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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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