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June 14, 2013

Headlines June 14, 2013

News

A350: The aircraft that Airbus did not want to build

After many years on the drawing board and $15 billion of investment the latest potential blockbuster from Airbus made its long-awaited first flight June 14.

 

Business

A350 marks new phase in aero-engines

A U.K. aircraft engine claimed to be the most efficient in the world faced its toughest test June 14.

Boeing set to confirm plans for larger 787 Dreamliner

Boeing is poised to launch a larger member of its 787 Dreamliner jetliner family to meet demand for long-haul travel within Asia and other long-haul routes, sources said July 13.

Boeing seen reaping $6 billion a year on 787 output boost

Boeing, rebounding from the 787 Dreamliner’s three-month grounding, is moving closer to a further production increase that would reward investors by freeing up billions of dollars for dividends and buybacks.

United Technologies CFO sees 2013 revenue crimped due partly to weak European economy

Revenue growth at United Technologies Corp. this year will likely be crimped due partly to Europe’s weak economy, the chief financial officer said June 13.

Kawasaki Heavy admits to merger talks as president fired

Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd., Japan’s second-biggest maker of heavy equipment, fired Satoshi Hasegawa as president and said it ended talks to merge with Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., two months after denying the two companies had entered discussions to combine.

 

Defense

House considering jail term for military sexual assault

The House is heading toward passage of a sweeping defense bill that reflects the outrage among lawmakers over the growing number of sexual assaults in the military.

Air National Guard unit under investigation for misconduct claims

A high-profile New York Air National Guard airlift wing has promoted sexual abusers instead of punishing them, according to the retired officer who handled claims of sexual assault in the unit.

Lawmakers want to limit PCS funds

House appropriators have voted to reduce funding for permanent change-of-station moves in their defense appropriations bill for fiscal 2014. Lawmakers recommended reducing the PCS budget by $151 million.

U.S. Navy ends dependence on capitalized communications

The U.S. Navy is dropping a requirement that its official communications be issued in capital letters.

 

Veterans

GOP mulls cutting COLAs to save defense funding

A key Republican said June 13 he’ll propose cutting cost-of-living adjustments for Social Security recipients and military and federal civilian retirees in an effort to find more money for defense programs.

France vows to go ahead with plans for wind farm that will ‘desecrate D-Day landing beaches’, campaigners warn

France is moving ahead with plans to ‘desecrate’ the World War Two D-Day beaches with a vast offshore wind farm.The proposed 75 turbines each 100 meters high have been branded by campaigners as ‘an insult to the memory of the thousands who died there.’

Incredible survival story of World War II seaman who went down with FOUR torpedoed ships and survived Japanese Prisoner of War camp

It is a story of survival against all the odds which ranks as one of the most extraordinary in military history.

 

Space

Shenzhou-10: Chinese capsule docks with space laboratory

A capsule carrying three Chinese astronauts has docked with the Tiangong-1 space laboratory. The procedure came two days after the crew blasted off from Inner Mongolia on a Long March 2F rocket.

Chris Hadfield retires: Beloved ISS astronaut to Leave Canadian Space Agency after 21 years

Rock star astronaut Chris Hadfield, just returned from a five-month stint in orbit, will be hanging up his spacesuit for a new adventure, the Canadian spaceflyer announced June 10.

Alien planet’s extreme orbit around red dwarf star challenges ideas about planet formation

Astronomers have found evidence of an alien planet forming surprisingly far from its host star, a discovery that could challenge the prevailing wisdom about how planets take shape.

Metal snow on Venus? Metallic frost on planet’s peaks falls from atmosphere, scientists say

Bothered by the pelting rain this hurricane season? Be thankful you don’t live on Venus, where it seems to snow heavy metal!

‘Tatooine’ planets: Life said more likely on alien worlds with two suns

Luke Skywalker would be proud. Planets like Skywalker’s fictional home of Tatooine in the “Star Wars” movie series might have more potential for habitability than planets in other systems, research suggests.

Pioneering flight of Tereshkova, first woman in space, still controversial 50 years later

It was another Soviet first in space 50 years ago, putting a woman in orbit. And the 26-year old Valentina Tereshkova carried her part with grace, shouting “Take off your hat, sky, I’m coming!” as she blasted off.

 

Technology

Solar plane leaves St. Louis after 10 days, continues on cross-country journey

After 10 days in St. Louis, the first plane that can fly day or night without fuel is on its way to Cincinnati.

 

International

U.S. plans $50 million a day no-fly zone in Syria after finding proof that government used chemical weapons against rebels

The United States has conclusive evidence that Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime has used chemical weapons against rebel forces and is now proposing a no-fly zone in the country. The use of weapons such as the nerve agent sarin crosses what President Barack Obama has called a ‘red line’ that would trigger greater American involvement in the crisis.

Could Syria ignite World War 3?

The crisis in Syria may appear to be no more or less than a civil war in a country many people would struggle to place on a map. But it’s much more than that: it is rapidly becoming a sectarian struggle for power that is bleeding across the Middle East, with the potential to engulf the entire region in a deadly power struggle between two bitterly opposed Muslim ideologies, Sunni and Shia.

United Kingdom: Britain’s top soldier warns more cuts to the Army means we will suffer on the battlefield

Britain’s chances of winning future wars will be ‘seriously damaged’ by more crippling spending cuts, the country’s top soldier has warned. General Sir Peter Wall, the head of the Army, said further savings likely to be ordered by the government could prove ‘quite dangerous, quite soon.’

United Kingdom: David Cameron: we will not make any more cuts to troops

The Prime Minister intervened after Gen Sir Peter Wall, the head of the Army, said further cuts to troops could harm Britain’s ability to fight wars.

Scotland: Scottish independence: U.K. defense secrets ‘could hit jobs’

The U.K. government has raised further doubts about the strength of the defense sector in Scotland if it becomes independent. It has warned “complications” may arise because MoD orders could be classified for “UK eyes only.”

 

Viewpoint

Alcohol abuse is fueling military sexual assault

Lately it has been awkward to be both a soldier and a woman. Civilian friends gently inquire about my welfare, always after a kindly and meaningful pause. They’ve read about the military’s problems with sexual assault, they say, and they’d like to support me if I need it.




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