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July 15, 2013

Headlines July 15, 2013

Business

Boeing forced to play waiting game in Dreamliner fire probe

Planemaker Boeing, desperate to reassure customers that its flagship Dreamliner plane is safe, may have to wait several days for the first signs of what caused a fire at London’s Heathrow Airport July 12.

 

Defense

Lockheed F-35 may stay protected, Pentagon’s buyer says

Lockheed Martin’s F-35 fighter may be protected from major cuts even if $52 billion in automatic reductions are imposed on the defense budget in the year starting Oct. 1, according to the Pentagon’s chief weapons buyer.

Battery problem eyed as cause of U.S .missile defense failure

A failed U.S. missile defense test last week may be linked to a faulty battery that prevented an interceptor from separating from the rest of the rocket, an industry source said citing initial findings of an investigation.

The battle over Global Hawk

June is the start of the rainy season in the South Pacific, six months of storms that come in fast and unpredictable. And when the wind starts blowing, that takes its toll on U.S. intelligence-gathering far off in North Korea.

Brigade shuffle to save $400 million in construction

Money for military construction will be cut $600 million in the coming year, but Army cuts will run far deeper. While the Navy gets a $200 million boost and the Air Force will see a $700 million bump, the total force Army will see a cut of more than $1.2 billion.

 

International

Allies begin diplomatic moves to bring home detainees after new push to shut Guantanamo prison

President Barack Obama’s renewed push to close the Guantanamo Bay prison for terrorism suspects has given a glimmer of hope to foreign governments that he will fulfill that promise and triggered diplomatic maneuvering from U.S. allies eager to bring home long-held detainees.

Saudi ballistic missiles said to target Iran, Israel

Saudi Arabia has a covert missile base deep in the desert with capabilities of striking Iran and Israel, according to images analyzed by experts at the British publication IHS Jane’s Intelligence Review.

 

United Kingdom

Trident should not be cut at time of ‘growing threats’, David Cameron warns

Under proposals supported by the Liberal Democrats, the number of Vanguard submarines equipped with nuclear missiles could be halved. The cuts would leave Britain without a nuclear deterrent for 10 months of the year.




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Headlines January 30, 2015

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News Briefs January 30, 2015

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Headlines January 28, 2015

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News Briefs January 28, 2015

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Headlines January 26, 2015

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