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March 29, 2013

Headlines March 29, 2013

News

North Korea readies rockets after U.S. flies stealth bombers over South

North Korea put its rocket units on standby March 29 to attack U.S. military bases in South Korea and the Pacific, after the United States flew two nuclear-capable stealth bombers over the Korean peninsula in a rare show of force.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/29/korea-north-idUSL3N0CK9IK20130329

Business

Boeing plans to cut pilot training, standards jobs in Seattle

Boeing said it plans to eliminate a group of pilot training and standards positions as part of a broader effort to relocate flight training to Miami, Fla., from Seattle, Wash., that has drawn criticism from the union.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/29/boeing-pilots-idUSL2N0CL00Y20130329

BAE Systems wins $780 million U.S. military contract
British defense contractor signs five-year deal with Pentagon to produce explosives, easing fears over weak U.S. demand.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2013/mar/24/bae-systems-wins-us-military-contract?INTCMP=SRCH

Defense

Unmanned squadrons concern state officials

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A move to shift unmanned aircraft squadrons to the Air National Guard as traditional aircraft squadrons are decommissioned has some governors and state adjutants general worried, the top Air Guard official said.

http://www.airforcetimes.com/news/2013/03/air-force-guard-drones-032713w

Navy cancels five deployments set for April

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The defense secretary officially terminated five upcoming ship deployments last week and ordered one deployed frigate to return home. These ships have been on notice for the past month that their cruises may be canned, but lawmakers ó when they passed a military funding plan through September ó made it official.

http://www.navytimes.com/news/2013/03/navy-cuts-cruises-five-deployments-sequestration-032513w/

Veterans

Lawmakers: VA has conflict on vetsí businesses

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Two key lawmakers are accusing the Veterans Affairs Department of violating the law by having one person head both the office that verifies veteran-owned businesses can receive government contracts and the office that promotes veteransí entrepreneurship.

http://www.airforcetimes.com/news/2013/03/military-VA-business-conflict-032813w/

Hiring veterans is good business, so why don’t we do it more often?

Ten years after the start of the Iraq War, we’re all familiar with the case for hiring veterans: they’re mature, responsible, have significant managerial experience, and are used to chaotic, ambiguous environments. Many possess skills that are highly transferable. So why is the gap between veteran and nonveteran unemployment rates 9.4 percent and 7.9 percent respectively?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/derek-bennett/hiring-veterans-is-good-b_1_b_2974994.html?utm_hp_ref=business

Americans remember Vietnam War 40 years after last US troops were pulled from bloody battlefield

It’s been 40 years since the last of America’s troops left Vietnam. While the fall of Saigon two years later – with its unforgettable images of frantic helicopter evacuations – is remembered as the final day of the Vietnam War, Friday marks an anniversary that holds greater meaning for the Americans who fought, protested or otherwise lived the war.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2300820/Americans-remember-Vietnam-War-40-years-US-troops-pulled-bloody-battlefield.htmlrk

Technology

Solar-powered plane set for flight across America with visits to Phoenix, Dallas, New York City

A solar-powered plane that has wowed aviation fans in Europe is set to travel across the United States with stops in Phoenix, Dallas, Washington, D.C., and New York, organizers of the trip announced March 28.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/solar-powered-plane-set-for-flight-across-america-with-visits-to-phoenix-dallas-nyc/2013/03/28/73a7679c-9819-11e2-b5b4-b63027b499de_story.html

International

Russia warns against military activity near North Korea

Russia said March 29 that heightened military activity near North Korea was slipping into a ìvicious cycleî that could get out of control, implicitly criticizing U.S. bomber flights that followed threats from Pyongyang.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/29/us-korea-north-russia-idUSBRE92S04T20130329

Putin flexes Russian military muscle at west in naval exercise

President Vladimir Putin ordered large-scale military exercises in the Black Sea on Thursday, projecting Russian power towards Europe and the Middle East, in a move that may vex former Soviet neighbors ó particularly the Ukraine and Georgia.

http://www.newsmaxworld.com/GlobalTalk/russia-putin-naval-exercise/2013/03/29/id/496868

Marine veteran ordered to remove American flag from his yard

Published March 29, 2013

FoxNews.com

A U.S. Marine has been ordered by local officials to remove an American flag and flagpole that he installed outside his Florida home after returning home from serving in Iraq.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/03/29/marine-veteran-ordered-to-remove-american-flag-from-his-yard/




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