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August 2, 2013

Headlines August 2, 2013

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Canceling F-5 said to be among Pentagon options

Canceling the $391.2 billion program to build Lockheed Martin’s F-35 fighter jet is among options the Pentagon listed in its “strategic review of choices if forced to live with automatic budget cuts, according to people familiar with Defense Department briefings.

Pentagon to investigate allegations of waste, fraud, abuse in Joint POW-MIA Accounting Command

The Pentagon is investigating alleged waste and misuse of taxpayer dollars by a military-led unit responsible for finding, recovering and identifying U.S. service members missing in action from past conflicts.

 

Business

Lockheed Martin’s F-35 faces ‘significant challenges,’ panel says

The Senate committee that approves defense spending said in a report Aug. 1 that “significant challenges remain” for Lockheed Martin’s F-35 even as progress is made.

BAE Systems looks to Saudi deal

Despite cuts to military budgets around the world, yesterday’s update from BAE Systems gave investors more confidence in its outlook. However, the outcome of discussions with Saudi Arabia over Typhoon fighters is vital if it is meet new full–year guidance.

Small defense contractors rebound as budget concerns fade

In five months leading up to the automatic U.S. budget cuts that unnerved defense industry executives, Kratos Defense & Security Solutions’ stock price plunged 29 percent. Since March 1, San Diego-based Kratos has surged 59 percent.

Finmeccanica confirms fiscal year targets after second quarter net loss

Finmeccanica reaffirmed July 31 its 2013 targets after posting a second quarter net loss of $92 million due to a provision on a Belgium train order and higher costs to restructure its defense electronics unit Selex ES.

 

Defense

Pentagon officials press Congress for more time on budget cuts

A day after the Pentagon outlined the stark choices it confronts due to looming budget cuts in coming years, top defense officials pressed Congress to give them more time and flexibility to make the reductions without undermining security.

Senators join push toward a common combat uniform

The powerful Senate Appropriations Committee has joined the campaign to get the services to share a common combat uniform, including a provision in a 2014 defense funding bill that would put an immediate end to the development and fielding of service-unique utility uniforms.

 

Veterans

DOD silent on major changes to Tricare Prime

More than 170,000 retired military personnel and their family members face significant changes to their medical care on Oct. 1, yet the Pentagon has been strangely silent on the coming changes, sending out just one notification letter earlier this year that contained scant details.

July saw slight bump up in veterans jobless rate

The unemployment rate for veterans edged up in July in an economy that grew 162,000 jobs, the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Aug. 2.

Veteran disqualification a ‘regrettable mistake,’ but BVA official denies whistleblower retaliation

A Bonneville Power Administration official acknowledged Thursday that the federal hydropower agency made a “regrettable mistake” when it wrongly disqualified some veterans from hiring preferences, but she insisted that officials did not retaliate against whistleblowers who brought the situation to light.

Incredible footage reveals how French World War Two prisoners secretly filmed life in their POW camp

Their crude camera was smuggled into the camp in sausages and carefully hidden away in a hollowed out dictionary. The precious 8mm film stored in the soles of their home made shoes. Had they been discovered it would have likely meant a firing squad.

 

Space

Astronaut describes the terrifying moment his helmet began to fill with water

An astronaut has described the moment he realized his pressurized helmet began to fill with water, covering his eyes, ears and nose, while he was carrying out a mission at the International Space Station. Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano was at the beginning of a six-and-a-half hour spacewalk with U.S. colleague Chris Cassidy when cooling water began streaming from the air vent in his space suit and into his helmet.




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Headlines August 18, 2014

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News Briefs August 20, 2014

Trials complete on fourth Coast Guard cutter Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Miss., has completed acceptance sea trials for the company’s fourth U.S. Coast Guard national security cutter, Hamilton. Jim French, Ingalls’ NSC program manager, tells The Mississippi Press) the Hamilton is scheduled to be delivered next month and commissioned on Dec. 6 in Charleston, South...
 
 
Northrop Grumman image

Northrop Grumman developing XS-1 experimental spaceplane design for DARPA

Northrop Grumman image Northrop Grumman Corporation with Scaled Composites and Virgin Galactic is developing a preliminary design for DARPA’s Experimental Spaceplane XS-1, shown here in an artist’s concept. In addit...
 

 

82 F-16Ds removed from flight status due to longeron cracks

WASHINGTON – U.S. Air Force officials recently removed 82 two-seat F-16D Fighting Falcons from flight status due to the discovery of canopy sill longeron cracks found between the front and rear pilot seats. The cracks were discovered following an immediate action time compliance technical order, or TCTO, to inspect all F-16D due to initial structural...
 
 

News Briefs August 18, 2014

New U.S. strikes in Iraq include land-based bombers The latest round of U.S. airstrikes in Iraq against the Islamic State extremist group includes the first reported use of land-based bombers in the military campaign. U.S. Central Command says a combination of bombers, fighter jets, attack planes and unmanned drones hit targets near Iraq’s largest dam...
 
 

Headlines August 18, 2014

News NATO would respond militarily to Crimea-style infiltration: general If Russia tries to infiltrate troops into a NATO country, even out of official military uniform as it did before it annexed Ukraine’s Crimea, NATO will respond militarily, the alliance’s top commander said in an interview published Aug. 17. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/08/17/us-ukraine-crisis-breedlove-i...
 




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