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May 22, 2013

Headlines May 22, 2013

Business

Rolls-Royce wins engine order from U.S. lessor CIT

Britain’s Rolls-Royce has won a contract to supply engines to power 23 Airbus aircraft ordered by U.S. leasing company CIT Aerospace, it said May 22.

Boeing defense chief sees rising R&D, margins

Boeing’s defense division expects to continue growing its research and development spending and operating margins in coming years, regardless of what happens with top line revenues.

Delta Airlines wants to stop Ex-Im help on big jets

Delta Air Lines wants the U.S. Export-Import Bank to stop helping state-owned foreign airlines buy wide-body jets from Boeing, and would be willing to forgo such support for its own purchases if all such subsidies were eliminated, its chief executive said May 22.

 

Defense

Lawmakers: Keep flying Global Hawk Block 30 through 2016

Lawmakers want the Air Force to keep flying the unmanned RQ-4 Global Hawk Block 30 for another three years, despite the service’s contention that the manned U-2 is better suited for intelligence gathering.

DOD’s request for 1 percent military pay raise, Tricare fee hikes rejected by House panel

A key House panel rejected the idea that budget cuts must mean pain for service members, retirees and their families.

Pentagon to take over some CIA drone operations

President Barack Obama’s administration has decided to give the Pentagon control of some drone operations against terrorist suspects overseas that are currently run by the CIA, several U.S. government sources said May 20.

U.S. Air Force to move forward target date for F-35 use

The U.S. Air Force plans to start operational use of Lockheed Martin Corp.-built F-35 fighter jets in mid-2016, a year earlier than planned, using a similar software package as the Marine Corps, two sources familiar with the plans said May 20.

Pentagon wants $450 million for maintaining, upgrading Guantanamo prison

The Pentagon is asking Congress for more than $450 million for maintaining and upgrading the Guantanamo Bay prison that President Barack Obama wants to close.

Hagel directs Pentagon to seek new software for health records

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on May 22 directed the Pentagon to seek new healthcare management software that would better integrate military health care records with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

 

Tech

Hypersonic weapons could hit battlefield by 2025

High-tech weapons may be screaming through the skies at five times the speed of sound by the middle of the next decade, U.S. military officials say.

Solar Impulse plane’s trans-America bid continues

The Solar Impulse solar-powered plane has set off on the second leg of its trans-American journey. It took off at 4:47, a.m., May 22 from Phoenix, Ariz., bound for Dallas, Texas.

 

International

Helmet for Britain’s new F-35 fighter has ‘significant technical deficiencies’

An “augmented reality” flight helmet for Britain’s new F-35 fighter allowing the pilot to see 360 degrees has “significant technical deficiencies” which have forced designers back to the drawing board.

 

Viewpoint

The generals flunk the birds ‘n’ bees test

The Washington Times

The latest report by the Defense Department’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office documents the dysfunctional consequences of social experiments with human sexuality in our military over many years. What’s worse, the department’s plans will extend problems of sexual assault and misconduct into the combat arms.




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Headlines July 28, 2014

News: U.S. has lost track of weapons given to Afghanistan - The United States supplied almost three quarter of a million weapons to Afghanistan’s army and police since 2004, but the military cannot track where many of those arms have gone, a new report found. Bill to improve VA has $17 billion price tag - A bipartisan...
 
 

News Briefs July 28, 2014

Marines seek authorization for dolphin deaths The Marine Corps is asking for a five-year authorization from the National Marine Fisheries Service for incidental deaths of bottlenose dolphins during training exercises at a bombing and target range. The Sun Journal of New Bern, N.C., reports that Connie Barclay of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says...
 
 
Army photograph by David Vergun

Senior leaders explain Army’s drawdown plan

Army photograph by David Vergun No commander is happy when notified that a soldier from his or her command has been identified for early separation. But commanders personally notify those Soldiers and ensure participation in th...
 

 

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

NASA’s Mars spacecraft maneuvers to prepare for close comet flyby

NASA/JPL-Caltech image This graphic depicts the orbit of comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring as it swings around the sun in 2014. On Oct. 19, the comet will have a very close pass at Mars. Its nucleus will miss Mars by about 82,000 m...
 




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