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May 29, 2013

Headlines May 29, 2013

News

Suspected U.S. drone crashes in Somalia

A suspected U.S. drone has crashed in the southern Lower Shabelle region of Somalia, according to reports.

 

Business

Pratt & Whitney finalizes $1 billion F-35 jet engine deal

Pratt & Whitney, a unit of United Technologies Corps, said May 28 that has finalized a $1 billion deal with the Pentagon for a fifth batch of engines for the single engine Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jet.

EADS to continue to work with Germany on scrapped drone deal

European aerospace and defence group EADS and partner Northrop Grumman say they will continue to work with the German government on a drone project that Berlin canceled earlier this month.

Airbus supplier Premium Aerotec changes top management

The bosses of Airbus suppliers Premium Aerotec have resigned as the company seeks new management to help improve its financial performance.

 

Defense

Budget cuts leave Air Force pilots twisting in the wind

The “World Famous Rocketeers” were flying high two months ago. The Air Force fighter squadron had returned safely with its F-15E Strike Eagles and aircraft crews from a six-month Middle East deployment, and in March the entire wing passed a readiness evaluation with an unusually high rating.

 

Veterans

Veterans’ claims put pressure on Obama even as backlog dips

A long-growing backlog of U.S. military veterans’ claims, which has stoked congressional anger, has dipped in recent weeks, however tentatively.

 

Space

Soyuz sends crew to space station

Three new crew members for the International Space Station have launched from Kazakhstan. The Soyuz rocket carrying Fyodor Yurchikhin, Karen Nyberg and Luca Parmitano lifted away from the Baikonur Cosmodrome at 2:31 a.m., local time, May 29.

 

Technology

Should the U.S. Army buy a hybrid tank?

Next year, the U.S. Army is expected to choose a larger tank to replace its Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle, which has been in service since 1981. If the army accepts one contractor’s proposal, its armored brigades could be relying heavily on a tank with a hybrid engine for several decades.

 

International

Syria: Russia to send anti-aircraft missiles to stop Western ‘hotheads’

Moscow said it was being forced to send the S-300 system to Syria’s president to prevent Western “hotheads” from intervening in the country’s civil war.

Chinese hackers access major weapons systems: Washington Post

Chinese hackers have gained access to designs of more than two dozen major U.S. weapons systems, a U.S. report said on Monday, as Australian media said Chinese hackers had stolen the blueprints for Australia’s new spy headquarters.

 

Viewpoint

Solemn promises broken

The Washington Times

This Memorial Day is punctuated by one other scandal in the Obama administration. The inability of the Department of Veterans Affairs to process disability and related claims of our nation’s veterans in a timely manner is a shameful situation that may well add not only to anxiety among veterans, but even to the number of deaths of those who served their nation. About 600,000 claims are backlogged — pending, in other words — for more than 125 days.

Protecting the command structure instead of the victims

The Washington Post

’Tis the season for scandals — real and manufactured — in Washington. But if our elected officials are searching for a real scandal, maybe they should start with the officer leading the Air Force’s anti-sexual assault initiative who was charged with sexual battery this month. Or the sergeant in Texas who allegedly forced a subordinate into prostitution. Or the 26,000 sexual assaults that happened in our military last year alone.

 

 

 

 




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