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November 13, 2013

Headlines November 13, 2013

News:

U.S. carrier group to arrive in Philippines -

The USS George Washington arrives Nov. 13 in the typhoon-hit central Philippines to help bring aid to many remain who remain desperate for food and other basic necessities.

 

Business:

Jay Inslee signs Boeing incentive bills -

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee gave final approval Nov. 11 to a package of tax breaks for Boeing in hopes of landing the company’s new 777X, signing legislation at Seattle’s Museum of Flight at Boeing Field.

GE printing engine fuel nozzles propels $6 billion market -

General Electric is on the hunt for ways to build more than 85,000 fuel nozzles for its newest jet engine. Instead of assembling them from 20 different parts, it plans to create the units in one piece – with 3D printers.

Cobham warns U.S. defense cuts are hurting equipment sales -

British defense and aerospace supplier Cobham lowered its sales forecast for 2014, becoming the latest company to warn shareholders over the impact of U.S. budget cuts.

Mitsubishi proposed to build 777X wings in Japan -

Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy has suggested a cost saving way to build the wings of Boeing’s newest jet that could offer the plane maker a “Plan B” should its own workers reject a labor deal.

Boeing, Washington machinists may find compromise on 777X -

Boeing’s biggest union rallied against a proposed labor contract Nov. 11, calling the offer “destructive and divisive” and vowing to reject it at the ballot box Nov. 13.

 

Defense:

Two Navy admirals suspended amid mushrooming bribery, prostitution scandal -

The Navy has suspended two admirals in a broadening bribery scandal that already has ensnared three senior naval officials. Involving charges of prostitution and payoffs, the scandal is the U.S. military’s highest-profile case of officer misconduct this year — part of a trend that has caused deep concern among Pentagon officials.

Navy rocked by scandal involving prostitutes, payoffs -

The U.S. Navy is reeling from a bribery scandal featuring prostitutes and payoffs for classified details on fleet movements, amid concerns the spiraling investigation will ensnare more senior officers.

Pentagon: Service member suicides down this year -

The rate of military suicides have dropped by 22 percent this year, giving defense officials cautious hope that preventive efforts are working. So far this year, 245 service members have committed suicide. At the same time last year, there had been 316, according to figures obtained by the Associated Press.

Heaven help them: Army intelligence needs a good ‘cloud’ to save lives -

The U.S. military’s main battlefield intelligence processor, so crucial to the war in Afghanistan, still lacks an element common to civilian computer networks — a cloud.

Pentagon awards drop as shutdown intensifies U.S. cuts -

Pentagon contracts plunged 66 percent to $15.7 billion last month, the lowest level since January, driven by automatic U.S. spending cuts and a partial government shutdown.

 

Veterans:

Despite Obama’s rosy assessment, veterans still wait an average of 300 days for benefits -

Despite rosy platitudes from President Obama on Veterans Day, more than 700,000 former servicemen and women remain waiting for medical benefits owed to them because of a backlogged system that takes an average of 300 days to navigate.

Final toast to World War II’s Doolittle Raiders: ‘Peace’ -

Known as the Doolittle Raiders, the 80 men who risked their lives on a World War II bombing mission on Japan after the attack on Pearl Harbor were toasted one last time by their surviving comrades and honored with a Veterans Day weekend of fanfare shared by thousands.

Faces of the Vietnam War -

For 30 years a campaign group has been tirelessly gathering photographs of the 58,286 American servicemen and women who died during the Vietnam War. Based in Washington, D.C., the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund was set up by a group of veterans who wanted to create a memorial from the American people for those who lost their lives during the conflict between 1965 and 1973.

 

Space:

ISS malware virus came on Russian USB drive -

The International Space Station has had a malware virus courtesy of a Russian cosmonaut’s USB drive, according to Russian security expert Eugene Kaspersky.  The disclosure was made last week while Kaspersky addressed reporters at a National Press Club event in Canberra, Australia, the Atlantic Wire reported.

Saturn snapped as Earth smiled -

NASA has released a spectacular new picture of the Planet Saturn, acquired by the Cassini spacecraft in July. The image was produced as part of The Day The Earth Smiled Project, which was led by Dr. Carolyn Porco. She describes how and why the picture was put together.

Giant impact that formed Moon left Earth with vast magma ocean -

Billions of years ago, the Earth’s atmosphere was opaque and the planet’s surface was a vast magma ocean devoid of life. This scenario, says Stanford University professor of geophysics Norman Sleep, was what the early Earth looked like just after a cataclysmic impact by a planet-size object that smashed into the infant Earth 4.5 billion years ago and formed the moon.

Soyuz video shows wild ride astronauts experience inside Russian space capsule -

If you thought the movie “Gravity” was intense, then get ready for the real thing to blow you away. This video shows what it’s really like to return to Earth from the International Space Station.

NASA says new deep space vehicle on time for 2014 test -

The first test mission of a new deep space capsule that could one day take humans to Mars is on track for September 2014, NASA said Nov. 12.

New ‘black hole-quasar’ discovery baffles astronomers -

The most luminous objects in the universe keep getting more mysterious. Astronomers have discovered a new type of quasar — an incredibly bright galactic core powered by a supermassive black hole — that current theory fails to predict.

 

Technology:

Could this invisibility cloak be the military’s best ally? -

Scientists are currently competing to create the best invisibility cloak, as imagined in films such as Harry Potter and Star Trek. As yet, no-one has managed to replicate a flexible cloak as worn by the boy wizard, or the cloaking device used by the Kingons to make their ships invisible to another starship’s sensors, but two Canadian scientists have created an invisibility cloak that they say is thin and adaptive to different types and sizes of objects.

 

International:

Kerry: Obama prepared to use force in Iran after nuclear talks collapse -

Secretary of State John F. Kerry defended the Obama administration’s carrot-and-stick approach to nuclear negotiations with Iran, saying Sunday that the conciliatory strategy needs to be given a chance to work — while vowing that the U.S. is prepared to use force if necessary to keep the Islamic republic from developing a nuclear bomb.

Australia: Allegations of sexual assault in Navy -

The Department of Defence has confirmed an investigation has been launched into potential allegations of rape carried out on young male sailors, including anal penetration using writing implements and drink containers.

Canada: New warships to cost more than $100-billion, Ottawa estimates -

The cradle-to-grave cost to Canadian taxpayers to acquire new warships will exceed $100-billion, the federal government says – tens of billions of dollars more than Ottawa has previously disclosed.

 

Opinion:

Purging America’s military -

What in the world is happening to senior military officers under the Obama administration? It seems that every week since President Obama took office in 2009, we’ve been hearing that another top leader has been summarily fired, despite his decades of loyal service and valuable experience in protecting the nation.




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