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December 20, 2013

Headlines December 20, 2013

Defense:

General orders review of tracking battlefield awards -

The top U.S. commander for the Persian Gulf has ordered a review of how recommendations for battlefield awards are tracked by the Afghanistan command, which lost the paperwork for a Medal of Honor nominee and for other heroes.

 

Space:

Gaia ‘billion-star surveyor’ lifts off -

Europe has launched the Gaia satellite – one of the most ambitious space missions in history. The 740m-euro observatory lifted off from the Sinnamary complex in French Guiana at 06:12 local time.

 

International:

United Kingdom: Defense cuts making our military a ‘hollow force’ -

The head of the Armed Forces last night condemned ‘negligent’ defence cuts which risk leaving the military ‘a hollow force.’ Gen. Sir Nick Houghton, Chief of the Defence Staff, said there was a huge  danger Britain would have too much  ‘exquisite’ state-of-the-art equipment but not enough troops to man it.

United Kingdom: David Cameron flies to Brussels determined to fight EU drones program -

David Cameron travels to Brussels Dec. 19 intent on fighting plans by the European Union countries to develop its own drone program. An EU summit which starts today is expected to support the idea of a European drone program, but has yet to fund it, according to draft conclusions.

Britain’s military drone base opens its doors for cameras for first time -

Military chiefs have opened the doors to Britain’s drone nerve centre in Lincolnshire for the first time, allowing cameras to see how the unmanned aircraft are operated and the “pilots” who operate them.

Military trial in U.S. being considered for Russian detained in Afghanistan -

The Obama administration is actively considering the use of a military commission in the United States to try a Russian who was captured fighting with the Taliban several years ago and has been held by the U.S. military at a detention facility near Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan, former and current U.S. officials said.




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Headlines December 19, 2014

News: SpaceX’s attempt to land rocket on floating barge postponed - It’s set to be one of the most groundbreaking moments in humanity’s six decades of space exploration. Obama signs $1.1 trillion spending bill into law - President Obama signed the $1.1 trillion federal spending measure into law Dec. 16, officially ending any threat of a government...
 
 

News Briefs December 19, 2014

Trial set for ex-Navy engineer in military secrets case A former Navy civilian engineer is scheduled to stand trial next summer on charges of trying to steal aircraft carrier schematics. Media outlets report that 35-year-old Mostafa Awwad of Yorktown, Va., pleaded not guilty Dec. 17 to two counts of attempted exportation of defense articles and...
 
 

Lockheed to settle suit over retirement accounts

Lockheed Martin agreed Dec. 16 to settle a federal class-action lawsuit accusing the aerospace and defense behemoth of mismanaging the investment accounts of its employees and retirees, charging the investors high fees along the way. The tentative deal announced in federal court in Illinois’ East St. Louis averted an anticipated four-week trial in the 8-year-old...
 

 

Headlines December 17, 2014

News: U.S. Air Force tanker platform slated for year-end debut - Boeing is planning for first flight of its 767-2C – upon which the U.S. Air Force’s new KC-46 tanker will be based – by year’s end, six months late. Northrop Grumman wins $657.4 million deal to supply drones to South Korea - Northrop Grumman has won...
 
 

Headlines December 15, 2014

News: Defense authorization bill heads to White House - Senate lawmakers finalized work on the $584.2 billion annual defense authorization bill Dec .12, putting in place a 1 percent pay raise for troops starting in January and limiting growth in housing allowance rates. Senators make final push for vets suicide-prevention bill - An effort to get a...
 
 

News Briefs December 15, 2014

Official: Afghan insurgents kill two U.S. troops An international military official has told The Associated Press that an insurgent attack on a convoy in eastern Afghanistan has killed two U.S. troops. The official says the attack happened by the Bagram air base in Parwan province near the capital, Kabul, late Dec. 12. The official spoke...
 




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