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February 27, 2013

Headlines: February 27, 2013

News

Pentagon F-35 program chief lashes Lockheed, Pratt & Whitney

The Pentagon program chief for the F-35 slammed its commercial partners Lockheed Martin and Pratt & Whitney Feb. 27, accusing them of trying to “squeeze every nickel” out of the U.S. government and failing to see the long-term benefits of the project.

Pratt rules out worse-case cause for F-35 blade crack

Pratt & Whitney is 99 percent sure the fan blade problem that grounded the Pentagon’s 51 new F-35 fighter jets was not caused by high-cycle fatigue, which could force a costly design change, according to two sources familiar with an investigation by the engine maker.

 

Business

Boeing engineering union to drop pension demand

Boeing’s engineering union has decided to drop its demand that its labor contract include a pension for new workers, a move that could hasten a deal as the two sides resume bargaining Feb. 27.

EADS closes merger saga as profit soars

Airbus parent EADS formally buried its attempted $45 billion merger with U.K. defense contractor BAE Systems and cheered investors with evidence that civil aviation growth continues unabated.

Sequester defense cuts feared by contractors after year of campaign fawning

During the 2012 campaign, politicians paid plenty of attention to defense contractors. They toured parts of the country that rely on their products, met with industry leaders, even held events at their places of business. All of this was done with hopes of conveying concern for the impending slate of defense-spending cuts that are part of sequestration.

Sequester layoffs loom For Virginia as Obama visits

In a few months, Técnico Corp. is supposed to begin repair work on the USS Oscar Austin, a naval destroyer that recently returned to its home port of Norfolk, Va., after seven months patrolling pirate-infested waters off the coast of Africa. In the marine services industry’s jargon, it is a “heads and beds” job — new toilets and bunks for a 380-person crew.

 

Veterans

Why the drone medal is overvalued

by John Bruhns, Veteran

There are many opinions circulating the political and military atmospheres regarding whether or not to award a distinguished military medal to predator drone operators serving outside of battlefield operations. The Distinguished Warfare Medal, also known as the “Drone Medal,” is not so much political as much as it is incomprehensible to many combat veterans.

United Kingdom: At last, a medal fit for our Arctic heroes: Design unveiled to honor veterans of ‘Russian Run’ during Second World War

They have waited for their sacrifice to be recognized for 70 years. But next month the 200 frail veterans of the Arctic Convoys will finally have campaign medals pinned to their chests.

 

Space

Pluto’s newest moon set to be named Vulcan after Star Trek fans win online naming contest (with a little help from William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy)

Pluto’s newest moon is set to be called Vulcan, a name suggested by actor William Shatner, who played Captain. Kirk in the original ‘Star Trek’ TV series, following an online campaign by the show’s fans.

 

International

Russia’s Putin tells army to shape up to face foreign threat

Vladimir Putin ordered military leaders Feb. 27 to make urgent improvements to the armed forces during his new presidential term, saying Russia must thwart attempts by the West to tip the strategic balance of power.

 




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Northrop Grumman awarded mission support services contract

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Lockheed Martin photograph by Beth Groom

F-35 Rollout Marks U.S.-Australia Partnership Milestone

Lockheed Martin photograph by Beth Groom Royal Australian Air Force Air Marshal Geoff Brown delivers his remarks at the roll out ceremony for Australia’s first F-35. The official rollout of the first two F-35 Lightning II...
 
 
NASA/JPL-Caltech image

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