Automatic federal budget cuts were supposed to shake the fortunes of Pentagon contractors, with a leading industry lobbyist predicting an “unemployment Armageddon” for defense workers.
Boeing has started replacing batteries on some of its grounded 787 Dreamliner fleet, moving a step closer to getting the planes flying again.
“Non-cash payments in kind” — compensation that host nations give the Defense Department, from construction and repairs to base support projects — have over the years provided another multimillion-dollar pot of money for the Pentagon
Veterans waiting more than a year for a decision on their disability claims are moving to the front of the line, under a new program announced April 21.
Retired Col. Dick Cole poked his head out of the window of the B-25 Mitchell, its massive propellers spinning and diesel engine sputtering. It had been 71 years since he flew in the same type of plane for the Doolittle Raiders’ bombing mission to Japan that ultimately set into motion the strategic moves that ended with Japan’s naval defeat at Midway.
The Tyne Cot cemetery sweeps gently down the slope, the nearly 12,000 headstones aligned in solemn rows of gleaming white. Beyond the walls stretch Flanders Fields, dotted by red farmhouse roofs. For the stage of some of World War I’s worst carnage, the scene is tranquility itself — but over the whisper of wind floats a whine like a dentist’s drill.
Applications are set to open today for a mission that could send the first humans to the red planet. Those chosen for the round trip, which will blast off in 2018, will pave the way for a Mars base in 2023.
A major British defense company is supplying the deadly US drone program, which has killed scores of civilians, leading critics to condemn the U.K. as complicit in ‘war crimes.’ The firm, Cobham plc – which specializes in defense and communications electronics, including satellites – manufactures antennas for armed Predator drones used to launch fearsome weapons on to targets.
Drones are used for lethal and non-lethal purposes: they can track drug smugglers, monitor borders and search for earthquake victims, and environmentalists use them to catch illegal whalers and loggers.
A solar-powered plane that has wowed aviation fans in Europe took to the skies April 21 over the San Francisco Bay area in a successful test flight.
Russia and the United States remain at odds over U.S. plans for an anti-missile shield in Europe following talks in Moscow last week with President Obama’s national security adviser, a senior aide to President Vladimir Putin said April 19.
The U.S. Department of Defense urged the Netherlands April 18 not to cut its order for advanced F-35 warplanes, saying it could end up paying more per plane if it did.
While Australia floundered through massive cost increases, delays and eventual cancellation, New Zealand’s less ambitious SH-2G program bought new-build helicopters in the late 1990s, then happily flew them from their 2 ANZAC Class frigates.
In September 2010, Kuwait added itself to the list of existing and potential Gulf Cooperation Council C-17 customers.