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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 September 15, 2014

News: Navy identifies pilot presumed dead in crash - A Navy fighter pilot presumed dead after two fighter jets crashed in the far western Pacific Ocean has been identified.   Business: Boeing eyes 737-700 solution for new JSTARS - Boeing is officially planning a variant of its 737-700 commercial jetliner as a competitor for the Air Force’s...
 
 

News Briefs September 15, 2014

Australia contributing planes for anti-IS campaign Australia is preparing to contribute 600 troops and up to 10 military aircraft to the increasingly aggressive campaign against the Islamic State extremists in Syria and Iraq, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Sept. 14. Abbott said Australia was responding to a formal request from the United States for specific...
 
 
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Lockheed Martin conducts flight tests of aircraft laser turret for DARPA

AFRL photograph The Aero-adaptive Aero-optic Beam Control turret that Lockheed Martin is developing for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the Air Force Research Laboratory has completed initial flight testing. T...
 

 

Lockheed Martin advances live, virtual, constructive training in flight test

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=jvXmOW8L3mU Lockheed Martin successfully tested a new solution for integrated live, virtual and constructive training during a flight demonstration at the company’s Aeronautics facility in Fort Worth, Texas. During the flight test, a pilot flying in a live F-16 engaged in a synthetic training exercise with a pilot flying as wing...
 
 
Image courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona

NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover arrives at Martian mountain

NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover has reached the Red Planet’s Mount Sharp, a Mount-Rainier-size mountain at the center of the vast Gale Crater and the rover mission’s long-term prime destination. “Curiosity n...
 
 

Raytheon begins full rate production on TALON Laser Guided Rockets

Under a $117 million contract awarded to Raytheon, Raytheon Missile Systems has begun production of the TALON Laser Guided Rocket. In 2013, the Armed Forces General Headquarters of the United Arab Emirates awarded Tawazun a contract to procure the TALON Laser Guided Rocket. “Full rate production of the TALON LGR is a significant milestone for...
 




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