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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 April 18, 2014

Business: Lockheed to Lose 17 F-35s Under Automatic Pentagon Cuts - Pentagon will cut 17 of the 343 F-35 fighters it planned to buy from Lockheed Martin in fiscal 2016 through 2019 unless Congress repeals automatic budget cuts, according to a new Defense Department report. DOD looking for ways not to break MH-60R helo deal - The...
 
 

News Briefs April 18, 2013

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,177 As of April 15, 2014, at least 2,177 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 1,802 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result...
 
 
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F-35 fleet surpasses 15,000 flying hours

The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II fleet recently surpassed 15,000 flight hours, marking a major milestone for the program.  “Flying 15,000 hours itself demonstrates that the program is maturing, but what I think is e...
 

 
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NASA Cassini images may reveal birth of new Saturn moon

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has documented the formation of a small icy object within the rings of Saturn that may be a new moon, and may also provide clues to the formation of the planet’s known moons. Images taken w...
 
 

NASA completes LADEE mission with planned impact on Moon’s surface

Ground controllers at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., have confirmed that NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer spacecraft impacted the surface of the moon, as planned, between 9:30 and 10:22 p.m., PDT, April 17. LADEE lacked fuel to maintain a long-term lunar orbit or continue science operations and was intentionally sent...
 
 
Photograph courtesy of NASA Ames/SETI Institute/JPL-Caltech

NASA’s Kepler telescope discovers first Earth-size planet in ‘habitable zone’

Photograph courtesy of NASA Ames/SETI Institute/JPL-Caltech Kepler-186f resides in the Kepler-186 system about 500 light-years from Earth in the constellation Cygnus. The system is also home to four inner planets, seen lined up...
 




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