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November 4, 2013

Headlines November 4, 2013

News:

Training aircraft crashes in Pensacola, 2 pilots hospitalized -

A Navy T-45C Goshawk aircraft from Training Squadron 86 crashed at approximately 10:30 this morning while making an approach to Sherman Field at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla.

 

Business:

Boeing seen in advanced talks to make 777X near Seattle -

Boeing is in advanced talks with its machinists’ union to assemble the company’s new 777X jet and build its wings in the Seattle area, several people familiar with the negotiations told Reuters.

 

Defense:

Some U.S. states, Pentagon clash over ID cards for same-sex spouses -

Several Republican-led U.S. states Nov. 1 rejected Pentagon demands that their state militias issue identity cards to same-sex spouses and accused the Obama administration of using the military as a pawn in its bid to force social change.

 

Veterans:

Family fights Navy for return of WWII remains -

A Connecticut family wants the return of the remains of a family member killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor nearly 72 years ago.

 

Space:

Earth-like habitable planets surprisingly common -

Habitable alien planets similar to Earth may not be that rare in the universe, a new study suggests. About one in five sunlike stars observed by NASA’s planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft has an Earth-size planet in the so-called habitable zone, where liquid water — and, potentially life — could exist, according to the new study. If these results apply elsewhere in the galaxy, the nearest such planet could be just 12 light-years away.

India prepares to launch Mars orbiter in space race with China -

India is preparing to launch a spacecraft to Mars Nov. 4, striving to put a probe into orbit around the red planet before China and Japan.

 

International:

United Kingdom: Carrier cost ‘could rise even higher than £6.2 billion’ -

The cost of Britain’s long-awaited new aircraft carriers could eventually top even the increased price tag of more than £6 billion, defense sources have admitted. Philip Hammond, Defence Secretary, is expected to announce later this week that the projected cost of the two carriers has risen by another £800 million to around £6.2 billion.




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Headlines August 1, 2014

News: Military downsizing leaves U.S. too weak to counter global threats, panel finds - An independent panel appointed by the Pentagon and Congress said July 31 that President Obama’s strategy for sizing the armed services is too weak for today’s global threats. Defense industry funds flow to contenders for key House chairmanships - Four of the top...
 
 

News Briefs August 1, 2014

China allows foreign reporters at news conference Foreign reporters are being allowed to attend China’s Defense Ministry briefings for the first time, marking a small milestone in the increasingly confident Chinese military’s efforts to project a more transparent image. Restrictions still apply and there is no sign of an improvement in the generally paltry amount...
 
 
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Rapid Equipping Force, PEO Soldier test targeting device at White Sands Missile Range

Army photograph by John Andrew Hamilton SFC Justin Rotti, a combat developer from the Training and Doctrine Command Fire Cell, Fires Center of Excellence, uses a developmental hand held precision targeting device during a test ...
 

 

NASA awards modification for geophysics, geodynamics, space geodesy support contract

NASA has awarded a modification to Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies Inc. of Greenbelt, Md. to continuing working the the Geophysics, Geodynamics and Space Geodesy Support Services contract. The maximum ordering value of the GGSG contract will increase to $76.8 million. The previous amount was $49.5 million. The increase in the maximum ordering value of the contract...
 
 
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Boeing, All Nippon Airways finalize order for 40 wide-body airplanes

  Boeing and All Nippon Airways July 31 finalized an order for 40 widebody airplanes – 20 777-9Xs, 14 787-9 Dreamliners and six 777-300ERs (Extended Range) – as part of the airline’s strategic long-haul fleet ren...
 
 

Excalibur Ib enters full rate production, receives $52 million award

TUCSON, Ariz., July 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Raytheon’s Excalibur Ib precision guided projectile has entered full rate production. U.S. Army approval of FRP completes Excalibur Ib’s low rate initial production phase. †Additionally, the U.S. Army has awarded Raytheon $52 million for continued Excalibur Ib production. “The full rate production decision is the culmination ...
 




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