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November 25, 2013

Headlines November 25, 2013

Business:

Boeing invites more than a dozen sites to bid on 777 work -

Boeing has invited more than a dozen U.S. locations to compete in a bidding process to determine where its new 777 long-haul passenger jet will be built, a company spokesman said.

South Carolina issues bonds to lure Boeing -

South Carolina will sell $85 million in debt this week to help Boeing expand a plant as the state jockeys to manufacture the company’s largest twin-engine jet.

Suharto denies Rolls-Royce bribery allegations -

Tommy Suharto, the youngest son of Indonesia’s late president, Nov. 25 denied allegations that he received bribes from British aerospace group Rolls-Royce in return for recommending their engines to Indonesian airline Garuda.

 

Defense:

Military alters training to deal with budget woes -

The skies above Shaw Air Force Base in central South Carolina and the fields across Fort Campbell on the Tennessee-Kentucky line have been a bit quieter in recent months.

Be all that you can be, but for less money: Army to cut recruiters’ pay -

The Army will reduce or eliminate Special Duty Assignment Pay for many recruiters next year, according to an official memo obtained by The Washington Times.

 

Space:

Time-lapse video captures comets racing towards the sun -

For months, all eyes in the sky have pointed at the comet that’s zooming toward a blisteringly close encounter with the sun. And now NASA has released a high resolution image of the streaking comet that look like a swimming tadpole.

 

Technology:

London to New York in under an hour -

You are a businessman in London with a crucial dinner this evening in Tokyo. Even allowing for the nine-hour time difference, you won’t need to reset your morning alarm as you’ll be on the ground and knocking back the sake just two hours after take-off.

Fighter jets will be armed with lasers by 2030 -

Mark it on your calendars: The U.S. Air Force aims to have laser-based fighter jets by 2030. A recently published RFI (Request for Information), has revealed that the Air Force Research Laboratory is eager to make such weapons a reality for next-generation jets, The Aviationist reported.

 

International:

Afghan elders endorse U.S. troops’ presence but President Karzai still refuses to sign -

An emotional showdown between Afghan President Hamid Karzai and 2,500 tribal elders in Kabul, Afghanistan, Nov. 24 ended with some — but not all — of what the United States was hoping for.

Philippines: Please can we have our bells back? -

In the devastated coastal Philippine town of Balangiga, a Roman Catholic belfry with a maroon steeple rises from the rubble, a battered symbol of resistance for a people with mixed feelings about the U.S. military now helping them survive.

 

Viewpoint:

Why would Obama send American girls into combat? -

In a recent editorial cartoon, President Obama is portrayed as a football coach telling a suited-up female player, “Good News! We want you on the front lines.” Don’t laugh, “Coach Obama” really does intend to send unwilling women into ground combat infantry teams, which face far more violence than pro football.




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