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News Briefs April 24, 2013

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Army warns of steeper reductions in troop numbers Senior U.S. Army officials warned April 23 they may have to cut more than 100,000 additional soldiers over the next decade unless automatic spending reductions forcing the military services to slash their budgets are stopped. Gen. Ray Odierno, the Army’s chief of staff, told the Senate Armed…

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GE Capital Aviation Services signs purchase, leaseback transaction with Spirit Airlines

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GE Capital Aviation Services LLC, the commercial aircraft leasing and financing arm of GE, has signed a purchase and leaseback transaction with Spirit Airlines for six new Airbus A320 aircraft to expand the carrierís fleet. GECAS delivered the first aircraft to Spirit in March. The remainder deliver in 2013 with all six aircraft coming from…

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U.S. Navy awards General Dynamics $20 million for nuclear submarine services

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The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $20 million contract modification for nuclear-maintenance work for submarines homeported at the Naval Submarine Base in Groton, Conn. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics. Under the contract, Electric Boat will continue to operate the Nuclear Regional Maintenance Department at the submarine…

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GA-ASI, OMX partner to identify suppliers for Canadaís JUSTAS program

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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. and OMX announced April 23 that the companies have signed a two-year agreement to support GA-ASIís Industrial Regional Benefit efforts to identify and work with Canadian suppliers. The partnership will strengthen GA-ASIís and its teammate CAEís commitment to offer the PredatorÆ B and/or Predator C AvengerÆ RPA to meet the…

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Fokker secures orders for additional F-35 work valued at 60 million Euros

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Fokker Aerostructures has signed two contracts for F-35 work with Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman, collectively valued at 60 million Euros. The two contracts are for the delivery of innovative composite structures including flaperons, outer leading edge flaps and in-flight opening doors for the next batch of 73 F-35 aircraft. This order will guarantee high…

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Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne reaches milestone in development of next rocket engine for human spaceflight

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CANOGA PARK, Calif. – Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, the rocket-engine manufacturer that helped power American astronauts to the moon during the Apollo era, has completed the last in a series of hot-fire tests on a J-2X engine with a stub-nozzle extension at simulated altitude conditions. This latest chapter in the development of America’s next rocket…

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Rights groups: U.K. must end army recruitment at 16

Posted April 24, 2013 by Cassandra Vinograd

Rights campaigners are taking aim at a British military policy that puts the U.K. in the same league as North Korea and Iran: recruiting soldiers under the age of 18. Two groups said in a report published April 23 that Britain’s military is wasting up to 94 million pounds ($143.4 million) a year training recruits…

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ESGR announces semifinalists for 2013 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award

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138 Employers in Running for DoDís Highest Honor for Guard and Reserve Employers. ARLINGTON, Va. ñEmployer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense operational committee, announced that 138 employers have been selected as semifinalists for the 2013 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. The Freedom Award is DODís highest honor for…

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United Technologies first quarter net income, revenue rise

Posted April 24, 2013 by Stephen Singer

The biggest aerospace deal ever is paying off for United Technologies Corp. The Hartford, Conn., aerospace and building systems conglomerate said April 23 that its purchase of aerospace parts maker Goodrich Corp. boosted first-quarter revenue even as sales flagged in Europe, which is struggling with a weak economy. The $18.4 billion deal was announced in…

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U.S.-Australia agreement promotes space situational awareness

Posted April 24, 2013 by Donna Miles

A new agreement made between the United States and Australia represents the first in what U.S. Strategic Commandís commander hopes will be many that promote transparency in the space domain. Air Force Gen. C. Robert Kehler signed the agreement on behalf of the United States, short-cutting the process for the Australian government to request data…

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