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November 8, 2013

Headlines November 8, 2013

Business:

Machinists leader slams Boeing’s 777X contract proposal, says he’ll seek to halt vote -

The leader of Boeing machinists told hundreds of union workers Nov. 7 that he will see whether he can stop a vote on a proposed new eight-year contract agreement that Boeing says will determine whether much of its new 777X jet is built in the Puget Sound area, a newspaper reports.

Rolls-Royce raises military engines outlook as marine retreats -

Rolls-Royce Holdings Plc, the worldís second largest maker of commercial jet engines, raised the earnings target for its defense aerospace unit after booking more contracts from the U.S. government.

Airbus extends order lead over Boeing, lags deliveries -

Europe’s Airbus extended its lead over Boeing in a hard-fought order contest in October, but remained behind on deliveries, leaving its U.S. rival in the industry’s number one spot.

 

Defense:

Senator says U.S. may be paying billions extra for parts -

A Senate committee chairman has demanded the Pentagon explain four audits – two involving Boeing – that he says shows the Department of Defense may by paying billions of dollars extra for spare parts.

Military warns Congress: Defense cuts will compromise armed services’ abilities -

The nation’s top military officers are warning that automatic budget cuts will compromise the armed services’ ability to defend the U.S. and could cause higher casualties. The chiefs of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines are telling Congress the cuts will force reductions in manpower, training and weapons purchases.

Pentagon pushes 680 green projects, despite money woes -

The Defense Department may be facing significant funding cuts, but not to its green energy program. Fully 680 renewable-energy projects are still moving forward as part of President Obamaís vision of a military thatís run on clean fuel, despite the spending cutbacks and budget trims that have begun impacting military operations.

Pentagon: Reports of sexual assaults up 46 percent -

Reports of sexual assaults in the military increased by an unprecedented 46†percent in the past fiscal year, the Pentagon said Nov. 7.

Modern Navy presents cybersecurity problems, both on land and at sea -

Combining mechanical and combat systems into an integrated network aboard U.S. warships presents cybersecurity challenges, but thereís no evidence that a Navy ship has ever been hacked, according to one of the Navyís top cybersecurity officials.

 

Veterans:

Shinseki: VA turning corner on claims backlog -

The Veterans Affairs Department is starting to sense victory in its long battle to eliminate the frustrating and nagging backlog of benefits claims.

The cost of war, American-style -

The last time I saw American soldiers in Afghanistan, they were silent. Knocked out by gunfire and explosions that left them grievously injured, as well as drugs administered by medics in the field, they were carried from medevac helicopters into a base hospital to be plugged into machines that would measure how much life they had left to save. They were bloody.† They were missing pieces of themselves. They were quiet.

Diary of the damned: Never seen before, a lost diary of the Great War -

After volunteering as an Army private following the outbreak of World War I in 1914, former grammar-school boy Harry Drinkwater, 25, joined a Pals battalion; so-called because the men were encouraged to join up with local friends and work colleagues.

 

Space:

Six-tailed asteroid spotted by Hubble Space Telescope -

An asteroid zinging through space with six comet-like tails has been spotted by astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope. Astronomers told Reuters Nov. 7 that the asteroid, known as P/2013 P5, is creating a dust stream that looks like bicycle spokes. Asteroids usually do not have tails, noted Reuters.

Lunar craters covering Moon’s near side are bigger than far side -

When the Soviet probe Luna 3 sent back the first shots of the dark side of the Moon, they showed that it was noticeably more pockmarked by craters than the near side. The nearside crust, by contrast, had more large, shallow basins. More than 50 years after those images first baffled researchers, a study published Nov. 8 in Science explains the observations.

 

International:

South Korea would get F-35s with full combat capability -

If South Korea decides to order Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jets for delivery in 2017, the aircraft would come with the software needed to carry a full load of weapons, Lockheed and the Pentagon’s F-35 program office said Nov. 7, refuting a claim made earlier this week by a Boeing consultant.

Inside the Ring: North Korean missiles deemed a serious threat to U.S. -

The commander of U.S. military forces in the Pacific said this week that North Korea’s KN-08 missile – a new road-mobile, intercontinental-range weapon – is a serious threat with the potential to hit the United States with a nuclear warhead.

 

Viewpoint:

Keep America at peace: Keep the Pentagon sequester -

Folks who think that (at the very least) we should be allowed to experience a few years of peace before launching the next military adventure are on the cusp of a major victory in Washington. All we have to do to win this historic victory is maintain the “sequester” cuts to the Pentagon budget that are already planned in existing law.

Why the White House won’t win the Afghanistan war -

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry desperately needs a win on the Afghanistan war. Unfortunately, however, it appears increasingly unlikely he will get one.




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Boeing photograph

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Air Force photograph by Jacqueline Cowan

F135 test demonstrates success of AEDC workshare initiative

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U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Kevin J. Gruenwald

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Lockheed Martin photograph

Navy gears up to order production of 29 aircraft diagnostic systems

Lockheed Martin photograph Petty Officers Third Class Ira Schwartz assigned to Fleet Readiness Center Southeast at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla., left, and Devin Riley from Fleet Readiness Center Mid-Atlantic at Naval Ai...
 




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