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May 16, 2014

Headlines May 16, 2014

News:

VA hospital inquiry widens; Secretary Eric Shinseki urges patience -

VA officials said May 15 that complaints about delays in appointment-making and inadequate treatment date back almost a decade. Federal prosecutors have joined the agency’s investigation to determine whether criminal charges should be filed. 

 

Business:

Northrop found to overcharge U.S. on counter-drug work -

Northrop Grumman charged the U.S. Army excessive labor rates for almost six years for more than 300 subcontractor employees working on counter-narcotics programs in Afghanistan and the U.S., according to the Pentagon’s inspector general. 

Defense contractor, 530 jobs leaving San Diego -

Over the next two years Pratt and Whitney AeroPower will close its San Diego facility on Ruffin Road, which employs 530 people. The facility is the base for the company’s division that manufactures airline auxiliary power units. 

ASC aims to bridge ‘valley of death’ -

Australia’s state-owned ASC aims to bridge a looming gap of work in the country’s naval shipbuilding sector by co-operating with foreign partners to supply combat support ships to the Royal Australian Navy.

Boeing conducted unfair practices against U.S. engineers: labor board -

The U.S. National Labor Relations Board said on Thursday that Boeing committed unfair labor practices against its unionized engineers near Seattle, Wash., and in Portland, Ore., when it photographed and videotaped workplace marches in 2012. 

Exelis tests airborne infrared sensor to detect IEDs -

Exelis has flight-tested a long-wave infrared hyperspectral sensor capable of pointing in multiple directions to identify IEDs, explosive gases and other threats.

 

Defense:

Fatal V-22 crash tied by Marines to pessure to succeed -

The V-22 Osprey’s deadliest accident stemmed partly from “undeniably intense” pressure to show progress for the new tilt-rotor aircraft, according to the U.S. Marine Corps commandant. 

New blaze hits Pendleton, but Fallbrook evacuation orders end in Tomahawk Fire -

The Camp Pendleton Scout reported that facilities in what the Marines call the “43 Area” were evacuated, including a store, gas station, restaurant, recreating center, barber shop and laundromat. 

 

Veterans:

Shinseki vows action after VA investigation completed -

Facing growing charges of mismanagement and fraudulent scheduling practices at Veterans Affairs Department medical centers, VA Secretary Eric Shinseki said Thursday that he’s “mad as hell” about the allegations and promised action, with investigations, discipline and, if needed, firings. 

VA investigation results not due until August -

The results of a much-anticipated government investigation into charges of scheduling fraud at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care System will not be out until August, VA Acting Inspector General Richard Griffin said May 15. 

Veterans group, government watchdog create VA whistleblower site -

As Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki faced a Senate grilling over alleged abuse and fraud in his agency, a veteran’s service organization and a government watchdog group May 15 announced a new website designed to give VA whistleblowers a safe place to vent.

 

Space:

Russian space disaster as hi-tech rocket explodes -

A Russian rocket ferrying one of Europe’s most powerful satellites into space has exploded in the earth’s atmosphere, setting the former Soviet state’s commercial space program back ‘three to four years’. 

What’s really under the moon dust -

Two huge radio telescopes have given scientists a rare look beneath the surface of the moon. Radar signals beamed from the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico — the world’s largest radio dish, with a diameter of 1,000 feet — penetrated deep into the moon.




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Headlines December 22, 2014

News: Report: DOD bomb hunters pried into U.S. firms, citizens - During some of the bloodiest days of U.S. combat in Afghanistan and the roadside bomb threat there, the Pentagon’s Joint IED Defeat Organization “improperly collected” intelligence on U.S. citizens and corporations to try to stem the threat, a Pentagon Inspector General report has found.  ...
 
 

News Briefs December 22, 2014

U.K., Canadian military leaves to join Ebola fight Reservists and troops from Britain and Canada have left for Sierra Leone to help in the battle to contain the Ebola virus outbreak. British officials said Dec. 20 that 16 reservists and 100 regular military personnel left on a morning flight from the Brize Norton military airbase....
 
 
Boeing photograph

Boeing, Malaysia Airlines celebrate 100th 737 delivery

Boeing photograph Boeing and Malaysia Airlines celebrated the direct delivery of the airline’s 100th 737 aircraft at an event in Seattle. Shown here Aminuddin Zakaria, senior vice president, airline engineering group, Malaysi...
 

 

Navy helicopter crashes in Kuwait; all crewmembers ok

A U.S. Navy MH-60S helicopter assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 26 (HSC 26) crashed at 11:22 a.m., EST, Dec.21, while on an overland training flight at Camp Buehring, Kuwait. All six personnel aboard the helicopter survived the crash and were transported to nearby medical facilities for evaluation. Three of the six crewmembers sustained minor...
 
 

AMC relocates KC-135 simulator

As Air Mobility Command fields the KC-46A Pegasus, displaced KC-135 Stratotanker pilot simulators will be relocated across the Total Force to maximize simulator access across the mobility enterprise. As a result, AMC, in coordination with the Air National Guard, recently identified four KC-135 pilot flight simulators and one KC-135 Boom Operator Weapons System Trainer to...
 
 

SpaceX completes first milestone for Commercial Crew Transportation System

NASA has approved the completion of SpaceX’s first milestone in the company’s path toward launching crews to the International Space Station from U.S. soil under a Commercial Crew Transportation Capability contract with the agency. During the Certification Baseline Review, SpaceX described its current design baseline including how the company plans to manufacture its Crew Dragon spacecraft...
 




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