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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 August 28, 2014

News: After F-15 jet crash in Virginia, rescue helicopters search for pilot - Helicopters are searching for an Air National Guard pilot after his F-15 jet crashed in the mountains of Virginia this morning, military officials said.   Business: U.S. Air Force 3DELRR contract expected soon - The U.S. Air Force could award the contract for its...
 
 

News Briefs August 28, 2014

Russian directing new offensive in Ukraine The Obama administration believes Russia is leading a new military counteroffensive in Ukraine. U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki says Russia has sent additional columns of tanks and armored vehicles into its neighbor’s territory. She says the incursions suggest a ìRussian-directed counteroffensive is likely underway in the contested e...
 
 

F-15C crashes in mountains of Virginia

An Air Force jet based in Massachusetts crashed in the mountains of western Virginia Aug. 27, shaking the ground and frightening residents, and officials said the pilot’s status was unknown. No injuries were reported on the ground, but authorities were still trying to reach the crash site ó located through its heavy smoke coming from...
 

 

Headlines August 25, 2014

News: U.S. sends second carrier to Asia amid tensions with China - The Navy is sending a second aircraft carrier strike group to the Asia Pacific region amid new tensions with China over a dangerous aerial encounter between a Chinese interceptor and a Navy P-8 surveillance aircraft. SpaceX rocket explodes during test flight - A SpaceX rocket...
 
 

News Briefs August 25, 2014

China says U.S. plane intercept was professional China’s Defense Ministry has rejected U.S. accusations that a Chinese fighter jet conducted a dangerous intercept of a U.S. Navy surveillance aircraft off the coast of China in international airspace. The ministry issued a statement Aug. 23 attributed to spokesman Yang Yujun calling the U.S. accusations groundless. It...
 
 

Headlines August 22, 2014

News: GAO: Pentagon violated law with Bergdahl swap - Congressional investigators say the Pentagon violated the law when it swapped five Taliban leaders for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held prisoner in Afghanistan for five years.   Business: U.S. Air Force issues RFI for new rocket engine - The US Air Force is officially looking into...
 




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