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April 1, 2013

Headlines April 1, 2013

News

Navy moves ship off coast of Korean Peninsula, White House looks to ‘reassure’ allies

The United States military has moved a Navy ship capable of intercepting missiles to waters off the coast of the Korean Peninsula, as threats from North Korea’s Kim Jong Un escalate and the White House signals it wants to head off any potential conflict by flexing America’s military might.

 

Business

Contractors taking diversification seriously as defense spending shrinks

Bethesda, Md.,-based contracting giant Lockheed Martin earlier this year received a patent for Perforene, a material used to make water potable by removing sodium, chlorine and other ions.

GKN mulls growth in China’s aviation market

GKN Aerospace, which supplies body and engine parts to both Airbus and Boeing, is studying the Chinese market as it works on a ” market-entry strategy,” GKN China Holding Co. President Stefan Magirius said.

Sequester hits baseball opening day festivities

Leather-bound baseballs weren’t the only thing taking a hit April 1 when America’s pastime restarted with Opening Day. The sequester robbed several teams of the military flyovers they had scheduled for their first home games.

 

Veterans

OIF vets waiting for Iraq Commitment Medal

The Iraq Commitment Medal, announced in a June 11, 2011, letter to then-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta by Saadoun al-Dulaimi, the Iraqi defense minister, was designed to honor U.S. service members’ dedication to the people of Iraq during nine years of war, hardship and sacrifice. Now, service members are questioning Iraq’s commitment to the medal.

Elite law schools step in to help war veterans

As veterans look to build lives beyond the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan, those opting for a career in law now have a chance to attend a growing number of the nation’s elite private law schools without paying a dime in tuition.

 

International

Israel’s navy gears up for new job of protecting gas fields

Israel’s hug new offshore gas resource offers its enemies an obvious target and gives its navy, long overshadowed by other branches of the Israeli armed forces, a big job that will require extra spending.

 

Viewpoint

What the Iraq war taught me about Syria

by Jackson Diehl, Washington Post

The 10th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq has prompted plenty of analysis of the mistakes made there, along with a few tendentious claims that “the same people” who supported war in Iraq are now pressing for U.S. intervention in Syria. I’m one of those people. So, to paraphrase the polemicists: Did I learn nothing from the last decade? Do I want to repeat the Iraq “fiasco?”




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