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September 25, 2013

Headlines September 25, 2013

News:

U.S. command in Afghanistan gives Army 60 days to fix or replace intel network –

The Pentagon’s main battlefield intelligence network in Afghanistan is vulnerable to hackers — both the enemy or a leaker — and the U.S. command in Kabul will cut it off from the military’s classified data files unless the Army fixes the defects within 60 days, according to an official memo obtained by The Washington Times.

U.S. moves drone fleet from Camp Lemonnier to ease Djibouti’s safety concerns –

The U.S. military has been forced to relocate a large fleet of drones from a key counterterrorism base on the Horn of Africa after a string of crashes fanned local fears that the unmanned aircraft were at risk of colliding with passenger planes, according to documents and interviews.

 

Business:

Northrop boosts spending as Congress stands by its drone –

Northrop Grumman tripled its political giving and increased spending on lobbying as it fended off Obama Administration efforts to cut spending for a version of its Global Hawk surveillance drone.

Lockheed F-35 quality failings cited by inspector general –

The Pentagon’s inspector general has flagged hundreds of deficiencies and corrective actions need for Lockheed Martin’s F-35, the military’s costliest program.

EADS seeks edge in South Korean fighter jet contest against U.S. –

European Aeronautic, Defence and Space plans to improve its bid to sell 60 Eurofighter Typhoons to South Kroea, and top Boeing and Lockheed Martin when a competition for the combat jets is reopened.

Lockheed eyes dozens of orders for F-35 jets in coming months –

Lockheed Martin, nearing completion of its 100th F-35 fighter jet, anticipates dozens of international orders or commitments for the new radar evading warplane in coming months, according to U.S. government officials and industry executives.

 

Defense:

Report calls on the Air Force to cut active duty, F-35 purchases –

A think tank’s 27-point plan to cut defense costs calls for the Air Force to move hundreds of fighters out of active duty, and slow its rate of F-35 purchases to protect other parts of the service’s fleet. And the report has a familiar signature: retired Gen. Norton Schwartz, the former Air Force chief of staff.

Army intends to tighten rules on permissible tattoos for soldiers –

The Army intends to tighten its restrictions on soldiers’ tattoos. Under a proposed rule change, new recruits would not be allowed tattoos visible below the elbow or knee or above the neckline. Current soldiers would be permitted to keep any tattoos not deemed racist, sexist or extremist.

 

Space:

Is the moon YOUNGER than we thought? –

The moon just got younger – by a few hundred million years. Scientists now claim that the moon is around 4.4 and 4.45 billion years old, rather than the 4.56 billion years previously thought.

 

Technology:

Look, no pilot! F-16 takes its first flight without a human –

The U.S. Air Force’s F-16 fighter jets are a common sight above Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida. But this week one roared into the sky with a major difference: there was no pilot in the cockpit. The unmanned test flight was a retired F-16 retrofitted by maker Boeing as a drone – the first time one of the jets has flown without a pilot, the company said.

 

International:

Theft of U.S. weapons in Libya involved hundreds of guns, sources say –

The recent theft of massive amounts of highly sensitive U.S. military equipment from Libya is far worse than previously thought, Fox News has learned, with raiders swiping hundreds of weapons that are now in the hands of militia groups aligned with terror organizations and the Muslim Brotherhood.

Delivery date for Chinese first homegrown jet airliner delayed, again, until mid-2014 –

The delivery date of China’s long-delayed first commercial jet airliner has been pushed back again, the manufacturer said Sept. 25, the latest setback for China’s ambitions to challenge market leaders Boeing and Airbus. Originally promised for 2007, the plane was most recently expected late this year, but Comac Chairman Jin Zhuanglong said it will now be ready in mid-2014.\




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