Ib precision guided projectile has entered full rate production. U.S. Army approval of FRP completes Excalibur Ib’s low rate initial production phase. †Additionally, the U.S. Army has awarded Raytheon $52 million for continued Excalibur Ib production. “The full rate production decision is the culmination ...
 




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