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May 8, 2013

Headlines May 8, 2013

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Air Force sidelines 17 nuclear missile officers; commander cites ‘rot’ in system

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.

 

Business

DynCorp restructures into three business units

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 sees modest earnings growth, U.S. remains uncertain

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 chairman keeps his job despite failed merger plan

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.

Turkey’s Aselsan secures Sikorsky helicopter subcontract

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.

Paint job but no ‘rollout’ party for newest Airbus jet

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.

 

Defense

Carbine competition may be killed

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.

 

Veterans

New VA hospitals: Months overdue, millions over budget

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.

Measure to ban VA executive bonuses among bills passed by House committee

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.

Hero who makes Biggles look like a wimp: He’s flown more planes than anyone else in history – and took 2,000 Nazis prisoner single-handed. And now, at 94, he’s telling his breathtaking story

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?

 

Space

Thousands of astronauts enter race to take part in ’1,000-day mission to Mars’ as NASA says red planet is ‘top priority’

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.”

The ‘pillownauts’ helping man get to Mars by lying down for nine weeks

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.




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Army photograph by David Vergun

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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

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