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September 23, 2013

Headlines September 23, 2013

Business:

Sikorsky S-97 Raider begins final assembly -

Sikorsky will begin final assembly of its S-97 Raider helicopter prototype this week, according to company officials. That puts the helicopter manufacturer, which is competing for the Army’s Armed Aerial Scout program, on track for a first flight at the end of 2014.

 

Defense:

No mid-October paycheck for troops if government shuts down, lawmaker says -

With one week to go before a potential partial government shutdown, a key Republican lawmaker is warning troops to be financially prepared for the possibility of not getting a mid-October paycheck.

DOD orders employees to prepare for shutdown -

The Pentagon is bracing for a government-wide shut down that would potentially force troops to work without a paycheck and send thousands of civilians home until Congress reaches a new budget agreement.

NCOs could fill officer jobs to save money -

Looking for new ways to cut costs, the Air Force may allow senior noncommissioned officers to fill jobs that are currently open only to officers, said Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh.

 

Space:

Why space telescope mirror is most complex ever built -

“You will not be touching anything.” It is clear from the tone of the technicianís voice that this is a command, rather than a suggestion, and that it requires a response. “No,” I reply emphatically, “I will not be touching anything.”

 

International:

United Kingdom: Army proposes keeping 200 troops in Helmand after 2014 -

The proposal is the first official acknowledgment that Britain could keep forces in the province where nearly 450 troops have died in seven years of fighting. Senior commanders are concerned the fledgling Afghan army will not be ready to face the Taliban on its own by the end of next year and a total pullout from Helmand risks squandering years of hard work.

United Kingdom: Hard-up RAF flies second-hand jets in U.S. Air Force colors to save £3 million cost of repainting them in British colors -

The RAF’s new £650 milion fleet of second-hand spy planes will fly in U.S. colors because defense bosses say it is not cost effective to repaint them. Instead of the air force’s uniform light grey, the three RC-135 Rivet Joint aircraft, which were bought from the U.S., will keep their design of a white top, black nose and grey underside.

China may be hiring hackers to access US drone technology -

The Chinese government is aggressively pursuing U.S. leadership in drone technology and even possibly enlisting hackers to access American classified information.

 




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