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Headlines: February 27, 2013

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News Pentagon F-35 program chief lashes Lockheed, Pratt & Whitney The Pentagon program chief for the F-35 slammed its commercial partners Lockheed Martin and Pratt & Whitney Feb. 27, accusing them of trying to “squeeze every nickel” out of the U.S. government and failing to see the long-term benefits of the project. Pratt rules out…

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News Briefs February 27, 2013

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U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,047 As of Feb. 26, 2013, at least 2,047 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 1,707 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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Headlines: February 25, 2013

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Business Lockheed: Lithium-ion battery not involved in F-35 smoke incident Lockheed Martin said Feb. 25 there was no evidence that a lithium-ion battery contributed to a Feb. 14 incident that caused smoke in the cockpit of an F-35 test plane. Australia: Grounding, budget woes cloud F-35 warplane sales push in Australia This year’s second grounding…

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News Briefs February 25, 2013

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Navy proposes drone base at Point Mugu About 700 personnel and their families would move to Point Mugu under a military proposal to make Naval Base Ventura County the West Coast home for a drone aircraft. The Ventura County Star reports the Navy is seeking public comment on its proposal to base four remotely-controlled Triton…

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Lawmakers seek end to draft registration

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Two lawmakers are waging a little-noticed campaign to abolish the Selective Service System, the independent federal agency that manages draft registration. Reps. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., and Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo., say the millions of dollars the agency spends each year preparing for the possibility of a military draft is a waste of money. They say…

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F-35s grounded as precaution after crack found in engine blade

Posted February 25, 2013 by Jim Garamone

All F-35s have been grounded as a precaution after a routine engine inspection revealed a crack on an engine blade, Defense Department officials said Feb. 22. Officials call this a “cautionary suspension of flight.” The Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps fly F-35s. Inspectors found the crack in an F135 engine installed in an F-35A…

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Headlines: February 22, 2013

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Business Japan: 787 fuel leak probe indicates cause to be coating issue Japan’s transport ministry said Feb. 22 its fuel leak probe on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner passenger jet indicated the cause to be a coating around the mechanism that controls fuel movement between tanks. Bombardier outlook disappoints, new Learjet delayed Bombardier Inc. reported quarterly…

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News Briefs: February 22, 2013

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Valve stopped fuel flow in F-16 crash The Air Force says an F-16 flying from Japan to Alaska last July crashed at sea because a valve stopped fuel from reaching the engine. An accident investigation report released by Pacific Air Forces in Hawaii Feb. 19 says the jet’s main fuel shut-off valve was partially closed…

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Headlines: February 20, 2013

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Business Boeing close to fixing Dreamliner battery Boeing has found a way to fix battery problems on its grounded 787 Dreamliner jets that involves increasing the space between the lithium ion battery cells, a source familiar with the company’s plans says. As parked 787s multiply, Boeing cash drain worries grow Paine Field Airport, next to…

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News Briefs February 20, 2013

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Panetta to lead U.S. delegation to NATO defense ministerial Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta will continue in his position until former Sen. Chuck Hagel is confirmed, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said in a tweet released Feb. 14. The Senate will not consider Hagelís nomination to be the next defense secretary until it returns from…

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