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October 21, 2013

Headlines October 21, 2013

News:

Families suspect SEAL Team 6 crash was inside job on worst day in Afghanistan -

Questions haunt the families of Extortion 17, the 2011 helicopter mission in Afghanistan that suffered the most U.S. military deaths in a single day in the war on terrorism.

 

Business:

Honeywell third quarter profit improves as sales climb -

Honeywell International reported a 4.2 percent jump in profits for the third quarter, as a performance-materials acquisition offset weakness in the company’s defense unit.

Raytheon interceptor’s quality controls under U.S. review -

The Pentagon’s inspector general has begun a quality review of Raytheon’s manufacturing of the primary interceptor used in the U.S. ballistic missile defense system.

Beechcraft owners said to be approaching potential bidder -

Beechcraft Corp., the U.S. plane maker whose aircraft have trained military pilots since World War II, is for sale again, people with knowledge of the matter said.

Bombardier says CSeries talks have progressed since first flight -

Bombardier’s efforts to sell additional Cseries jetliners have progressed since the plane took to the skies for the first time last month, one of the company’s top marketing executives said.

Parker Hannifin raises profit forecast after order growth -

Parker Hannifin reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit and raised its full-year earnings forecast as orders rose for its control systems used in manufacturing and transport.

Boeing says still engaged with South Korea on F-15 sale -

Boeing is still very much engaged with South Korea over the possible sale of F-15 fighter jets, despite Seoul’s move last month to restart a multibillion dollar tender process, a senior Boeing executive said Oct. 17.

 

Defense:

With U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, American military gear sold as scrap -

The armored trucks, televisions, ice cream scoops and nearly everything else shipped here for America’s war against the Taliban are now part of the world’s biggest garage sale. Every week, as the U.S. troop drawdown accelerates, the United States is selling 12 million to 14 million pounds of its equipment on the Afghan market.

Budget cuts, barriers slow U.S. military space shakeup -

The U.S. Air Force has talked for years about attracting more companies to the military satellite business to stir competition and cut costs. But progress has been halting at best.

Pentagon shifting Afghan logistics hub to Romania -

The Pentagon said Oct. 18 it has begun shifting its Afghanistan air logistics hub to a base in Romania and will complete the transition from Manas Transti Center in Kyrgyzstan by the time its contract for that facility expires in July 2014.

Trainer simulates KC-135 refueling -

Over the past year, top Air Force officials have been adamant that the future of training lies in moving more pilot hours to simulators. Their goal is to take advantage of technological improvements and save money.

 

Veterans:

Military burn pit claims in limbo -

Timothy Lowery went to Iraq in 2007. He came home in 2010, and started showing symptoms of ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Three years later, he was dead.

Vets join fight to find, capture child predators -

Recruiting former troops to a new fight, the Homeland Security Department swore in its inaugural class of military veterans Oct. 18 to be special operatives trained to track down child pornographers and sex abusers.

Google cameras capture a walk through Arlington National Cemetery -

The walk through Arlington National Cemetery on a beautiful October day was being captured by Google for anyone to experience with a few keystrokes or the swipe of a smartphone screen.

 

Space:

Mars rover proves some Earth meteorites are indeed Martian -

Some pieces of rock that fell to Earth from space are indeed from Mars, new measurements reveal.

‘Tilted’ solar system discovered by NASA’s Kepler spacecraft -

Observations from NASA’s Kepler spacecraft have uncovered a ’tilted’ solar system, a finding that gives clues as to how some planets come to orbit their stars on paths that are misaligned with the stars’ equators, astronomers report Oct. 18 in Science.

Big asteroid to buzz Earth in 2032 but unlikely to hit planet, NASA says -

NASA says a big asteroid that whizzed by Earth last month unnoticed is probably nothing to worry about when it returns much closer in 19 years. NASA Near-Earth Object program manager Donald Yeomans said there is a 1 in 48,000 chance that the 1,300-foot asteroid will hit Earth when it comes back on Aug. 26, 2032.




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