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April 1, 2013

Headlines April 1, 2013

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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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Headlines December 22, 2014

News: Report: DOD bomb hunters pried into U.S. firms, citizens - During some of the bloodiest days of U.S. combat in Afghanistan and the roadside bomb threat there, the Pentagon’s Joint IED Defeat Organization “improperly collected” intelligence on U.S. citizens and corporations to try to stem the threat, a Pentagon Inspector General report has found.  ...
 
 

News Briefs December 22, 2014

U.K., Canadian military leaves to join Ebola fight Reservists and troops from Britain and Canada have left for Sierra Leone to help in the battle to contain the Ebola virus outbreak. British officials said Dec. 20 that 16 reservists and 100 regular military personnel left on a morning flight from the Brize Norton military airbase....
 
 
Boeing photograph

Boeing, Malaysia Airlines celebrate 100th 737 delivery

Boeing photograph Boeing and Malaysia Airlines celebrated the direct delivery of the airline’s 100th 737 aircraft at an event in Seattle. Shown here Aminuddin Zakaria, senior vice president, airline engineering group, Malaysi...
 

 

Navy helicopter crashes in Kuwait; all crewmembers ok

A U.S. Navy MH-60S helicopter assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 26 (HSC 26) crashed at 11:22 a.m., EST, Dec.21, while on an overland training flight at Camp Buehring, Kuwait. All six personnel aboard the helicopter survived the crash and were transported to nearby medical facilities for evaluation. Three of the six crewmembers sustained minor...
 
 

AMC relocates KC-135 simulator

As Air Mobility Command fields the KC-46A Pegasus, displaced KC-135 Stratotanker pilot simulators will be relocated across the Total Force to maximize simulator access across the mobility enterprise. As a result, AMC, in coordination with the Air National Guard, recently identified four KC-135 pilot flight simulators and one KC-135 Boom Operator Weapons System Trainer to...
 
 

SpaceX completes first milestone for Commercial Crew Transportation System

NASA has approved the completion of SpaceX’s first milestone in the company’s path toward launching crews to the International Space Station from U.S. soil under a Commercial Crew Transportation Capability contract with the agency. During the Certification Baseline Review, SpaceX described its current design baseline including how the company plans to manufacture its Crew Dragon spacecraft...
 




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