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November 20, 2013

Headlines November 20, 2013

News:

U.S.-Afghanistan reach security pact, with no apology -

The United States and Afghanistan Nov. 20 reached a draft agreement on a crucial security pact, a day before thousands of Afghan elders are set to debate whether to allow U.S. troops to stay in the country after 2014.

 

Business:

Bombardier strikes CSeries deal with Iraqi Airways -

Bombardier said Nov. 19 it has signed a letter of intent to sell five CSeries jetliners to Iraqi Airways, the first new deal since June for the aircraft, which the Canadian plane maker has spent billions developing.

 

Defense:

Navy suspends some drone operations after cruiser hit -

The Navy has suspended target drone exercises in the wake of the Nov. 16 mishap where a drone punctured the hull of cruiser Chancellorsville during a tracking exercise off Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu, Calif., according to one media report.

Littoral ship-to-shore communications seen deficient, GAO says -

The U.S. Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship lacks the robust communications systems needed to transmit critical data to support facilities ashore, according to an unreleased congressional audit, the latest in a succession of troubles for the $34 billion shipbuilding program.

 

Veterans:

Arlington panel calls for end to memento exception -

An advisory commission is recommending that Arlington National Cemetery end its relaxed policy on mementos in a section for those killed in Iraq and Afghanistan by the end of next year.

 

International:

Europe forms a ‘drone club’ to develop unmanned aircraft to rival the U.S. and Israel’s military technology -

France, Germany and other European countries have formed a ‘drone users club’ to develop a rival to the U.S. and Israeli pilotless aircraft that dominate the field. French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said the European Defence Agency has been tasked with drawing up a list of military requirements.




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Air Force certifies SpaceX for national security space missions

Lt. Gen. Samuel Greaves, commander of the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center and Air Force program executive officer for space, has announced the certification of Space Exploration Technologies Corporation’s Falco...
 
 

Northrop Grumman passes key design review for B-2 weapons management upgrade

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Boeing awarded first-ever commercial human spaceflight mission

NASA issued a task order as part of Boeing’s $4.2 billion Commercial Crew Transportation Capability contract recently to include the company’s first-ever service flight to the International Space Station. The award ...
 




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