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November 6, 2013

Headlines November 4, 2013

News:

Hagel calls for smaller force delays picking among weapons -

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is outlining his vision of a smaller, better equipped military while anticipating tough choices about some multi-billion dollar weapons systems that declining Pentagon budgets may force President Obama’s administration to make.

 

Business:

KC-46 came within 24 hours of contract breach during shutdown -

October’s government shutdown was ended before it had major impacts on Pentagon procurement programs — but for one of the Air Force’s key modernization programs, disaster was close.

United Kingdom: Shipbuilding at Portsmouth to end after more than 500 years -

Shipbuilding in Portsmouth is to end after more than 500 years, putting hundreds of jobs at risk, it emerged Nov. 6. BAE is to consult on 1,775 potential job losses, including 940 in Portsmouth and more than 800 in Scotland.

 

Defense:

Hagel: Military must play supporting role in foreign policy -

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel laid out his strategic vision for a smaller, more technologically advanced military force that will play a supporting role to foreign policy, in contrast to the last decade in which foreign policy was dominated by 9/11 and wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Sequestration could be ‘more of a ceiling than floor’ for Pentagon, analyst warns -

As the Department of Defense braces for a second year of sequestration, a budget analyst is warning the across-the-board budget cuts could be the best-case scenario for the Pentagon.

 

Veterans:

VA meets goal of hiring 800 mental health counselors -

The Veterans Affairs Department has met a goal mandated by President Obama to hire 800 veteran peer-to-peer counselors, announcing Nov. 5 it has exceeded the mandate by 15 employees.

Starbucks plans to hire 10,000 vets, military spouses -

Starbucks is the latest large company to announce a major initiative to hire veterans returning to the civilian work force.

 

Space:

There’s a traffic jam at the International Space Station -

It’s a busy week in orbit at the International Space Station. With nine astronauts set to crowd the station this week, part of its crew moved a Russian transport vehicle to a different dock to make room for the new arrivals.

India sends rocket to Mars -

India’s launch of a space craft is proof it no longer needs British aid, campaigners have claimed. Delhi’s orbiter mission – part of a £600million space program – blasted off Nov. 4 with an orbiter which will survey Mars.

 

Technology:

Scientists forced to invent monitoring system to protect dolphins from being killed by laser-guided missiles in military trials -

Scientists have been forced to invent monitoring technology to protect dolphins from being killed while swimming through military training waters, it was revealed Nov. 4. Conservationists feared the bottlenose dolphins were at risk from laser-guided missiles when their family pods swim into Ministry of Defence explosive trials at Aberporth in Cardigan Bay, Wales.

 

Technology:

Laser space communication systems will be key to future missions, NASA says -

Since the dawn of the space age, NASA probes have beamed data home to Earth using radio-frequency communication. But that’s all set to change soon. The space agency is working hard to develop laser-based space communications systems, which officials say are key to ensuring rapid and accurate transmission of information from spacecraft around the solar system.

U.S. Special Forces to be given air-conditioned Iron Man suits -

An Iron Man-style suit may soon be created to give U.S. army troops a ‘superhuman strength’ on the battlefield. U.S. Special Forces Command, Adm. William McRaven has given the go-ahead for the creation of a Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS).




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