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Headlines August 2, 2013

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News Canceling F-5 said to be among Pentagon options Canceling the $391.2 billion program to build Lockheed Martin’s F-35 fighter jet is among options the Pentagon listed in its “strategic review of choices if forced to live with automatic budget cuts, according to people familiar with Defense Department briefings. Pentagon to investigate allegations of waste,…

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News Briefs August 2, 2013

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Air Guard pilot ejects after jets collide Two Air National Guard fighter jets collided midair, forcing one of the pilots to eject into the sea and be rescued by a Coast Guard helicopter a few hours later off the Virginia coast, officials said Aug. 2. The other pilot involved in the collision was able to…

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Pentagon review reveals best, worst case, Hagel Says

Posted August 2, 2013 by Karen Parrish

DOD photograph by Glenn Fawcett Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel answers a question on the Strategic Choices Management Review during a news conference at the Pentagon, July 31, 2013. Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., right, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, joined Hagel for the briefing. The Pentagon will reduce funding for major…

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Headlines July 31, 2013

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News European aerospace group to adopt ‘Airbus’ name as civil aircraft demand soars The parent company of European jet maker Airbus says its profit soared in the first half and it has announced a corporate shakeup to give new prominence to its civil aviation division.   Business Boeing pressed to refund $13 million in parts…

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News Briefs: July 31, 2013

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U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,119 As July 30, 2013, at least 2,119 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,757 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result of…

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X-56A technology demonstrator achieves first flight

Posted July 31, 2013 by Holly Jordan

NASA photograph by Kenneth E. Ulbrich The X-56A Multi-Utility Technology Testbed takes off on its inaugural flight July 26 at Edwards AFB, Calif. The unmanned aircraft is designed to study active aeroelastic control technologies such as active flutter suppression and gust load alleviation. The Air Force Research Laboratory, in conjunction with Lockheed Martin and NASA,…

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Headlines July 29, 2013

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News: Funding schemes in Congress could ground drones; FAA pressured over privacy The lagging federal effort to fully integrate drones into U.S. airspace is in danger of falling even further behind schedule. A funding bill now before the Senate essentially would stop the process in its tracks by prohibiting the Federal Aviation Administration from moving…

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News Briefs July 29, 2013

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U.S. drone kills six suspected militants in Yemen A Yemeni military official says a suspected U.S. drone strike has killed six alleged al Qaeda militants in the group’s southern strongholds. The official said July 28 the attack took place late July 27 in the town of Mahfad in Abyan province and targeted a car carrying…

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Spirit AeroSystems announces 360 layoffs

Posted July 29, 2013 by Roxana Hegeman

Spirit AeroSystems is laying off about 360 salaried support and management employees at its Kansas and Oklahoma facilities, the Wichita-based aircraft parts maker announced July 25. The company said that while it had a ìcost challenge to address, its core business is performing well at unprecedented production rate that is driving its revenue, earnings and…

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Headlines July 26, 2013

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News GPS flaw could let terrorists hijack ships, planes The world’s GPS system is vulnerable to hackers or terrorists who could use it to hijack ships – even commercial airliners, according to a frightening new study that exposes a huge potential hole in national security.   Business Arms makers boost profits despite Pentagon budget headwinds…

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