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December 13, 2013

Headlines December 13, 2013

News:

Chinese try to halt U.S. cruiser in international waters –

A Chinese naval vessel tried to force a U.S. guided missile warship to stop in international waters recently, causing a tense military standoff in the latest case of Chinese maritime harassment, according to defense officials.

 

Business:

Boeing must decide on F/A-18 production in March 2014, executive says –

Boeing must decide in March 2014 whether to invest tens of millions of dollars to continue production of the F/A-18 fighter jet, a senior Boeing executive said Dec. 9, underscoring his confidence that sufficient orders would emerge to keep the plane in production until beyond 2020.

United Technologies gives muted view for 2014 –

United Technologies Corp. Dec. 12 projected earnings to rise 7 percent to 11 percent next year, barely meeting analysts’ targets, and gave a revenue view that fell short of Wall Street projections.

Boeing to move research jobs out of Washington State –

Boeing said Dec. 12 it planned to eliminate up to 1,200 jobs in Washington State and move them to other locations as it reorganizes research and development functions.

Airbus promises to limit development risks –

European aerospace group EADS pledged to shun risky investments and new aircraft programs for at least a decade as it promised investors a smoother ride under its Airbus brand in the wake of earlier development problems.

 

Defense:

James confirmed as next Air Force secretary –

Deborah Lee James was confirmed as the next Air Force secretary by a vote of 79 to 6 on Dec. 13, according to a news release from Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill.

Pentagon welcomes budget deal but wants more money –

Military chiefs welcomed a bipartisan budget deal that would provide the Pentagon with some fiscal certainty and lessen the damage of deep spending cuts over the next two years, but they say it doesn’t go far enough for future years.

Rep. Hunter to Pentagon: Don’t lower combat standards for women –

A House Republican has introduced a provision in the 2014 defense authorization bill to restrain the Pentagon from lowering physical standards in order to allow women to serve in direct combat jobs.

 

Space:

NASA suspects bad valve for ISS trouble –

The astronauts aboard the International Space Station dimmed the lights, turned off unnecessary equipment and put off science work Dec. 12 as NASA scrambled to figure out what’s wrong with a key cooling unit.

Could there be life on Europa? –

Plumes of water vapor 100 miles high may have been spotted bursting out of the icy surface of Jupiter’s moon Europa. Scientists believe they detected two vapor jets shooting into space for seven hours at a time.

Titan moon’s colossal methane seas –

Measurements of a big sea on Titan, a moon of Saturn, show that it contains about 9,000 cubic km of mostly liquid methane.

 

Technology:

New NASA robot, ‘Valkyrie,’ looks like Iron Man –

The newest humanoid robot from NASA just might be mistaken for a superhero. The space agency’s new Valkyrie — a 6 foot 2 inch tall (1.9 meters) robot with a glowing NASA logo on its chest — bears an uncanny resemblance to Marvel’s superhero Iron Man, but this space age automaton was built for work, not comic book heroics.

 

International:

China targets Global Hawk drone –

China’s military is planning to counter surveillance by the Pentagon’s long-range Global Hawk drone, which currently is deployed on Guam and flying reconnaissance missions aimed at China.

Singapore says in ‘no particular hurry’ to buy Lockheed F-35s –

Singapore’s Defense Minister Ng Eng hen Dec. 12 said his country was seriously considering buying Lockheed Martin’s F-35 fighter jet but was in ‘no particular hurry’ to buy new jets since its F-16 fighters were still in good shape.




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