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May 31, 2013

Headlines May 31, 2013

Defense

Kansas religion bill urges military to defend ‘Judeo-Christian tradition’ against alleged discrimination

Republican lawmakers in Kansas want the state Legislature to call on the U.S. military to aggressively defend the “Judeo-Christian tradition” in the face of alleged discrimination by the Defense Department.

 

Veterans

Shinseki on stopping homelessness: ‘The climb will get steeper’

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki warned Wednesday that tackling the problem of homelessness among veterans, like so many other problems vets face, is likely to get more difficult before it is solved.

How veterans can combat employment discrimination

I recently discussed how veterans can improve their employability, including ramping up their online presence, connecting with mentors, and seeking out ways to grow their skills. But what happens when veterans are faced with discrimination?

 

International

United Kingdom: RAF unable to teach new pilots for five months after propellers fall off two training aircraft in mid-flight grounding entire fleet  

The RAF has had to ground an entire fleet of training aircraft following two incidents when propellers came off in mid-flight, meaning they have been unable to teach new pilots for almost five months. Defence sources have described the grounding of the Grob 115E Tutor aircraft, which are maintained by defense contractor Babcock, as a ‘complete fiasco.’

Syrian president Assad boasts he has received Russian anti-aircraft missiles and holds the ‘balance of power’ in civil war

Syria has received the first shipment of Russian missiles that are part of a more sophisticated air defense system, President Bashar Assad bragged May 30.

War in Afghanistan set to cost every British household £2,000 as bill soars to £4 billion

Every family has paid £2,000 towards the bill for the war in Afghanistan, it emerged May 30. Over a decade and a half the conflict will have cost Britain at least £40billion – enough to hire and pay 5,000 nurses or police officers for their whole career.

U.S. drone strike that killed Taliban deputy commander scuppers Pakistan’s hopes of negotiating with the extremists

Future peace negotiations in Pakistan are now in jeopardy after the Pakistani Taliban’s deputy leader Waliur Rehman was killed in a U.S. drone strike May 29. Rehman was considered the best chance for talks with the incoming Pakistani government over his more hardline superior, Hakeemullah Mehsud, who remains at large.




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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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