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April 12, 2013

Headlines April 12, 2013

Business

BAE checks Harpoon fit for anti-ship Typhoon

BAE Systems has conducted first windtunnel tests to assess the suitability of integrating Boeing’s AGM-84 Harpoon anti-ship missile with the Eurofighter Typhoon.

 

Defense

Pentagon weapons spending to be 4.5 percent less than earlier

Pentagon weapons spending through 2017 will be $20.6 billion, or 4.5 percent, less than projected a year ago for the same period, according to internal figures.

Pentagon officials consider trimming sequester furloughs

Senior Pentagon leaders are considering sharp reductions in the number of unpaid furlough days that civilian defense employees will have to take this year under the government-wide spending cuts that took effect March 1, according to the Associated Press.

 

Veterans

Vets cemeteries addressing burial errors

Since the discovery of 47 improperly placed grave markers at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in Texas in 2011, government audits have found more than 150 additional mismarked military graves nationwide, and the National Cemetery Administration has tightened its procedures, Veterans Affairs Department officials told a House panel April 10.

Lawmaker: Stop hiding cameras in VA patients’ rooms

The Veterans Affairs Department inspector general might find nothing wrong with hiding a camera in a smoke detector to spy on a patient, but the powerful chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee does.

 

Space

Putin says Russia to launch first manned space flight from its soil in 2018

President Vladimir Putin told astronauts in orbit April 12 that Russia will send up the first manned flights from its own soil in 2018, using a new launch pad he said will help the once-pioneering space power explore deep space and the moon.

 

International

Britain’s Afghan war is over – but there is still no sign of peace

Without a deal between Hamid Karzai’s Afghan government and the Taliban, there may well be another civil war.

Guatemala Looks to Super Tucanos for its Air Force

Guatemala signs the contract for a full surveillance and protection array from Embraer, including 6 EMB-314/ A-29 Super Tucano armed turboprops, associated support and training, a set of 3 3D radars, and a command and control system to tie them all together.

Switzerland replacing old F-5 fighters with new Gripen

The Swiss Committee on National Security Policy votes 20-3 to table consideration of the JAS-39E Gripen purchase, and votes 12-12 not to resume in August, with the committee chair tipping the balance. That means they won’t take up the issue until the fall session, which could throw a wrench in the planned schedule.

South Korea looking to upgrade its KF-16 fighters

South Korea’s DAPA picks Raytheon’s RACR radar to upgrade its locally-built KF-16C/D Block 52 fighters. Actually getting to a contract will be a bit more work.

 

Viewpoint

Veterans Affairs benefits claims backlog

By Ann Telnaes, The Washington Post

What happens when a soldier’s no longer good for photo ops?

 

 

 




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Northrop Grumman awarded mission support services contract

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