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March 5, 2014

Headlines – March 5, 2014

News:

Pentagon suspends U.S.-Russian military exercises -

The United States has suspended all military exercises with Russia in response to the invasion of the eastern region of Crimea as the standoff in Ukraine continues.

 

Business:

U.S. Air Force to fund rescue helicopter in last-minute reversal -

The U.S. Air Force decided March 4 to start work on a new helicopter by United Technologies Corp’s Sikorsky Aircraft in fiscal 2015, a suprising turnaround hours after the Pentagon told Congress the program had been postponed.

S. Korean firm claims development of wideband radar absorbing material -

A South Korean company claims that it has developed a radar absorbing material (RAM) suited to absorption of almost all frequencies. 

U.K.’s Hybrid Air Vehicles begins re-assembling large airship -

The U.K.’s Hybrid Air Vehicles Ltd. (HAV) has begun reassembling a large airship acquired from the U.S. Army, following cancellation of the Northrop Grumman-led Long-Endurance Multi-intelligence Vehicle (LEMV) program.

Rolls Royce-HAL dealings under probe -

India’s anti-fraud agency, the Central Bureau of Investigation, has begun a probe into alleged corruption charges against UK-based Rolls Royce in the supply of engines to state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) to power the Hawk advanced jet trainer aircraft. 

Schiebel to lease S-100 Camcopter VTUAV to Italian Navy -

The Italian Navy has agreed a lease with Schiebel for the Camcopter S-100 vertical take-off unmanned air vehicle (VTUAV). The 12-month contract, the value of which is undisclosed, will enable the navy to conduct an extended operational evaluation of the system. 

Rolls-Royce bolsters ethics policy in face of corruption probe -

Aerospace and defense company Rolls-Royce, facing an investigation by Britain’s anti-fraud watchdog, said it had cut the number of middlemen it uses as it steps up efforts to prevent bribery and corruption.

 

Defense:

Pentagon weapons would get $25 billion less than planned -

The Pentagon’s proposed $496 billion budget for the coming fiscal year would provide $154 billion for weapons purchases and research, $25 billion less than projected a year ago, according to Defense Department figures.  

In planning for the future, the Pentagon sees fewer troops and more technology -

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has already announced that SOCOM will grow to 69,700 troops, from 66,000. He told reporters last week that otherwise, the new budget will propose force reductions “in every military service, active and reserve, in order to sustain our readiness and technological superiority and to protect critical capabilities like special operations forces and cyber-resources.” 

Lawmakers divided on possible 2017 BRAC round -

When it comes to a new round of base closures in 2017, lawmakers are split between lukewarm support, vehement opposition and general uncertainty. 

Week ahead: Pentagon, Congress begin budget battle -

The Pentagon will unveil its 2015 budget proposal this week, beginning a contentious fight with Capitol Hill over the military’s spending priorities.

U.S. Air Force to shed light on ‘mystery’ plane -

While last week’s U.S. defense budget preview was dominated by news of what was being cut, one bright spot remains — the U.S. Air Force’s long-range bomber program.

 

Space:

Nearly every star in our galaxy hosts at least one alien planet, scientists say -

The vast majority of stars in our Milky Way galaxy host planets, many of which may be capable of supporting life as we know it, a new study suggests. Astronomers have detected eight new exoplanet candidates circling nearby red dwarf stars, which make up at least 75 percent of the galaxy’s 100 billion or so stars. Three of these worlds are just slightly bigger than Earth and orbit in the “habitable zone,” the range of distances from a parent star where liquid water could exist on a planet’s surface.

 

Technology:

Rolls-Royce imagines a future of unmanned ships -

Unmanned cargo ships could become a reality on our oceans within the decade, according to manufacturer Rolls-Royce. The firm has been showing off the designs for its concept crewless ships.

 

International:

China says 2014 military budget to rise 12.2 percent -

China will increase military spending by 12.2 percent this year to 808.23 billion yuan ($131.57 billion), the government said March 5, partly to beef up coastal and air defenses and to develop more high-tech weapons.




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