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July 19, 2013

Headlines July 19, 2013

News

More trouble for the Dreamliner

Boeing’s disaster-hit Dreamliner aircraft ran into trouble again July 18 when a Japan Airlines flight from Boston was forced to turn around and return to its destination.

Flow of U.S. military gear across Afghan borders halts amid dispute

An escalating dispute between the Afghan government and the United States over customs procedures has halted the flow of U.S. military equipment across Afghanistan’s borders, forcing commanders to rely more heavily on air transport, which has dramatically increased the cost of the drawdown, according to military officials.

 

Defense

Christian’s under siege push for more freedom of expression in military

There are famously no atheists in foxholes, but some conservatives say that the American military is not giving a fair shake to soldiers, sailors and Marines who want to practice their faith and express their beliefs more openly.

Women may be kept out of SEALs and other special ops because of sexual distraction

Women may be kept out of Special Ops due to concerns soldiers will be more interested in each other than their missions. Starting in 2016, women will be regularly assigned to combat roles, but may not be assigned to elite units such as the Navy SEALS and Army Rangers over fears by former commandos they may distract the male members of the team.

 

Veterans

Heroes’ send-off for World War Two RAF bomber crew

The remains of a Second World War RAF bomber crew were finally laid to rest in Italy July 18, 68 years after their aircraft crashed during operations. The crew of the Boston Bomber, which crashed just weeks before the end of the war, were buried with full military honours at the Padua War Cemetery in northern Italy, watched by their families.

 

Space

Life on Mars?

The atmosphere on Mars was once thicker, warmer and wetter than it is today, claims scientists, but a ‘catastrophic collision’ with a planet the size of Pluto may have caused the air to shrink.

The world’s first mission to the Moon’s south pole could take place as early as 2016

The first mission to the moon’s south pole is being planned by two private companies that want to plant telescopes on top of a lunar mountain as early as 2016. The International Lunar Observatory Association and a start-up called Moon Express have chosen the tricky location as they believe the telescopes will get a clear view of our galaxy.

 

International

Global attitudes reflect shifting U.S.-China power balance, survey concludes

People around the globe believe that China will inevitably replace the United States as the world’s leading superpower, but that doesn’t mean they like the prospect, according to a new study on global attitudes.

Inside the Ring: New naval harassment in Asia

A U.S. intelligence-gathering ship was harassed by a Chinese security ship last month in an incident that analysts say indicates Beijing is stepping up aggressive maritime encounters toward the U.S. Navy in the Asia-Pacific.

U.K. ‘ready to act’ on Syria chemical weapons, says outgoing head of British Armed Forces

Britain ‘would have to act’ to stop chemical weapons stockpiles in Syria falling into the hands of al Qaeda terrorists, the outgoing head of the Armed Forces revealed July 17.

 

Viewpoint

Military under attack: Fight to show faith impacting ‘readiness’

America’s military is under religious attack, and it’s rapidly reaching the stage where troop readiness is being compromised, said the executive vice president of the nonprofit Family Research Council.




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Headlines July 28, 2014

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News Briefs July 28, 2014

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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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