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August 19, 2013

Headlines August 19, 2013

News:

U.S., China to expand military exchanges amid rows over cyber security, territory

The United States and China agreed Aug. 19 to expand military exchanges and exercises as part of efforts to build more stable ties, despite tensions over cyber security and East Asian territorial disputes.

 

Business:

South Korea targets growing Asian defense market with fighter jets

South Korea, renowned for making high-tech consumer devices, cars and ships, now has its sights on exporting fighter jets amid a projected sharp increase for military weapons in Asia over the next decade.

 

Defense:

Pentagon develops robot to deal with natural disasters

ATLAS, the latest humanoid robot developed by the Pentagon, is already in operation but much remains to be done in the quest to develop a machine that can respond to natural disasters in places where human beings cannot go.

 

Veterans:

Incredible journey of U.S. airman’s aviator ring

After a year and a half behind barbed wire as a prisoner in World War II, 2nd Lt. David C. Cox had just about reached his breaking point. Deliveries of Red Cross parcels to Stalag VII-A had all but ceased, and the U.S. Army bomber co-pilot and his fellow POWs were subsisting on scant rations of bug-infested soup and bread. Outside the wire, Adolf Hitler’s forces showed no signs of giving up.

 

Space:

India puts off re-launch of failed satellite

Indian space authorities have called off plans to re-launch a communications satellite barely an hour before it was to lift-off. A 29-hour countdown for the launch had begun Aug. 18 at the launch pad in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh.

My ticket into space looks cheap, price soars to $250,000

Three years ago I bought a $200,000 ticket to fly into space aboard Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic. I chose the “poor man’s” option, which requires only a 10 percent deposit. Three months before I fly, I will raid my 401(k) for the remaining $180,000 balance.

Eclipse of Mars’ moons

NASA’s Curiosity rover has captured the passing of Mars’ two miniature moons in a fascinating photo sequence taken from the surface of the red planet. The eclipse of the moons – Phobos and Deimos – was captured for the first time from Mars using Curiosity’s telephoto-lens camera and it is so detailed that craters are visible.

 

Technology:

Forget the Hyperloop, brace for supersonic travel

Space X and Tesla founder Elon Musk seems pretty optimistic a train will one day be able to travel at mach speeds for short distances, but what about those longer trips that take many hours?

Canadian military tests $620,000 stealth snowmobile

The Canadian military is secretly testing a stealth snowmobile in its northern territories to enable troops to covertly operate in Arctic conditions. Soldiers are testing the speed, acceleration, noise and battery endurance of the $620,000 machines, designed to be a silent hybrid-electric version of the existing gas-powered transporters.

 

International:

Milestone in Afghan withdrawal as British HQ leaves Lashkar Gah

The headquarters of Taskforce Helmand, Britain’s combat forces fighting in the southern province, have been moved to the sprawling base from the town of Lashkar Gah, where they have been based since early 2006.

United Kingdom: Elite forces in secret raids against Taliban bomb-makers

An officer of the unit, known as the Special Forces Support Group (SFSG), disclosed details of the raids in an Army magazine, commenting that close-up killing is “exactly what we all joined up to do”.

United Kingdom: Army infantry units to be slashed

Each of  31 infantry battalions – the most important fighting unit – will lose up to 70 soldiers, to create equal-sized units of 520 servicemen and women.  Elite units such as the Parachute Regiment and Guards Division will be hit.




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