In the news...

May 1, 2013

News Briefs: May 1, 2013

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,077

As of April 30, 2013, at least 2,077 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count.

At least 1,719 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result of hostile action, according to the military’s numbers.

Outside of Afghanistan, the department reports at least 119 more members of the U.S. military died in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Of those, 11 were the result of hostile action.

The AP count of total OEF casualties outside of Afghanistan is four more than the department’s tally.

The Defense Department also counts three military civilian deaths.

Since the start of U.S. military operations in Afghanistan, 18,429 U.S. service members have been wounded in hostile action, according to the Defense Department. AP

 

Military court reverses suicide attempt conviction

The U.S. military’s highest court has reversed a Marine’s conviction for a suicide attempt.

The Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces issued the 3-2 split opinion late April 29.

It says a military judge shouldn’t have accepted Pvt. Lazzaric Caldwell’s guilty plea in 2010 to a charge of wrongful self-injury without intent to avoid service.

Caldwell slit his wrists at Camp Schwab in Okinawa, Japan, after learning of a friend’s death back home in California. He was sentenced to 180 days in jail and received a bad conduct discharge for that offense and convictions for larceny and violating orders.

The court found Caldwell’s guilty plea for the suicide attempt technically insufficient. The majority opinion doesn’t address the larger question of whether military suicide attempts should be prosecuted as crimes or considered noncriminal matters requiring treatment. AP

 

Outraged lawmakers look to change military justice

Lawmakers outraged over an Air Force officer’s decision to overturn a jury’s guilty verdict in a sexual assault case are promising to do something about it by changing the military justice system.

Congress repeatedly has challenged the Pentagon’s lack of resolve in combatting sexual assault in its ranks. The offense is considered far more prevalent than the 3,192 reported cases in 2011, the most recent figure available. Officials estimate the real number is closer to 19,000 assaults annually.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel earlier this month proposed largely stripping the authority of commanding officers to nullify jury verdicts. Republicans and Democrats in the House and Senate see Hagel’s proposal as an opportunity to change the decades-old Uniform Code of Military Justice.

Final legislation is likely in June. AP

 

France to slash 20,000 military jobs, seeking savings

France is cutting 20,000 military jobs in coming years and sharply tightening its defense budget in coming years.

The new cuts are aimed at dealing with undiminished demands on the French military at the same time that the bill for France’s decades of deficit spending is coming due.

According to the defense ministry’s new “White Book on Defense and National Security” France will cut an additional 20,000 defense posts by 2019, in addition to the 55,000 cuts called for under the last top-to-bottom defense review five years ago. According to the government, there are 228,000 members of the military now.

The broad outlines of France’s defense strategy – maintaining its nuclear arsenal and its place in NATO – are unchanged, according to a review of long-range plans released April 29. AP

 

Brazil’s Embraer inks 30-jet deal with United

Brazilian plane maker Embraer says it’s signed a firm order with United Airlines for 30 regional jets.

With the option for United to buy an additional 40 jets, Embraer says the deal could eventually be worth nearly $4 billion. The first planes are to be delivered in the first quarter of 2014.

The E175 jets will be flown by the airliner’s United Express regional service and will have a 76-seat layout.

In a joint statement April 29, United chief revenue officer Jim Compton praises the E175’s fuel efficiency, and says the planes will have an expanded first-class section and larger overhead bins.

Embraer is the world’s third-largest commercial aircraft manufacturer behind Boeing and Airbus and the global leader in regional jets. AP

 

 




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

Headlines August 1, 2015

News: Marine F-35 jets deemed ready for combat – A small batch of the highly anticipated – and much criticized – F-35B Joint Strike Fighter jets have been approved for combat by the U.S. Marine Corps.   News: Reports: China to sell J-10 fighter to Iran, Syria? – Iran is rumored external link to be buying 150...
 
 

News Briefs August 3, 2015

Russian military helicopter crashes during air show, one dead A Russian military helicopter crashed Aug. 2 during an aerobatic display, killing one of its crewmembers and injuring another, the Defense Ministry said. The Mi-28 helicopter gunship was part of a flight of helicopters performing aerobatics at the Dubrovichi firing range in Ryazan region, about 170...
 
 
Army photograph by John Andrew Hamilton

Improved Multiple Launch Rocket System tested at White Sands Missile Range

Army photograph by John Andrew Hamilton A Multiple Launch Rocket System with an improved armored cab fires a training rocket during a test. The rockets were simple training rockets and not equipped with a warhead, but still gen...
 

 

Missile Defense Agency, Raytheon demonstrate SM-6’s new anti-ballistic missile defense capability

In a first-of-its-kind test, the U.S. Navy fired a Raytheon Standard Missile-6, intercepting and destroying a short-range ballistic missile target at sea. The successful U.S. Missile Defense Agency test proved a modified SM-6 can eliminate threat ballistic missiles in their final seconds of flight. “SM-6 is the only missile in the world that can do...
 
 

Northrop Grumman-developed stealthy data link validated as combat ready with U.S. Marine Corps

the U.S. Marine Corps achieving F-35B initial operating capability, the Multifunction Advanced Data Link waveform developed by Northrop Grumman has been proven a key combat-ready capability of the F-35 Lightning II program. MADL is a high-data-rate, directional communications link that allows fifth-generation aircraft to communicate and coordinate tactics covertly. During testing of the Lockhee...
 
 

Lockheed Martin technology helps pilots, UAS operators share data, stay safe

As Unmanned Aircraft Systems take to the skies, it is essential for safety that UAS operators and pilots are aware of each other. To help provide this shared situational awareness, Lockheed Martin has deployed the first components of a UAS traffic management system that is available to the UAS community now. Lockheed Martin’s online Flight...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>