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May 6, 2013

Headlines May 6, 2013

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Benghazi witness: US military response could have ‘scared’ off attackers, prevented mortar strike

The U.S. military could have prevented one wave of the deadly attack on American personnel in Benghazi if fighter jets had been promptly deployed, a top diplomatic official who was in Benghazi during the Sept. 11 assault told congressional investigators.

 

Defense

U.S. Navy moves ahead on new presidential helicopter program

The U.S. navy posted the final rules for a long-delayed, multibillion dollar competition for a new fleet of presidential helicopters, saying it planned to award a contract about a year from now despite looming defense budget cuts.

Bunker-busting behemoth: Pentagon upgrades bomb with Iranian nukes in mind

The Pentagon’s biggest bunker-busting bomb has been upgraded with one task in mind: taking out suspected Iranian nuclear facilities built deep under the mountains of the Islamic Republic’s northern region.

KBR vs. Army: On largest services contract, ‘things have gotten very nasty’

Army contracting officer Robert Egan gave contractor KBR Inc. a rare ultimatum: Provide a firm, fixed price on remaining work to close out the largest government services contract in U.S. history. Or else, he added, he was finished talking.

Pentagon: Chinese government waging cyberattacks

The Pentagon for the first time used its annual report on China to directly assert that Beijing’s government and military have conducted computer-based attacks against the U.S., including efforts to steal information from federal agencies.

Guantanamo camp burns through $900,000 a year per inmate

It’s been dubbed the most expensive prison on Earth and President Barack Obama cited the cost last week as one of many reasons to shut down the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, which burns through some $900,000 per prisoner annually.

 

Space

Bad weather postpones Europe’s Vega rocket launch

The latest outing for Europe’s new small satellite launcher, Vega, has been postponed until an unspecified date because of bad weather conditions.

NASA chief Bolden urges Congress to fund private space taxis

American astronauts could be forced to fly on Russian spacecraft beyond 2017 if Congress continues to cut funding for private crewed vehicles, NASA chief Charles Bolden says.

 

Tech

Solar Impulse plane lands in Phoenix

A plane powered only by the Sun has completed the first leg of a journey that aims to cross the United States. Solar Impulse, as the vehicle is known, took off at dawn from San Francisco, Calif., May 3 and landed in Phoenix, Ariz., some 18 hours later.

 

International

Australia: Defense introduces a new arc for a new era

Military strategists love a neat metaphor and today’s defense white paper from the Gillard government has given us a fresh one to bandy about.

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter: simply a phenomenal flying machine

The smile on the face of the test pilot as he completed a successful vertical landing of Britain’s newest generation of fighter jets said it all. “This is simply a phenomenal flying machine.”

 

Viewpoint

Everywhere but in foxholes

by Jerry Boykin and Ken Allard, The Washington Times

President Obama’s supporters were outraged when the actor portraying Satan during the recent TV miniseries “The Bible” had more than a passing resemblance to Mr. Obama. Now, however, those same supporters seem determined to remove all doubt about the anti-religious bigotry underlying this administration’s every official pronouncement.

Australia: We rely on the U.S. at our peril

by Peter Hartcher,  The Sydney Morning Herald

U.S. military dominance of Asia rests on the power of its navy, and at the center/ of its navy sits the mighty aircraft carrier, the queen of the ocean. And, like a queen, each one travels with an entire court – dozens of smaller vessels, scores of aircraft and at least one submarine.

 




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Headlines July 28, 2014

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News Briefs July 28, 2014

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Army photograph by David Vergun

Senior leaders explain Army’s drawdown plan

Army photograph by David Vergun No commander is happy when notified that a soldier from his or her command has been identified for early separation. But commanders personally notify those Soldiers and ensure participation in th...
 

 

Northrop Grumman awarded mission support services contract

The U.S. Army awarded Northrop Grumman a cost-plus-fixed-fee contract, with a potential value of $205 million, to continue providing mission logistics services in support of combat brigades training at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, Calif. The contract covers one base year and two one-year options. Support will include the full range of mission...
 
 
Lockheed Martin photograph by Beth Groom

F-35 Rollout Marks U.S.-Australia Partnership Milestone

Lockheed Martin photograph by Beth Groom Royal Australian Air Force Air Marshal Geoff Brown delivers his remarks at the roll out ceremony for Australia’s first F-35. The official rollout of the first two F-35 Lightning II...
 
 
NASA/JPL-Caltech image

NASA’s Mars spacecraft maneuvers to prepare for close comet flyby

NASA/JPL-Caltech image This graphic depicts the orbit of comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring as it swings around the sun in 2014. On Oct. 19, the comet will have a very close pass at Mars. Its nucleus will miss Mars by about 82,000 m...
 




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