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July 29, 2013

Headlines July 29, 2013

News:

Funding schemes in Congress could ground drones; FAA pressured over privacy

The lagging federal effort to fully integrate drones into U.S. airspace is in danger of falling even further behind schedule. A funding bill now before the Senate essentially would stop the process in its tracks by prohibiting the Federal Aviation Administration from moving forward until it completes a detailed report on drones’ potential privacy impact.

 

Business:

Learjet spy planes buoy Bombardier in defense sales bid

Bombardier Inc. built planes such as the Challenger 605 and Learjet 70 to transport company executives. Now it’s overhauling them to monitor terrorists, hunt for submarines and find sailors lost at sea.

Senior to expand Thai plant as Boeing, Airbus seek lower costs

Senior Plc, a British maker of plane parts, will expand a production facility in Thailand as biggest customers Boeing and Airbus seek lower supply chain costs and a bigger presence in emerging markets.

Boeing asks for beacon checks on up to 1,200 jets 

Boeing has asked airlines to inspect up to 1,200 aircraft across their fleets to gather data on Honeywell emergency beacons that have come under scrutiny following a fire on a parked 787 Dreamliner two weeks ago.

 

Defense:

Top Marine Gen. James Amos is accused of interfering in sex assault, desecration cases

A military judge did something extraordinary last summer when he ordered the Marine Corps‘ top officer to submit sworn statements in a sexual assault case.

Army introduces new uniform designed to accommodate women’s hips as it prepares to open more roles for female soldiers

A new combat uniform specially designed to fit the female body is now available in the U.S. army, almost a month after it was announced that all military jobs would be open to women by 2016.

 

Veterans:

John McCain’s POW cellmate at the ‘Hanoi Hilton’ and fellow Vietnam War hero dies, age 88

Col. George ‘Bud’ Day, who survived five and a half years as a prisoner of war alongside John McCain in Vietnam, died July 27 at the age of 88 in Shalimar, Fla.

Navy vet fails to make it to N. Korea war site

A decorated Korean War veteran from Massachusetts left North Korea July 29 without fulfilling his mission: to travel to the Chosin Reservoir battleground where he was hoping to locate the remains of a friend who was the Navy’s first black aviator.

 

International:

Biden says United States to push China for South China Sea code

Vice President Joe Biden said the U.S. is pushing China to negotiate quickly with Southeast Asian nations on a code of conduct for the South China Sea, an area that’s a “major, major, major highway of commerce.”

 

Viewpoint:

Sending our daughters to war

This summer, President Obama will announce detailed plans for incorporating women into the U.S. armed forces’ ground combat units. Unlike the redefinition of marriage, this alteration of one of the basic norms of civilization has passed strangely unremarked. Yet it defies both science and millennia of human experience, and it ought to prompt some real national soul searching about the roles of the sexes in national security.

United Kingdom: No time to lower our guard: The defense of this country means being ready for the unexpected

The first duty of any British government is to defend this country. For 45 years, Britain has kept a ballistic missile submarine at sea, silent and invisible, providing the ultimate guarantee of security against nuclear attack or nuclear blackmail, 24 hours a day, 365 days per year.




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Headlines October 20, 2014

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News Briefs October 20, 2014

New military medical team to help with Ebola in U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered the military to prepare and train a 30-member medical support team that could provide short-term help to civilian health professionals if there are more Ebola cases in the United States. His spokesman, Rear Adm. John Kirby, says the team...
 
 

Dragon ‘fires up’ for flight

The Air Force and NATO are undergoing a cooperative development effort to upgrade the avionics and cockpit displays of AWACS aircraft belonging to the 552nd Air Control Wing at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., and the NATO E-3 Sentrys from Geilenkirchen, Germany. The Diminishing Manufacturing Sources Replacement of Avionics for Global Operations and Navigation, otherwise...
 

 
Boeing photographs

Boeing-built X-37B successfully completes third flight

Unmanned spacecraft concludes record-setting 674-day mission   Boeing photograph A third mission of the Boeing-built X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle was completed on Oct. 17, 2014, when it landed and was recovered at Vandenberg...
 
 

Boeing concludes commercial crew space act agreement for CST-100/Atlas V

Boeing has successfully completed the final milestone of its Commercial Crew Integrated Capability Space Act Agreement with NASA. The work and testing completed under the agreement resulted in significant maturation of Boeing’s crew transportation system, including the CST-100 spacecraft and Atlas V rocket. NASA in July approved the Critical Design Review Board milestone for Boeing’...
 
 

AF to release small business research solicitations

The Air Force Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer program office is set to release its fiscal year 2015 list of topics Oct. 22, on the SBIR/STTR website.  Small businesses and research institutions with expertise to address the topics’ technology challenges are encouraged to submit proposals. During 2014, the Defense Department SBIR...
 




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