The Air Force stripped an unprecedented 17 officers of their authority to control — and, if necessary, launch — nuclear missiles after a string of unpublicized failings, including a remarkably dim review of their unit’s launch skills. The group’s deputy commander said it is suffering “rot” within its ranks.
Falls Church, Va.,-based DynCorp International is consolidating its business units and starting a new group in an effort to expand into more international work.
BAE Systems left its outlook for the year unchanged and forecast “moderate growth” in earnings per share for 2013, subject to continued uncertainties over defense budget cuts in the United States.
BAE Systems Chairman Dick Olver, who presided over a failed attempt to merge with European defense and aerospace peer EADCS, survived a shareholder vote May 8 to begin a 10th year at the helm.
Turkish defense and electronics company Aselsan will supply parts and software for Sikorsky Blackhawk military helicopters in a deal that will guarantee the company around $100 million in orders annually for the next five to six years.
Airbus has started painting the A350, a sign it is approaching a maiden flight, but has bowed to the industry’s increasingly pragmatic mood by deciding against a traditional “rollout” for its newest jet.
The $50 million competition to build a better carbine is on its way to being canceled. The decision is not yet official, but Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno May 7 said word is coming soon. He was hesitant to elaborate, but did take the opportunity to salute the venerable M4 carbine that would have been replaced.
Building new veterans hospitals is an “abysmal” process filled with delays and cost overruns, says the chairman of a House panel investigating how the Veterans Affairs Department spends money.
The House Veterans’ Affairs Committee passed six bills Wednesday, including a measure aimed at making it easier for victims of sexual assault and rape in the military to receive veterans’ disability benefits and a provision barring Veterans Affairs Department executives from receiving bonuses for the next five years.
Eric Brown must rank as the most extraordinary airman alive. Indeed, open his memoirs at any page and you are left asking a single question: how on earth did this modest Scotsman live to tell the tale?
NASA administrator Charles Bolden has said that a manned mission to Mars is the space agency’s top priority – and told space experts ‘every single moment of our time and every single dollar of our assets’ should be spent on the mission. Speaking on the first day of the Humans 2 Mars Summit at George Washington University, Bolden said: “Interest in sending humans to Mars has never been higher.”
A group of 12 ‘pillownauts’ are taking part in a scientific bed study during which they must spend a total of nine weeks lying at a six-degree angle below the horizontal. Lying at this precise angle has the same affect on the human body as flying in weightlessness.