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May 15, 2013

Headlines May 15, 2013

Business

Lockheed says furloughs could delay F-35 fighter, other programs

The Pentagon’s plans to put most of its 800,000 civilian employees on unpaid leave for 11 days could lead to delays on Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and other weapons programs, a top company official said on May 14.

EADS sees use for Euro Hawk spy drone gear after German retreat

European Aeronautic, Defence & Space Co. said equipment developed for five high-flying spy drones can find other uses after the German government said it would abort the 508 million-euro ($661 million) Euro Hawk project.

Airbus A350’s paint job points to Paris-show blow for Boeing

Airbus SAS engineers are working 13-hour days to get the company’s latest A350 plane off the ground in time to scoop the headlines at next month’s Paris air show.

 

Defense

Budget constraints delay new trainer

The Air Force’s T-38 trainer will be needed a few years longer than planned. The new trainer was left out of the budget request for next year, and the Air Force is targeting a request for proposal by fiscal 2016, with the hope of reaching initial operating capability capacity seven years later.

Lockheed F-35 should get safety valve, official says

The Pentagon’s top weapons buyer is backing calls to restore a valve on Lockheed Martin’s F-35 jet that improves the fighter’s chance to survive a hit from a high-explosive round.

 

Veterans

House panel boosts veterans spending as other programs face sharp cuts

With no broader budget deal in sight, a key House panel responsible for implementing sweeping cuts to agency budgets moved Wednesday to exempt veterans and largely protect spending on border safety and other homeland security programs in the coming year.

The World War II battle where Americans and Germans fought on the SAME side

Two weeks after Adolf Hitler committed suicide, German troops and American soldiers fought together to rescue a group of high profile French prisoners in the final days of the war. The true story is one of the lesser known tales from World War II but reads like the plot of a Hollywood movie.

 

Space

NASA spacecraft’s planet-hunting days may be over after loss of second wheel

NASA’s planet-hunting telescope is broken. The Kepler spacecraft lost the second of four wheels that control the telescope’s orientation in space, NASA said May 15

Ghana’s nascent space program launches soda can-sized model of satellite

Their project might not sound like much: The college students on May 15 launched a tiny model of a satellite the size of a soda can on a big yellow balloon. It went aloft to a height of 165 meters (yards) and then came back down attached to a parachute.

 

International

United Kingdom: Philip Hammond extends tours for British troops in Afghanistan

Philip Hammond has announced that from September, some soldiers will serve up to nine months instead of the usual six months. The new timetable will mean only two more brigades will be needed before British troops are expected to withdraw next year.

U.S. sees China launch as test of anti-satellite muscle

The U.S. government believes a Chinese missile launch this week was the first test of a new interceptor that would be used to destroy a satellite in orbit, one U.S. defense official said May 15.

 

Viewpoint

Military spending is not right way to boost America’s economic security

by Michael Shank, Elizabeth Kucinich, Fox News

That Washington is holding defense cuts responsible for slow economic growth is a specious argument at best. War spending is unproductive and inflationary. Modern defense costs are capital intensive, not labor intensive, making the industry inefficient as a job creator.

 

 

 




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Headlines April 23, 2014

News: U.S. conducts spy flights over Russia - After a tit-for-tat series of delays, the United States conducted an Open Skies Treaty intelligence flight over Russian territory April 21, a State Department official said.  Army paratroopers heading to Poland after Russian annexation of Crimea - U.S. Army paratroopers are arriving in Poland to begin a series of...
 
 

News Briefs April 23, 2014

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Australia lifts F-35 order from 14 to 72 fighters

Australia announced April 23 that it had increased its order for F-35 Joint Strike Fighters by 58 to 72 to be fully operational by 2023 in a declaration of confidence in the troubled stealth war plane. The government expects the additional 58 U.S. jets, developed by Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., will cost 12.4 billion Australian...
 

 

Textron eliminating 750 Cessna, Beechcraft jobs

Just over a month after buying Beechcraft for $1.4 billion, Textron announced 750 job cuts at that company and at its Cessna division. The layoffs will occur over the next 60 days. Both aircraft makers are based in Wichita, Kansas, and Textron says about 575 of the affected jobs are based in Kansas. Management and...
 
 

Headlines April 21, 2014

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News Briefs April 21, 2014

Navy OKs changes for submariners’ sleep schedules The U.S. Navy has endorsed changes to submarine sailors’ schedules based on research into sleep patterns by a military laboratory in Connecticut. With no sunlight to set day apart from night on a submarine, the Navy for decades has staggered sailors’ working hours on schedules with little resemblance...
 




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