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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 21, 2014

News: IDF releases Iron Dome interception rate - Israel’s Iron Dome system has successfully intercepted 86 percent of the Palestinian rockets that it has engaged during Operation ‘Protective Edge’, according to the Israel Defense Forces.   Business: The turnaround of France’s defense giant Thales - Within seconds of meeting Jean-Bernard Levy it becomes apparent that h...
 
 

News Briefs July 21, 2014

Corruption investigated in Kansas National Guard The Kansas Adjutant General’s office says federal authorities are investigating possible corruption involving outside medical companies’ contracts with the Kansas Army National Guard. Sharon Watson, spokeswoman for the adjutant general’s office, confirmed the investigation Friday to The Lawrence Journal-World but declined to rel...
 
 

Headlines July 18, 2014

News: Senate panel OKs Pentagon spending bill, but its fate is uncertain - A U.S. Senate panel July 17 approved nearly $550 billion in military spending, while also proposing to keep alive weapon systems the Pentagon wanted to retire. But senior members made clear it may never see the Senate floor.   Business: Pratt, Norway get...
 

 

News Briefs July 18, 2014

Six F-16s damaged during July 8 storm in Vermont The Vermont National Guard says a total of six F-16 fighter jets were damaged during a severe thunderstorm on July 8. The Guard says the storm with high winds caused the hangar doors at the Burlington Air National Guard station to collapse inward and damage the...
 
 

Airbus beats Boeing at Farnborough in orders race

Airbus beat rival Boeing in the aircraft order stakes at this year’s Farnborough International Airshow, garnering nearly twice as many orders and commitments. The victory by the European aircraft manufacturer is its second in a row in the unofficial air show competition after last year’s triumph in Paris – the French capital and Farnborough, a...
 
 

Headlines July 16, 2014

News: F-35 cleared for flight  - A Pentagon official told Defense News that the F-35 fighter fleet has been cleared by air worthiness authorities. A decision on attending the show has not been made but the official said DOD is “hopeful” it can make the trip.   Business: BAE aims for half of $10 billion...
 




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