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May 10, 2013

Headlines May 10, 2013

Business

Boeing aims to keep building F/A-18 jets through 2020

Boeing could keep building its Super Hornet fighter jet and a modified electronic attack version through 2020, the company said, given prospects for over 200 foreign sales and what it sees as up to 150 more sales to the U.S. Navy.

Bombardier says CSeries on track; revenue jumps

Bombardier Inc. said its CSeries jetliner was on track to make its first lfight in June, and the world’s No. 4 commercial aircraft maker reported a 25 percent jump in first-quarter revenue on robust growth at its aerospace unit.

Blackstone hires former Boeing executive to boost aerospace team

Blackstone Group LP hired former senior Boeing executive Jim Albaugh to boost the firm’s private equity activities in the aerospace and defense sector.

BAE says EADS deal was ‘window of opportunity’ that’ s now closed

BAE Systems Chairman Dick Olver said the attempted merger with European Aeronautics, Defence and Space Co. last year came at a moment that wont’ return anytime soon, as the company resumes its focus on bolt-on purchases.

Companies say decades-old national-security policies hurt sales

Rob Smith’s Pennsylvania company, Acutec Precision Machining Inc., makes inch-long fasteners that are used in the wings of airplanes. In 2006 he tried selling them abroad for the first time.

 

Defense

Navy $37 billion ships seen unsuitable have two-year window

The U.S. Navy has two years to convince critics, from lawmakers to some in its own ranks, that its troubled $37 billion Littoral Combat Ship program is worth continuing beyond the 24 vessels already under contract.

 

Veterans

Prince Harry pays respects at Arlington National Cemetery

After a whirlwind first day in the nation’s capital that included a visit to Capitol Hill, The White House and the British Ambassador’s residence, Prince Harry was up bright and early and in uniform for a somber visit to Arlington National Cemetery.

Harry’s tribute to America’s fallen

Prince Harry has paid his respects to the country’s fallen soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery – a somber visit that comes in stark contrast to the hysteria on his arrival in the United States May 9.

 

Space

Leak in space station’s radiator may require emergency spacewalk, NASA says

An emergency spacewalk may be in the cards for the six residents of the International Space Station, a NASA spokesman told FoxNews.com, to resolve a radiator leaking small white flakes of ammonia into the cold reach of space.

Most powerful star explosion ever seen

Two NASA space telescopes have captured what appears to be the most powerful star explosion ever detected, a cosmic event so luminous that scientists dubbed it “eye-wateringly bright” despite being 3.6 billion light-years from Earth.

 

International

United Kingdom: Soldiers’ jobs spared by redundancy volunteers

Thousands of soldiers are waiting to hear if they have lost their jobs as part of cuts to bring the regular Army down to 82,000 troops by 2020. Military chiefs announced in January that they would make 5,300 job cuts over the next year in the biggest tranche of job losses to hit the Army since the 1990s.

United Kingdom: Aircraft carrier ‘omnishambles’ wastes £100 million

The National Audit Office said that the decision to delay spending on a new radar system named Crowsnest will mean that any new aircraft carrier will not be fully operational until 2022, two years later than promised.

Australia reaches helicopter fix with Eurocopter

Australia’s military has reached agreement with Eurocopter’s local subsidiary to fix problems with its MRH-90 transport helicopter that could see the troubled aircraft cleared later this year, the government said May 9.

 

Viewpoint

The sequester is here to stay — now the military needs to get to work

by Mackenzie Eaglen, Fox News

The sequester has been law for almost two years. But the Pentagon’s delayed planning for implementing it has now made it easier for Congress to keep massive defense cuts on the books.




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Headlines January 30, 2015

News: Taliban claims responsibility for attack on Americans at military base near airport - The Taliban claimed responsibility Jan. 30 for a shooting incident at a military base attached to Kabul’s international airport yesterday that killed three American civilian contractors and an Afghan national, saying the attacker had infiltrated the ranks of the security forces. Commission...
 
 

News Briefs January 30, 2015

Military judge weighs restrictions on Gitmo female guards A military judge is deciding whether to continue restricting the use of female guards at Guantanamo. Navy Capt. J. Kirk Waits heard closing arguments Jan. 29 at the base in Cuba during a pretrial hearing for Abd al-Hadi al-Iraqi. Waits didn’t say when he will rule. Hadi...
 
 

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...
 




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