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April 24, 2013

Headlines April 24, 2013

Business

Honeywell Agrees to Buy RAE Systems for $340 Million

Honeywell International Inc. agreed to acquire privately held manufacturer RAE Systems Inc. for $340 million, giving the diversified technology and manufacturing company additional gas-detection offerings.

Airbus wins coveted BA mini-jumbo order

International Airlines Group unveiled orders for 18 Airbus A350 long-haul jets for its British Airways arm and said it was in further talks with Airbus and Boeing to secure more planes for Spanish unit Iberia.

 

Defense

Navy still seeks to decommission more ships

Rebuffed by Congress in an attempt to inactivate nine warships as a cost-cutting measure, the U.S. Navy is set to try again – in 2015.

Army halts transfers into aviation branch

Amid uncertainty over whether sequestration will ground helicopter training at Fort Rucker, Ala., the Army has temporarily stopped transferring officers into aviation from other branches.

 

Veterans

Audit finds 60,000 empty seats in veteran training program

A recent government audit of a veteran job training program revealed more than half of its 99,000 available slots are unused. With the U.S. veteran unemployment rate hovering around 9.9% in March, according to the Labor Department, some are questioning why vets aren’t taking advantage of the program and if they are aware it exists.

 

International

Russia studying U.S. missile defense moves, still seeks guarantees

Russia is studying changes in the U.S. missile defense program, but still wants guarantees that the system would not be used against Russia, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said April 23.

 

Viewpoint

America, our great protector, is looking the other way

by David Blair, The Daily Telegraph

In the high summer of the Atlantic alliance, Winston Churchill warned America that the “price of greatness is responsibility.” Seventy years on, the U.S. might reasonably have hoped that the countries it was about to liberate when Churchill came to call would have shouldered the responsibility for their own defense.

Military tribunals don’t work

by Dana Milbank, The Washington Post

Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev won’t be sent before a military tribunal for a technical reason: As a U.S. citizen, he isn’t eligible.




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Headlines December 19, 2014

News: SpaceX’s attempt to land rocket on floating barge postponed - It’s set to be one of the most groundbreaking moments in humanity’s six decades of space exploration. Obama signs $1.1 trillion spending bill into law - President Obama signed the $1.1 trillion federal spending measure into law Dec. 16, officially ending any threat of a government...
 
 

News Briefs December 19, 2014

Trial set for ex-Navy engineer in military secrets case A former Navy civilian engineer is scheduled to stand trial next summer on charges of trying to steal aircraft carrier schematics. Media outlets report that 35-year-old Mostafa Awwad of Yorktown, Va., pleaded not guilty Dec. 17 to two counts of attempted exportation of defense articles and...
 
 

Lockheed to settle suit over retirement accounts

Lockheed Martin agreed Dec. 16 to settle a federal class-action lawsuit accusing the aerospace and defense behemoth of mismanaging the investment accounts of its employees and retirees, charging the investors high fees along the way. The tentative deal announced in federal court in Illinois’ East St. Louis averted an anticipated four-week trial in the 8-year-old...
 

 

Headlines December 17, 2014

News: U.S. Air Force tanker platform slated for year-end debut - Boeing is planning for first flight of its 767-2C – upon which the U.S. Air Force’s new KC-46 tanker will be based – by year’s end, six months late. Northrop Grumman wins $657.4 million deal to supply drones to South Korea - Northrop Grumman has won...
 
 

Headlines December 15, 2014

News: Defense authorization bill heads to White House - Senate lawmakers finalized work on the $584.2 billion annual defense authorization bill Dec .12, putting in place a 1 percent pay raise for troops starting in January and limiting growth in housing allowance rates. Senators make final push for vets suicide-prevention bill - An effort to get a...
 
 

News Briefs December 15, 2014

Official: Afghan insurgents kill two U.S. troops An international military official has told The Associated Press that an insurgent attack on a convoy in eastern Afghanistan has killed two U.S. troops. The official says the attack happened by the Bagram air base in Parwan province near the capital, Kabul, late Dec. 12. The official spoke...
 




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