Japan’s transport ministry said Feb. 22 its fuel leak probe on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner passenger jet indicated the cause to be a coating around the mechanism that controls fuel movement between tanks.
Bombardier Inc. reported quarterly results Feb. 21 that fell short of expectations and issued a lackluster 2013 outlook, sending shares of the Canadian aircraft and train maker down nine percent.
Italian defense group finmeccanica has delayed publication of its 2012 results after a bribery probe connected with the sale of 12 helicopters to Indian authorities, it said Feb. 21.
BAE Systems posted a smaller than expected fall in underlying profits Feb.21 and cheered investors with a dividend boost and $1.5 billion share buyback plan due to the strength of its overseas arms sales.
President Obama announced Feb. 22 that about 100 U.S. troops have been deployed to the West African country of Niger, where defense officials said they are setting up a drone base to spy on al Qaeda fighters in the Sahara.
An al Qaeda guide listing 22 ways to avoid drone attacks has been unearthed in Mali after reporters stumbled across the booklet in the war-torn country. Among the tips which vary from straightforward to unusual, militants of the Islamic Maghreb in the African country are advised to camouflage cars using sticks or bales of hay, simulate fake gatherings with dolls and simply to hide under trees.
Russia and China said Feb. 22 they would oppose any foreign military intervention in North Korea over its recent nuclear test.
by Howard McKeon and James Inhofe
During the third and final presidential debate last October, President Obama made a promise to the American people. Sequestration, a package of forced budget cuts, “is not something I proposed,” he said. “It will not happen.” What a difference 100 days make.
By Melvin R. Laird, Former Secretary of Defense
Just over 40 years since the United States implemented the all-volunteer military force, some are once again suggesting that a draft force could be better. I managed development of the all-volunteer concept that President Richard Nixon endorsed, and I believe that returning to the draft would be a mistake. No president has advocated a return to conscription, Congress does not support it, and the American people would not stand for it — all with good reason.