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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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Northrop Grumman’s AstroMesh reflector successfully deploys for NASA’s SMAP satellite

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NASA photograph by Brian Tietz

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USS Fort Worth conducts CUES with Chinese Navy

The littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) practiced the Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea (CUES) with the People’s Liberation Army-Navy Jiangkai II frigate Hengshui (FFG 572) Feb. 23 enhancing the professional ma...
 
 

AEGIS tracks, simulates engagement of three short-range ballistic missiles

The Missile Defense Agency and sailors aboard the guided-missile destroyers USS Carney (DDG 64), USS Gonzalez (DDG 66), and USS Barry (DDG 52) successfully completed a flight test involving the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense weapon system. At approximately 2:30 a.m., EST, Feb. 26, three short-range ballistic missile targets were launched near simultaneously from NASA’s Wallops...
 
 

DOD seeks novel ideas to shape its technological future

The Defense Department is seeking novel ideas to shape its future, and officials are looking to industry, small business, academia, start-ups, the public – anyone, really – to boost its ability to prevail against adversaries whose access to technology grows daily. The program, called the Long-Range Research and Development Plan, or LRRDP, began with an...
 




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