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December 6, 2013

Headlines December 6, 2013

News:

Arlington Cemetery wreath laying tradition faces donations shortfall -

There may be a shortage of wreaths to lay on the graves at Arlington National Cemetery this year because corporate donors that help cover the cost are spreading their funds to include other veteran’s cemeteries across the nation, the Washington Post reported Dec. 5.

Rocket with secret payload launches off California -

A rocket carrying a secret payload for the U.S. government has successfully launched from the central California coast.

 

Business:

As Boeing charts plans for a new airliner, doubts arise about where to build it -

Judging from the early returns, the Boeing Company’s 777X will be a hit, garnering hundreds of advance orders by combining fuel-efficient materials and technology with a popular existing-plane design.

States grovel before Boeing in bid for 777X jobs -

With Boeing the king of U.S. aircraft manufacturing, more than a dozen states are groveling before the throne for a share of the riches to be made from the next-generation 777 jetliner.

EADS abandons U.S. defense expansion as military spending wanes -

European Aeronautics, Defence and Space is scaling back its ambitions to win a bigger slice of the U.S. military market as it focuses on the most sweeping overhaul of its defense and space operations in more than a decade.

U.S. lawmaker urges continuation of Boeing F/A-18 fighter line -

Randy Forbes, a key member of the House Armed Services Committee, urged Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel Dec. 5 to rethink the U.S. Navy’s current plan to allow Boeing’s F/A-18 fighter jet production to close in 2016.

 

Defense:

Dems, GOP craft backup for stalled defense bill -

Facing a standoff in the Senate, the top Democrats and Republicans on Congress’ military panels are working on a backup plan to ensure that they complete a far-reaching defense policy bill before year’s end.

Shades of Vietnam: Spike in U.S. troop deaths tied to stricter rules of engagement -

The number of U.S. battlefield fatalities exceeded the rate at which troop strength surged in 2009 and 2010, prompting national security analysts to assert that coinciding stricter rules of engagement led to more deaths.

Pentagon plans to destroy Syrian chemical arms on ship at sea -

The Pentagon plans to send about 60 civilian workers, including contractors, to the Middle East early next year to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile on a ship in the Mediterranean Sea.

Office of Pentagon futurist Andrew Marshall, 92, survives budget axe -

Yoda has won a new lease on life at the Pentagon, although his independence will be curtailed. Yoda is the nom de guerre for Andrew W. Marshall, the 92-year-old futurist who directs the Pentagon’s obliquely named internal think tank, the Office of Net Assessment.

U.S. bomber planes at $81 billion seen 47 percent more than plan -

The U.S. Air Force’s new long-range bomber may cost as much as $81 billion for the 100 planes planned, 47 percent more than the $55 billion sticker price the service has listed.

Air Force says R&D funding may face cuts with sequestration -

The U.S. Air Force may have to cut funding for research and development unless Congress reverses a law requiring across the board spending cuts, the No. 2 Air Force acquisition official said Dec. 4

Pentagon focused on weapons, data fusion as F-35 nears combat use -

Lockheed Martin’s F-35 fighter jet is making good progress as it nears initial combat use by the U.S .Marine Corps in July 2015, but the company must finalized the software needed to deliver weapons and fuse data from its many sensors, the Pentagon’s F-35 program chief told Reuters.

Former CSAF: Time to cut the A-10, invest in combat search-and-rescue -

A former top general of the Air Force weighed in on the debate over the future of the A-10, saying it is time to let the venerable jet go and move on to newer jets that can face newer threats.

Hopes fade for Army armed aerial scout -

The Army has been trying to build a new, light reconnaissance helicopter since 1982, when it kicked off the Light Helicopter Experimental program to replace the Vietnam-era OH-58 Kiowa helicopter.

 

Space:

Huge plasma spirals found on sun after decades-long search -

Colossal spiral-shaped flows of super-hot plasma have been discovered on the sun, completing a nearly 50-year quest to confirm their existence, scientists say.

Water detected in five exoplanets’ atmospheres by Hubble Space Telescope -

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has detected water in the atmospheres of five planets beyond our solar system, two recent studies reveal.

This time-lapse of earth from ISS is just … WOW! -

Just about any view from the International Space Station is spectacular–and perhaps that’s not surprising since the ISS orbits Earth at a speed of 5 miles per second, 240 miles above our planet’s surface.

 

Technology:

Quantum entanglement may link wormholes in universe, physicists say -

Wormholes — shortcuts that in theory can connect distant points in the universe — might be linked with the spooky phenomenon of quantum entanglement, where the behavior of particles can be connected regardless of distance, researchers say.

 

International:

China’s widening defense commitments risk straining military -

China’s broadening nation security commitments, including a warning of defensive measures against foreign aircraft in its new East China Sea air zone risk straining a military still catching up with its rivals.




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