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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 August 28, 2015

Business: Rafale, Mistral on agenda for Le Drian in Malaysia, India – French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian is due to visit Malaysia Aug. 30, with talks expected to cover the Rafale fighter jet and Mistral helicopter carrier, website La Tribune reported. U.S. Army to choose new landing craft next year – In line with the Pentagon’s...
 
 

News Briefs August 28, 2015

Boeing plans to lay off some Southern California workers Boeing has announced that it plans to lay off employees at its Southern California-based satellite division. The Los Angeles Times reports that the aerospace giant said Aug. 25 that it will lay off as many as several hundred employees at the El Segundo factory. Boeing says...
 
 

Special tactics Airmen killed in hostile incident

Two special tactics airmen, who were deployed in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel, were killed near Camp Antonik, Afghanistan, Aug. 26. Capt. Matthew D. Roland, 27, and SSgt. Forrest B. Sibley, 31, were at a vehicle checkpoint when two individuals wearing Afghan National Defense and Security Forces uniforms opened fire on them. NATO service members...
 

 

Hurricane Hunters to fly Tropical Storm Erika

The Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunters are operating out of Homestead Air Reserve Base, Fla., flying their state-of-the-art WC-130J Super Hercules into Tropical Storm Erika in support of the National Hurricane Center in Miami. The 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron flew four missions into the tropical storm from their deployed location at St. Croix in the...
 
 
LM-MUOS

U.S. Navy, Lockheed Martin ready to launch MUOS-4 Aug. 31

The U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin are ready to launch the fourth Mobile User Objective System secure communications satellite, MUOS-4, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Aug. 31 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V...
 
 

Pentagon probing alleged distorting of war intelligence

The Pentagon’s inspector general is investigating an allegation that the military command overseeing the anti-Islamic State campaign distorted or altered intelligence assessments to exaggerate progress against the militant group, a defense official said Aug. 26. The official was not authorized to discuss the probe publicly and so spoke on condition of anonymity. The investigation was...
 




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