In the news...

May 8, 2013

News Briefs May 8, 2013

Air Force says spending cuts hit combat aircraft

Air Force officials say the across-the-board spending cuts have led the service to cease operations for one third of the bomber and jet fighter force.

Air Force Secretary Michael Donley and Chief of Staff Mark Welsh told a Senate committee that nine fighter units and three bomber units have stood down.

They say that when a unit is down for 60 days, it is unable to meet mission requirements and readiness is degraded.

Overall, they say, the Air Force is slashing nearly $10 billion from its budget by Sept. 30 due to the cuts, known as sequestration.

Other effects of sequestration include the planned furlough of more than 170,000 civilian Air Force employees, an eighteen percent reduction in flight training and aircraft maintenance, and the postponement of airfield repairs. AP

Officials: U.S. military sex assault reports are up

Officials say a new Pentagon study reports that the number of sexual assaults reported by members of the U.S. military rose from 3,192 to 3,374 in 2012, while the department estimates that as many as 26,000 service members were assaulted, based on anonymous surveys.

The troubling trends underscore service members’ continued reluctance to come forward and formally report attacks. And the numbers highlight the dismal results that military leaders have had in their efforts to change behavior within the ranks. This comes just days after the arrest on sexual battery of the Air Force officer who was in charge of the branch’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response unit.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the report. AP

New aircraft carrier marks another milestone in Virginia

Another milestone is being marked in the construction of the Navy’s newest aircraft carrier.

Huntington Ingalls Industries says it is placing the final primary hull structure on the USS Gerald R. Ford May 7.

Shipbuilders are set to lift the forward end of a catapult onto the aircraft carrier. Officials say the lift is the last of 162 superlifts and brings more than three years of structural work to a close.

Construction of the Ford began in November 2009 at Newport News Shipbuilding.

The Ford is the lead ship in a new class of carriers. It features a new nuclear power plant, a redesigned island, electromagnetic catapults, improved weapons movement and an enhanced flight deck.

The Ford will replace the USS Enterprise, which was inactivated last year. AP

Ethiopian Air wants compensation for 787 grounding

The chief executive of Ethiopian Airlines said May 7 that his company will seek compensation from Boeing for the grounding of its 787 Dreamliner planes.

Tewolde Gebremariam told The Associated Press that his company will soon start discussions with Boeing over compensation.

A Boeing spokesman, Daniel Mosely, said the company has been in close communication with its customers regarding compensation since January, when Dreamliners around the world were grounded because of overheating lithium batteries. Mosely said details of the conversations are confidential.

Ethiopian Airlines began flying the 787s again last month after the battery problem was fixed. Gebremariam said his company’s focus had been on getting the Dreamliners back into service. Now that they are flying again, the company’s next step is to start compensation discussions with Boeing.

The 50 Dreamliner jets in service worldwide were grounded in mid-January after incidents with smoldering batteries occurred aboard two different planes, leading to hundreds of cancelled flights and revenue losses.

Japan’s two biggest carriers have the most 787s – All Nippon Airways owns 17 of the jets, while Japan Airlines has seven. The U.S. carrier United has six. AP

Triumph Group buying Primus Composites

Aircraft supplier Triumph Group is buying a composites business from Precision Castparts Corp. in part to broaden its global reach and expand its structural composite capabilities.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

Triumph’s purchase of Primus Composites includes a manufacturing plant in England and another in Thailand. The facilities will become part of Triumph’s aerostructures group.

Primus supplies composite and metallic propulsion and structural composite components and assemblies. Its operations in Thailand also machine and process metal components. Primus customers include Airbus, Rolls Royce, Aircelle and Bombardier.

Triumph Group Inc. said May 6 that it anticipates Primus adding about $55 million to annual revenue and to immediately add to its earnings. AP




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


 
 

 

Headlines January 28, 2015

News: Panel will propose new military retirement system - The long-awaited report on military compensation set to drop Thursday will propose fundamental changes to military retirement and health care benefits, according to several people familiar with the report. Source: DOD to request $585 billion for fiscal 2016 - The Department of Defense is preparing to submit a...
 
 

News Briefs January 28, 2015

Defense contractor to pay $2 million to settle claims A Northern California defense contractor will pay the federal government $2 million to settle claims about its manufacturing of parts for remote-controlled aircraft. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Sacramento says Sacramento-based Composite Engineering Inc. agreed to pay the money to end allegations that it artificially inflated...
 
 

Headlines January 26, 2015

News: Two Marines identified in deadly California helo crash - Two Marine Corps officers killed when their helicopter crashed during a training exercise in the Southern California desert were remembered Jan. 25 as talented pilots. Greek F-16 crashes in Spain during NATO exercise - Ten people died Jan. 26 after a Greek air force F-16 jet crashed...
 

 

News Briefs January 26, 2015

Navy wants to increase use of sonar-emitting buoys The U.S. Navy is seeking permits to expand sonar and other training exercises off the Pacific Coast, a proposal raising concerns from animal advocates who say that more sonar-emitting buoys would harm whales. The Navy now wants to deploy up to 720 sonobuoys about 12 miles off...
 
 

Headlines January 23, 2015

News: Yemen chaos threatens U.S. counterterror efforts, including drone program - The White House’s strategy for fighting al-Qaeda in Yemen – repeatedly presented as a model by President Obama – was left in tatters Thursday by the resignation of the man who personally approved U.S. drone strikes in the country and the collapse of its central...
 
 

News Briefs January 23, 2015

NATO detects key Russian military equipment in east Ukraine NATO’s top commander in Europe says the alliance has detected the presence of key Russian military equipment in eastern Ukraine that, in the past, has accompanied large inflows of Russian troops. Gen. Philip Breedlove told a news conference Jan. 22 in Brussels that Russian electronic warfare...
 




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=""> <strike> <strong>