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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 April 14, 2014

Business: U.S. Navy looks to leverage submarine work to keep costs down - The U.S. Navy hopes to save money and time by leveraging industry investments as it replaces its Ohio-class nuclear-armed submarines with the Virginia-class attack submarines now built by General Dynamics Corp and Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc.  Study raises red flags on California aerospace...
 
 

News Briefs April 14, 2014

U.S. Navy destroyer Zumwalt christened in Maine The U.S. Navy has christened the first ship of its newest class of destroyers, a 610-foot (186-meter)-long warship with advanced technologies and a stealthy design that will reduce its visibility on enemy radars. The warship bears the name of the late Adm. Elmo ìBudî Zumwalt, who became the...
 
 

Headlines April 11, 2014

News: Lawmakers readying legislation to block A-10 cuts - Lawmakers in both the House and Senate are planning legislation to block the Air Force’s plans to retire the A-10.   Business: Navy may delay decision on replacing carrier supply planes - The U.S. Navy is looking for an inexpensive way to replace its aging fleet of 35...
 

 

News Briefs April 11, 2014

450 U.S., Romanian troops in joint military games Some 450 U.S. and Romanian troops and technical staff kicked off joint military exercises in northwestern Romania April 10, flying U.S. F-16 fighter jets alongside Romanian ones. Four F-16s and one Romanian MiG-21 LanceR took off from Romania’s Campia Tarzii military base as the Dacian Viper 2014...
 
 

Headlines April 9, 2014

News: Marine shoots, kills fellow Marine gate guard at Camp Lejeune - The shooting death of a Camp Lejeune gate guard by a fellow Marine April 8 evening was likely the result of a negligent discharge, according to an official at Headquarters Marine Corps, though the incident remains under investigation.   Business: DOD withholds $25.7 million...
 
 

News Briefs April 9, 2014

New program would boost veterans in Hill jobs Members of Congress often urge federal agencies and the private sector to hire military veterans, but a survey suggests they rarely follow that advice with their personal staff. The survey says veterans made up less than 3 percent of the staff in the congressional offices that responded....
 




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