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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 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

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,177 As of April 22, 2014, at least 2,177 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. The AP count is one less than the Defense Department’s tally. At least...
 
 

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

News: Former Ranger breaks silence on Pat Tillman death: I may have killed him - Almost 10 years after the friendly fire death of former NFL star turned Army Ranger Pat Tillman, a fellow ranger admits that he may have been the one who fired the fatal shot.   Business: Ship study should favor existing designs -...
 
 

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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