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April 5, 2013

Headlines April 5, 2013

News

North Korea’s missile launchers on the move, indicating possible new provocation

North Korea has begun moving its mid-range missile launchers, possibly indicating a looming test as tensions are already boiling on the peninsula, U.S. officials told Fox News.

 

Business

Airbus regains top spot from Boeing in first quarter

Airbus recaptured the aircraft industry’s top spot in the first quarter as U.S. rival Boeing fell behind on orders and grappled with the grounding of its newest jet, the 787 Dreamliner, data from both companies showed on Thursday.

Delta sues Ex-Im Bank over loan guarantees for foreign airlines

Delta Air Lines has sued the Export-Import Bank of the United States over loan guarantees given to support purchases of Boeing Co’s widebody planes by certain foreign airlines, according to a court filing.

India’s $15 billion Rafale deal faces delays

India’s plan to buy 126 fighter jets from Dassault Aviation could be delayed as the two sides struggle to reach an agreement over the role of state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd, two sources familiar with the matter said.

 

Defense

Flight restrictions lifted for F-22s with auto oxygen system

Most of the Air Force’s F-22 fleet has returned to unrestricted flight operations after being limited for nearly a year to flying within 30 minutes of a safe landing area and at lower altitudes because of safety concerns.

U.S. to send missile defenses to Guam over North Korea threat

The United States said it would soon send a missile defense unit to Guam to defend it from North Korea, as the U.S. military adjusts to what Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called a “real and clear danger” from Pyongyan.

Hagel tells military to brace for further belt-tightening

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warned the military to brace for more belt-tightening April 3 as he conducts a review that could cut the number of generals, pare back the civilian workforce and stem the spiraling cost of new weapons.

U.S. General in charge of Horn of Africa fired

Maj. Gen. Ralph Baker, commander of the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, was fired March 28, according to a Washington Defense official. The command is headquartered in Djibouti and runs U.S. military operations in East Africa, including some counterterrorism operations.

Fort Hood victims won’t get medals

The Army decides not to award Purple Hearts to those killed and wounded in the Fort Hood shooting. CNN’s Chris Lawrence reports.

 

Veterans

Court OKs $887 million settlement for Canadian veterans

The Federal Court of Canada has rubber-stamped an $887-million settlement of a class-action lawsuit involving thousands of disabled veterans. The case involved a three-decade-long federal government practice of clawing back the military pensions of injured soldiers by the amount of disability payments they received.

 

Space

The furthest supernova: Hubble captures record-breaking explosion 10 BILLION years ago

Astronomers have spotted the furthest supernova ever seen. The Hubble Space Telescope has broken the record in the quest to find the furthest supernova of the type used to measure cosmic distances.

Astronomers uncover the secrets behind the arms of a spiral galaxy with breathtaking simulation of 100 MILLION particles

Spiral galaxies, which include our own Milky Way, are some of the most beautiful and photogenic residents of the universe. However, astronomers have until now been baffled by their ‘arms.’

 

International

United Kingdom: David Cameron puts defence at heart of independence debate

DAVID Cameron put defence at the heart of the independence debate when he said Trident submarines should be replaced, and told workers in Glasgow that separation would put thousands of Scottish jobs at stake.

United Kingdom: Defence will be cut after 2015, David Cameron admits

The armed forces budget is not safe from cuts after 2015, Prime Minister David Cameron has publicly admitted for the first time.

United Kingdom: David Cameron: ‘to axe Trident would put us in danger’

In an article for The Daily Telegraph today, the Prime Minister says that the nuclear threat facing Britain has “increased” since the end of the Cold War and that the country still requires the “ultimate weapon of defense.”

Australia: Prime minister on military co-operation mission

Prime Minister Julia Gillard plans to push the boundaries of military co-operation with the People’s Liberation Army when she arrives in China April 5. In meetings with Chinese leaders, she will advocate a program of joint drills and exchanges that goes beyond what the PLA has done with other Western nations, it is understood.

U.S. sees Australia decision on F/A-18 jets by summer

Australia is expected to decide on the purchase of up to 24 additional Boeing F/A-18 fighter jets by late spring or early summer, according to the U.S. Navy captain who runs the foreign fighter jet sales program on behalf of the Pentagon.

Russian bomber conducts practice strikes on US missile defenses in Asia

A Russian bomber recently carried out simulated cruise missile attacks on U.S. missile defenses in Asia, raising new questions about Moscow’s goal in future U.S.-Russian defense talks.




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Air Force assigns new chief scientist

The Air Force announced the service’s new chief scientist to serve as a science and technology adviser to the secretary of the Air Force and the chief of staff of the Air Force, May 21. Dr. Greg Zacharias will be the 35th chief scientist and is ready to “dive in” to his new role. “I...
 
 
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Northrop Grumman names VP, mission assurance for Electronic Systems sector

Northrop Grumman has appointed Sonal B. Deshpande vice president of mission assurance for the company’s Linthicum-based Electronic Systems sector. In this position, Deshpande is responsible for mission assurance across th...
 
 

TSgt promotion release delayed to allow system validation

Technical sergeant promotion selection results, originally scheduled for release May 28, will be delayed to enable the Air Force to continue to validate extensive system changes to the Weighted Airman Promotion System, officials announced. The 15E6 technical sergeant promotion cycle is the first to incorporate recent changes in the enlisted evaluation and promotion system. Recent...
 

 
WWII-MIA

Missing World War II Soldier accounted for

The Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced today that the remains of a missing World War II U.S. serviceman have been identified and are being returned to his family for burial with full military honors, acco...
 
 

Freedom completes rough water trials

The littoral combat ship USS Freedom completed Seakeeping and Structural Loads Trials, commonly referred to as Rough Water Trials in late March the Navy reported May 21. The U.S. Navy must demonstrate the seaworthiness and structural integrity of each new ship class. One of the primary ways the Navy verifies these qualities is through a...
 
 
Image courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA’s WISE spacecraft discovers most luminous galaxy in universe

Image courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech This artist’s concept depicts the current record holder for the most luminous galaxy in the universe. The galaxy, WISE J224607.57-052635.0, is erupting with light equal to more than 300 ...
 




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