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August 7, 2013

Headlines August 7, 2013

News:

How Buck McKeon created a global drone enterprise

A U.S. lawmaker helped create the drone industry – and has reaped the benefits. A drone reportedly flew over North Dakota last year, taking pictures of a meth lab. The drone’s flight log was released in July in response to a lawsuit filed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a civil-liberties organization.

 

Business:

BAE Systems sees demand rise for hybrid electric combat vehicles

BAE Systems, Europe’s largest defense company, may upgrade its CV90 armored vehicle with a hybrid electric propulsion system as armies look to cut expenses for fuel that can be many times the price paid at a civil gas station.

 

Defense:

Cuts in DOD review are too big, experts say

The cuts are simply too big. That was the key takeaway Tuesday from a discussion of the Defense Department’s Strategic Choices and Management Review, which proposes options for the various budget scenarios DOD may face as a result of the Budget Control Act of 2011.

DOD looks for ways to scale back BAH

The Pentagon is hammering out details for potential cutbacks to Basic Allowance for Housing, a stunning change that could force nearly a million troops to pay more out-of-pocket cash for their own living expenses.

Citing tight budgets, U.S. Navy decides to scrap fire-damaged sub

The U.S. Navy said Aug. 7 it will scrap a nuclear-powered submarine damaged by an arsonist last year rather than repair it, saying the $700 million repair cost could not be justified in a time of tight budgets.

Study disputes link between combat and suicide

Combat appears to have little or no influence on suicide rates among U.S. troops and veterans, according to a military study that challenges the conventional thinking about war’s effects on the psyche.

U.S. spending $772 million on aircraft Afghans ‘cannot operate or maintain’

The chief watchdog for Afghanistan reconstruction warned in a recent audit that the Pentagon is moving forward with a $772 million purchase of aircraft that the Afghan army “cannot operate or maintain.”

 

Space:

The magnetic field of the sun is due to change its polarity before the end of 2013, reports space.com.

According to NASA-backed observatories, the event, which happens once every 11 years, will occur sometime in the next three to four months.

Pink alien planet is smallest yet photographed

Astronomers have snapped a photo of a pink alien world that’s the smallest yet exoplanet found around a star like our sun. The alien planet GJ 504b is a colder and bluer world than astronomers had anticipated and it likely has a dark magenta hue, infrared data from the Subaru Telescope in Hawaii revealed.

 

Technology:

ESA study examines Skylon space plane

A consortium of companies will try to establish the business case for a reusable space plane in a new European Space Agency funded study. The concept under investigation is Skylon, a vehicle proposed by the U.K. firm Reaction Engines Ltd.

The end of flight turbulence? Laser system could soon alert pilots to air pockets BEFORE they have a chance to jostle passengers

Turbulence in clear skies has plagued pilots for decades. It’s impossible to detect and at its worst, can cause injury to passengers. But a laser system, currently undergoing trials in Germany, could one day alert pilots to turbulence before it has a chance to hit the plane.




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