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July 12, 2013

Headlines July 12, 2013

News

Lawmaker proposes bill to exempt Defense civilians from furloughs

A Democratic congressman has introduced legislation to prohibit furloughs for civilian Defense employees, who face one of the heaviest burdens among federal workers under the government-wide spending cuts known as the sequester.

Business

Lockheed, Italy cancel ceremony at Italian F-35 plant

Lockheed Martin and the Italian military this week scrapped plans for a public ceremony marking the opening of an assembly plant for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter after bitter debate about the warplanes in Italy’s parliament.

Defense

Seven frigates on list of fiscal 2014 decommissionings

Seven frigates, a minesweeper, an attack submarine and an amphibious transport dock are among the 12 ships slated to be retired in the upcoming fiscal year, the Navy said in the annual decommissioning message, released July 10.

Missile defense team in a slump

Despite the failure of a missile defense test last week, the Pentagon says it has faith in the missile defense system being deployed out west to thwart any incoming from the North Koreans.

Air Force should use private space firms as model

The Air Force of the future should look a little more like SpaceX and other small, private space exploration companies, according to a recent report from the serviceís chief scientist.

Veterans

Korea veterans march on ‘forgotten war’s’ 60th anniversary

Hundreds of Korean War veterans march through London, before attending a service of thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey, to mark 60 years since the “forgotten war.

Cartoons and jokes that kept British soldiers sane

Secret magazines written by British soldiers held in a Japanese prisoner of war camp have been discovered after more than 60 years hidden in an attic. The ‘Jungle Journals’ were produced by inmates to lift fellow soldiersí morale as they struggled to survive the horrific conditions in the labor camps during the Second World War.

Space

Hubble telescope discovers another blue planet that looks just like ours

The Hubble Space Telescope has determined the true colour of an alien planet for the first time – a dazzling blue. Astronomers using the NASA/ESA telescope said that the planet, known as HD 189733b, is a deep cobalt blue, much like Earth. But that’s where the similarities end.

NASA to launch new Mars rover in 2020

Now that scientists have found evidence that water once flowed on Mars, NASA is planning an ambitious mission for 2020 that will attempt to find evidence that signs of ancient life have been preserved on the planet.

Democrats propose national park on Moon

Two House Democrats have proposed a bill to create a national historical park on the surface of the moon to commemorate the Apollo moon landings.

Technology

British space penetrator passes icy test

U.K. engineers have tested a projectile technology that they believe could be used to explore the Solar System. The steel penetrator was fired at a 10-tonne cube of ice to simulate the surface of Jupiter’s moon Europa.

International

Frightening Pentagon report warns that China, North Korea and Iran will soon be armed with nuclear missiles capable of striking the United States

A sobering assessment of the nuclear threat the United States faces over the next decade has been published – which has been jumped upon by supporters of the beleaguered missile defense shield. The Pentagon report states that China, Iran and North Korea are aggressively developing nuclear missiles capable of striking the United States and proliferation among these nations of technology is rife.

Trident nuclear base on banks of the Clyde ‘could be designated as UK territory’ if Scotland votes for independence

The nuclear deterrent base in Scotland would be designated as sovereign United Kingdom territory under plans drawn up by the Ministry of Defence. The move comes amid warnings of the ëenormousí costs of trying to relocate the Trident missile system away from Faslane if Scotland breaks away from the rest of the U.K.




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