Worldwide arms exports are surging. They’re up nearly 30 percent since 2008, according to a new report from defense analyst IHS Jane’s. Weapons exports totaled $73 billion in 2012, up from $57 billion four years earlier. Total worldwide defense spending in 2012 was $1.6 trillion.
A U.S. watchdog has advised the Pentagon to ground plans to spend $780m on 48 aircraft for the Afghan military, as their pilots lack expertise.
In axing a dozen combat brigades in the face of steep spending cuts and the wind-down of two wars, the Army says it is trying to ease the sting by spreading it around.
“It could be any day, but it could also be several more years.” Ed Stone cannot say when the Voyager-1 spacecraft will leave the solar system, but he believes the moment is close.