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April 26, 2013

Headlines April 26, 2013

News

Panel guts bill easing veterans’ sexual assault claims

A House panel April 25 gutted a bill that would have ordered the Veterans Affairs Department to relax evidence requirements for veterans’ claims related to rape and sexual assault.

 

Business

Boeing profit beats estimates despite 787 problems

Boeing’s first-quarter earnings jumped nearly 20 percent, handily beating analysts’ estimates and showing little impact from the 787 Dreamliner problems, sending the company’s shares up more than 3 percent.

China signs deal to by 60 Airbus planes

China signed a deal with European plane maker Airbus April 25 to purchase 60 planes, as French President Francois Hollande began a two-day visit to China.

Raytheon boosts earnings forecast after strong quarter

Raytheon raised its profit forecast for 2013 April 25 after a stronger-than-expected jump in first-quarter earnings, the only major arms company to do so despite fresh U.S. defense budget cuts.

Thales first quarter revenue up 3 percent, reaffirms forecasts

Europe’s largest defense electronics company, Thales, maintained its forecasts for 2013 after seeing a 3 percent rise in first-quarter sales blurred by a sharp drop in orders compared with a strong start to 2012.

Raytheon sees Pentagon protecting new weapons programs

Raytheon Chief Executive William Swanson April 25 said he expected top Pentagon leaders to try to protect programs to develop new weapons despite additional budget cuts that took effect on March 1.

 

Defense

Pentagon sees risks, progress on Lockheed’s F-35

Top Pentagon officials April 24 cited both progress and continuing risks on the $396 billion Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter program, and said Singapore had shown “tremendous interest” in the next-generation stealth fighter.

Pentagon sees some risk of delay in F-35 software

The Pentagon’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program said April 24 there was “some risk” that software being developed by Lockheed Martin for the Air Force version of the new fighter plane would be delayed beyond late 2017.

Sequester puts most demolition on hold

Plans to demolish unneeded Air Force property — eliminating one-fifth of the Air Force’s footprint by 2020 — have come to a screeching halt.

U.S. military faulted for burn-pit use

The U.S. military spent $5 million on incinerators at a base in Afghanistan that never became operable, forcing troops to use a type of open-air burn pit that has been linked to serious respiratory problems among veterans, according to a government report.

Family’s outrage over Air Force transfer decision adds to criticism of military justice system

The Air Force’s decision to transfer a lieutenant colonel to a Tucson, Ariz., military base after his sexual assault conviction was overturned by a commander has outraged the family of the woman who made the allegations, adding to the growing criticism of the military justice system.

 

Veterans

Tens of thousands turn out to honor the Anzac war dead on anniversary of Gallipoli

Tens of thousands of Australians and New Zealanders turned out April 25 to honor their war dead, with moving tributes to fallen mates and calls not to forget those injured in conflict. The commemorations are held every year on the April 25 anniversary of the ill-fated 1915 landing of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) at Gallipoli in modern-day Turkey during World War One.

Ghosts of Gallipoli

Landing at what would eventually become known as Turkey’s Anzac Cove in 1915, little did many of these men know that their sacrifices would still be commemorated almost a century later.

D-Day veterans’ anger at Normandy landings tourist campaign

D-Day veterans have protested after a new French Second World War tourism campaign ignored one of the Normandy beaches where British troops went ashore. Six tourist boards along the Normandy coast launched the new D-Day initiative to promote what it calls the ‘Secteur mythique’ – or mythical sector where action took place.

World War II MIA honored at Arlington after yearslong effort; memorial markers not often placed

On a hillside of Arlington National Cemetery, the markers remember the dead. Unlike the rest of the cemetery, though, no bodies are buried in section MK. These markers remember those who were lost but never recovered, the missing in action.

 

International

Pentagon sees Singapore’s decision about buying F-35s by summer

Singapore has shown “tremendous interest” in the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter developed by Lockheed Martin Corp and will likely decide by this summer whether to buy the new warplane, the Pentagon’s F-35 program chief said April 24.

United Kingdom: The Ministry of Defence can get better value from the private sector

In 1966, when I joined the British Army, the all-seasons sleeping kit was nothing more than a grey blanket and a groundsheet, readily recognizable to Wellington’s soldiers in the Peninsular War.  Notions of comfort or warmth, it seemed, had not advanced since the early 1800s.




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