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December 9, 2013

Headlines December 9, 2013

Business:

EADs breaks redundancy taboo in plan to cut 5,800 jobs -

Airbus parent EADS risked a collision with unions and European politicians by unveiling plans to cut 5,800 mainly defense and space jobs that for a first time include significant forced redundancies, driven by weak European budgets.

Small steps to Mars are a big leap for Indian companies -

Indian companies that built most of the parts for the country’s recently launched mas mission are using their low-cost, high-tech expertise in frugal space engineering to compete for global aerospace, defense and nuclear contracts worth billions.

 

Defense:

Political quagmire stymies military sex-assault solutions -

It has been looming for months, but Congress‘ debate over how to deal with sexual assaults in the U.S. military could get lost in the end-of-year shuffle as Senate Democrats find themselves with little time to tackle the budget, presidential nominations and a host of other major priorities.

Air Force building drone for operations in ‘hostile’ airspace -

The Air Force is developing an unmanned stealth aircraft geared for entering hostile airspace, according to Aviation Week.

Accusations dog Russian copter deal -

U.S. military officials insisted a top-secret Pentagon study proved the need to buy Russian helicopters for Afghanistan’s security forces. But the study actually recommended an American-made rotorcraft, according to unclassified excerpts obtained by The Associated Press.

Army plans to scrap Kiowa helo fleet -

Army leaders are considering scrapping its entire fleet of Bell Helicopter OH-58 Kiowa Warrior helicopters, while pulling the National Guard’s Boeing AH-64 Apaches into the active-duty force to fill the scout helicopter role as the Army seeks to fulfill its longer-term requirement of a newly developed armed aerial scout, according to several Army and defense industry sources.

 

Veterans:

The ghosts of Pearl Harbor come alive -

A fascinating video has merged photographs taken during the attack on Pearl Harbor with pictures of the same locations today, to commemorate the 72nd anniversary of the bombing.

 

Space:

NASA Curiosity rover discovers evidence of fresh-water Mars lake -

NASA’s steady reconnaissance of Mars with the Curiosity rover has produced another major discovery: evidence of an ancient lake with water that could plausibly be described as drinkable, and which was part of a long-standing, wet environment that could have supported simple forms of life.

Mars radiation not harsh enough to block long-term manned mission, rover finds -

The risk of radiation exposure is not a show-stopper for a long-term manned mission to Mars, new results from NASA’s Curiosity rover suggest.

 

International:

Hagel in Kabul but gets no invitation from Karzai -

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel traveled halfway around the world for a rare visit to the Afghanistan war zone, but he did not meet with the man holding up an agreement to keep U.S. troops there after 2014.

Iran says it improves accuracy of missiles -

Iran has dramatically improved the accuracy of its ballistic missiles by using laser systems, its defense minister said Dec. 9.

United Kingdom: The tide begins to turn on the EU’s military ambitions -

There is no more potent symbol of statehood than military power. It is not surprising therefore that Eurocrats regard defense policy as a key element in their drive for a state called Europe, playing a role on the global stage.

 

United Kingdom:

David Cameron risks Tory backlash over EU military plans -

British warplanes and other military assets will be handed over to European Union countries under sweeping plans to create what Conservative MPs believe will become a “Euro Army.”




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