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November 18, 2013

Headlines November 18, 2013

News

Pentagon’s doctored ledgers conceal billions in ‘epic waste’

Linda Woodford spent the last 15 years of her career inserting phony numbers in the U.S. Department of Defense’s accounts. Every month until she retired in 2011, she says, the day came when the Navy would start dumping numbers on the Cleveland, Ohio, office of the Defense Finance and Accounting Service, the Pentagon’s main accounting agency.

NASA’s Maven Mars mission launches

The NASA Maven mission has set off for Mars. The orbiter was launched on an Atlas V rocket from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 13:28, EST.

 

Business

Boeing, Airbus invest $5 billion UAE as Gulf orders climb

Boeing and Airbus each awarded manufacturing contracts worth $2.5 billion to Abu Dhabi-based Mubadala Aerospace as jet orders from carriers in the Middle East increasingly dominate their books.

Northrop Grumman aims for bigger role in UAE arms sales

Northrop Grumman hopes to expand its ties to the United Arab Emirates in coming years, including the potential sale of its E-2D airborne early warning radar planes, the company’ s new chief executive for the UAE said Nov. 16.

Boeing shows off F/A-18 fighter as production end looms

Boeing’s chief F/A-18 test pilot pulled the nose of the Super Hornet up into a steep 40-degree angle, then tilted the wings to the left and right, as he demonstrated the popular Navy fighter jets ability to maneuver, even when under attack.

Boeing executives upbeat about future of F/A-18

Top Boeing executives are upbeat about the future of the F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter jet and see a good chance of winning additional U.S. and international orders that would keep the production line running past 2016.

 

Defense

Air Force’s CSAR mission in jeopardy

If the federal budget sequester remains in effect, the Air Force’s combat search-and-rescue (CSAR) mission is in danger of disappearing, according to multiple defense sources.

Lawmakers: Hold off on A-10 cuts

A bipartisan group of lawmakers last week urged Defense Department leaders to hold off on any plans to cut the A-10 and provide more scrutiny to the Air Force’s budget plans.

U.S. Army scrapping four chemical weapons incinerators

The Pentagon spent $10.2 billion over three decades burning tons of deadly nerve gas and other chemical weapons stored in four states — some of the agents so deadly even a few drops can kill.

U.S. military sees growth in foreign sales of V-22 Osprey

Foreign sales of the V-22 tilt rotor aircraft built by Boeing and Bell Helicopter could grow significantly in the “very near future,” top U.S. military officials said, citing interesting in both military uses and for VIP transport.

 

Space

Poll shows half of Americans think U.S. is losing leadership in space

From putting the first human on the moon to launching the first space probe to go beyond our solar system, the United States has enjoyed more than its share of space firsts. But are we now losing our primacy in space?

Intergalactic storms on the way as sun does a flip

The sun’s magnetic field is on the verge of flipping upside down as its north and south poles swap sides. The phenomenon, which happens once every 11 years, will send ‘ripple effects’ throughout the solar system.

United Kingdom ‘needs national space program’

If the UK space sector is to build on the progress of recent years, it needs a defined and properly funded national space program, a report says.

 

International

U.S. agrees to keep Patriot missiles in Turkey

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says the U.S. will continue to provide two Patriot missile batteries in Turkey for another year as part of that country’s air defenses while the civil war rages on in Syria.

Iran unveils attack drone ‘with 2,000 km range’

Iran Nov. 18 unveiled a missile-equipped drone with a range of 1,200 miles, the official IRNA news agency reported.

U.S.-Afghan security pact hits impasse as time runs out

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has rejected a provision of a U.S.-Afghan security pact, putting the entire deal in jeopardy just days before the country’s elite gather to debate it, a senior Afghan official and a Western diplomat said.

 

Viewpoint

The feminist campaign to make weaklings of America’s warriors

Feminism is trying to yank the U.S. military in two directions at once. While claiming that women have no problem meeting the rigorous standards of the SEALs or infantry, advocates of opening these branches to women argue that female members of the military must be protected from the male sexual predators that, we are assured, are widely represented in the military.




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