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September 4, 2013

Headlines September 4, 2013

News:

Senate panel votes to authorize force in Syria

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved a resolution Sept. 4 authorizing a limited U.S. military intervention in Syria, setting the stage for a debate in the full Senate next week on the use of military force. The committee voted 10-7 in favor of a compromise resolution that sets a 60-day limit on any engagement in Syria and bars the use of U.S. troops on the ground for combat operations.

 

Veterans:

VA to give benefits to same-sex spouses

The Veterans Affairs Department will begin recognizing same-sex spouses, giving gay veterans access to benefits that were previously limited to heterosexual couples, the Obama administration announced Sept. 4.

Special courts for veterans expanding across the U.S.

Former National Guardsman Paul Piscitelli is in Philadelphia Municipal Court to answer to drug and theft charges. Elijah Peters, who served in the Army in Afghanistan and Iraq, was arrested twice for assault. Like all the defendants appearing before Judge Patrick Dugan on a recent Wednesday, Piscitelli and Peters are veterans who chose to have their cases handled in a special court established for those once in the military.

 

Technology:

Could NASA astronauts one day watch HD TV in DEEP SPACE

Deep space can be a lonely place. But what if astronauts could beam their favorite HD videos from Earth? Or create their own 3D films for us to see? That’s exactly what NASA hopes to achieve by testing a system that could replace primitive radio transmissions, which are currently used in space, with laser-based communication.

 

International:

‘Unreliable’ British officers left out of U.S. meetings on Syria

Military sources have claimed that the role of senior British officers at the U.S. Central Command in Tampa, Florida, has been downgraded because their American counterparts believe that they cannot be trusted with high-level intelligence about a conflict with which they are not involved. Roughly 30 British personnel have been working alongside the Americans and French and have been involved war planning for a number of weeks, including fine-tuning a list of targets and orchestrating military assets.

United Kingdom: Navy carriers without radar cover

The Royal Navy’s new aircraft carriers could set sail without a crucial radar which warns commanders of incoming enemy warplanes and missiles. A damning report by MPs reveals the Crowsnest early warning system will not be ready until six years after the first of the £5.5 billion Queen Elizabeth-class warships enters service in 2016.

United Kingdom: ‘Basic’ accounting errors such as not allowing for VAT led to MoD officials wasting millions on wrong carrier aircraft

MPs on the Public Accounts Committee also warned that Britain’s aircraft carrier program faces further spiraling costs and the project remains a “high risk” because significant technical problems have not been resolved and there is potential for “uncontrolled growth” in the final bill. Officials at the Ministry of Defence were strongly criticized for rushing into a decision to change the type of aircraft to be flown from the carriers, ahead of the defense spending review in 2010.

 

Viewpoint:

Syria and the myth that Americans are ‘war weary’

Perhaps the most misleading phrase in the debate over Syria is “war weary.” Americans, say commentators and politicians across the political spectrum, are exhausted by a decade of fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, with sideshows in Libya and Yemen. Now Syria? Where does it stop? Americans must be weary.




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Headlines April 23, 2014

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News Briefs April 23, 2014

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Australia lifts F-35 order from 14 to 72 fighters

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Textron eliminating 750 Cessna, Beechcraft jobs

Just over a month after buying Beechcraft for $1.4 billion, Textron announced 750 job cuts at that company and at its Cessna division. The layoffs will occur over the next 60 days. Both aircraft makers are based in Wichita, Kansas, and Textron says about 575 of the affected jobs are based in Kansas. Management and...
 
 

Headlines April 21, 2014

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News Briefs April 21, 2014

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