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September 30, 2013

Headlines September 30, 2013

News:

Senate approves bill to pay military during shutdown -

Senate Democrats are vowing to reject House Republicans’ last-minute bid to delay ObamaCare by attaching new amendments to a must-pass spending bill. But the Senate has accepted one Republican idea – a bill that would pay the military in the event of a shutdown. The Senate easily approved the bill Sept. 30, as the government careened toward a possible shutdown.

 

Business:

Boeing Dreamliner risks certification delay on shutdown -

Boeing’s new, bigger 787 Dreamliner and other aircraft ready to be delivered to airline customers may face certification delays because of a looming U.S. government shutdown.

Lockheed Martin, Pentagon cite improved F-35 quality work since end 2012 -

Lockheed Martin has resolved many quality problems on the $392 billion F-35 fighter jet program since a troubling audit by the Pentagon inspector general’s office last year, top U.S. government and industry officials said Sept. 30.

EADS, fearing exports will be poached, offers to help core buyers -

Europe’s Airbus pledged Sept. 30 to help address financial difficulties faced by core European buyers of its A400M airlifter, as it tries to prevent some of the countries poaching its own exports by reselling aircraft they cannot afford.

Lockheed gets $7.8 billion in contracts for 71 more F-35s -

Lockheed Martin received two more production contracts worth $7.8 billion for 71 F-35 jets, the Pentagon said Sept. 27.

Northrop Grumman gets $114 million Pentagon order for drones -

Northrop Grumman receive a $114.2 million order for the last three Global Hawk Block 30 drones the Pentagon initially tried to cancel. The Department of Defense announced the deal Sept. 27.

 

Defense:

Marine Corps whistleblower faces vengeance from superiors -

The Marine Corps officer who filed a complaint against the commandant for intervening in the Taliban urination cases against eight Marines is now the target of reprisals from superiors, his attorney says.

Pentagon chief Hagel seeks deal on U.S. forces in Afghanistan -

U..S Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Sept. 30 he hoped an accord on the future U.S. military presence in Afghanistan would be in place by November, despite President Hamid Karzai’s refusal to be rushed.

 

Space:

Number of alien planets confirmed beyond our solar system nears 1,000, data shows -

Just two decades after discovering the first world beyond our solar system, astronomers are closing in on alien planet No. 1,000. Four of the five main databases that catalog the discoveries of exoplanets now list more than 900 confirmed alien worlds, and two of them peg the tally at 986 as of Sept. 26. So the 1,000th exoplanet may be announced in a matter of days or weeks, depending on which list you prefer.

GOCE satellite will fall to Earth in October, ESA says -

A European satellite is facing a fiery doom next month, when it is expected to begin falling from space to end a successful mission to map Earth’s gravity. The spacecraft runs out of fuel in October, but exactly when and where it will fall to Earth isn’t yet known.

 

Technology:

Flying ‘factory, coming to space -

NASA is preparing to launch a 3-D printer into space next year, a potential game changer intended to reduce the need for astronauts to load up with every tool, spare part or supply.

 

International:

China, U.S. military ties grow as countries eye each other at sea -

China’s official People’s Daily newspaper lambasted the United States when it led the most recent RIMPAC naval drill, the Pacific Ocean military simulation held every other year. The 22-nation exercise reflected Washington’s bid the “contain the military rise of another country,” it said.

 

People:

Astronaut Scott Carpenter recovering from stroke, wife says -

Astronaut Scott Carpenter, the second American to orbit Earth, is recovering from a stroke. Patty Carpenter tells the Vail Daily her 88-year-old husband had a stroke last week and has been moved to a rehabilitation center. She hopes he will be up and around in a few weeks.

 

Viewpoint:

Airmen say Air Force is punishing evangelical Christians -

Evangelical Christian airmen at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, are facing severe threats and retribution for their religious beliefs and some personnel have been ordered to publicly express their position on gay marriage.




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Headlines April 23, 2014

News: U.S. conducts spy flights over Russia - After a tit-for-tat series of delays, the United States conducted an Open Skies Treaty intelligence flight over Russian territory April 21, a State Department official said.  Army paratroopers heading to Poland after Russian annexation of Crimea - U.S. Army paratroopers are arriving in Poland to begin a series of...
 
 

News Briefs April 23, 2014

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,177 As of April 22, 2014, at least 2,177 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. The AP count is one less than the Defense Department’s tally. At least...
 
 

Australia lifts F-35 order from 14 to 72 fighters

Australia announced April 23 that it had increased its order for F-35 Joint Strike Fighters by 58 to 72 to be fully operational by 2023 in a declaration of confidence in the troubled stealth war plane. The government expects the additional 58 U.S. jets, developed by Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., will cost 12.4 billion Australian...
 

 

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

News: Former Ranger breaks silence on Pat Tillman death: I may have killed him - Almost 10 years after the friendly fire death of former NFL star turned Army Ranger Pat Tillman, a fellow ranger admits that he may have been the one who fired the fatal shot.   Business: Ship study should favor existing designs -...
 
 

News Briefs April 21, 2014

Navy OKs changes for submariners’ sleep schedules The U.S. Navy has endorsed changes to submarine sailors’ schedules based on research into sleep patterns by a military laboratory in Connecticut. With no sunlight to set day apart from night on a submarine, the Navy for decades has staggered sailors’ working hours on schedules with little resemblance...
 




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