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January 5, 2014

Headlines January 4, 2014

News:

Issa bill would end Saturday mail to repeal military pension cut -

A top House Republican has proposed legislation that would  replace the controversial new cut in pension benefits for working-age military retirees by allowing the U.S. Postal Service to end Saturday mail delivery.

 

Business:

Critical vote looms for Boeing machinists -

Members of Boeing’s largest union in Washington State will vote Jan. 3 on the company’s latest contract proposal, and Boeing officials are warning it’s the last chance to guarantee a major new assembly line worth billions of dollars and thousands of jobs stays in the Puget Sound region.

India scraps AgustaWestland chopper contract on graft probe -

India scrapped a $753 million deal to buy helicopters from Anglo-Italian company AgustaWestland following a 15-month corruption investigation and said it’s preparing an arbitration fight it is seeking to avoid.

 

Defense:

Pentagon’s new warfare: Battle of the sexes -

As the armed forces shrink and withdraw from some global hot spots, their agenda for the battle of the sexes grows. The Pentagon under the Obama administration has devoted considerable hours in public and private to sorting out same-sex relationships, the roles of women in the foxhole and ways to stop sexual assaults. Now, another issue has arisen: gender transformation. 

Bill would give illegals citizenship through service -

A Colorado lawmaker is urging Congress to pass legislation that would give illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children a path to citizenship through military enlistment.

Military propaganda websites on verge of extinction -

Barring a reprieve tucked into the upcoming $1 trillion spending bill working its way through Congress, the Pentagon’s worldwide network of propaganda websites is nearing death. 

Human Terrain System tab up to $726 million since 2007 -

Newly released budget figures show the military has paid $726 million since 2007 to send social scientists to battlefields, a program with documented cases of fraud and racial and sexual harassment.

 

Space:

Is Earth heavier than we think? -

Ever since scientists have theorized that dark matter exists, concrete evidence of the elusive substance has continued to confound them. Now, data from a number of GPS satellites suggest that a halo of the strange matter may be surrounding Earth, causing our planet to be heavier than first believed.  

Alien clouds blanket nearby ‘super-Earth’ exoplanet, Hubble data show -

One of the best-studied nearby extrasolar planets — a body just a little larger than Earth — is swaddled in alien clouds, researchers have found. It is the smallest and most Earth-like world yet to yield the secrets of its atmosphere. Another study has found tantalizing hints of clouds on a larger, Neptune-sized world. The pair of discoveries, reported in Nature, suggests that clouds may envelop many exoplanets.

 

International:

Israel tests Arrow missile shield, eyes Syria, Iran -

Israel successfully tested its upgraded Arrow ballistic missile interceptor for the second time Jan. 3, pushing forward work on a U.S.-backed defense against threats seen from Iran, Syria and Lebanon’s Hezbollah guerillas.

Is World War Three about to start … by accident? -

Perhaps it is possible — and how nice it would be to believe this — that war between the greatest nations on earth has been abolished. The cost and the threat of nuclear escalation is so horrendous that reason argues that nothing remotely resembling the 20th century’s vast global clashes can ever happen again.




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Headlines October 20, 2014

News: Navy grounds ‘Top Guns’ - The F/A-18s needs spare parts and in too many cases they’re being taken from brand new jets. This is a risk to national security and pilots’ lives.   Business: Boeing seeks revised schedule for U.S. aerial tanker - Boeing is revising its master schedule for developing the new U.S. Air Force...
 
 

News Briefs October 20, 2014

New military medical team to help with Ebola in U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered the military to prepare and train a 30-member medical support team that could provide short-term help to civilian health professionals if there are more Ebola cases in the United States. His spokesman, Rear Adm. John Kirby, says the team...
 
 

Dragon ‘fires up’ for flight

The Air Force and NATO are undergoing a cooperative development effort to upgrade the avionics and cockpit displays of AWACS aircraft belonging to the 552nd Air Control Wing at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., and the NATO E-3 Sentrys from Geilenkirchen, Germany. The Diminishing Manufacturing Sources Replacement of Avionics for Global Operations and Navigation, otherwise...
 

 
Boeing photographs

Boeing-built X-37B successfully completes third flight

Unmanned spacecraft concludes record-setting 674-day mission   Boeing photograph A third mission of the Boeing-built X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle was completed on Oct. 17, 2014, when it landed and was recovered at Vandenberg...
 
 

Boeing concludes commercial crew space act agreement for CST-100/Atlas V

Boeing has successfully completed the final milestone of its Commercial Crew Integrated Capability Space Act Agreement with NASA. The work and testing completed under the agreement resulted in significant maturation of Boeing’s crew transportation system, including the CST-100 spacecraft and Atlas V rocket. NASA in July approved the Critical Design Review Board milestone for Boeing’...
 
 

AF to release small business research solicitations

The Air Force Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer program office is set to release its fiscal year 2015 list of topics Oct. 22, on the SBIR/STTR website.  Small businesses and research institutions with expertise to address the topics’ technology challenges are encouraged to submit proposals. During 2014, the Defense Department SBIR...
 




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