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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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Panetta notifies Congress DOD preparing for furloughs

Posted February 20, 2013 by Jim Garamone

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has notified Congress that the Defense Department is prepared to implement furloughs for civilian personnel in response to the threat of sequestration. In a memo to all employees, Panetta vowed to continue working with Congress to avoid sequestration, which would add $470 billion to the $487 billion in defense spending…

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Headlines: February 15, 2013

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News Senate Republicans filibuster Hagel nomination Senate Republicans delivered a sharp rebuke to President Obama Feb. 14 when they began a filibuster of Chuck Hagel’s nomination as secretary of defense.   Business Rolls-Royce profits soar on fuel-saving engine demand Britain’s Rolls-Royce reported a 24 percent rise in full-year profit, led by strong growth at its…

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News Briefs February 15, 2013

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U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,045 As of Feb. 12, 2013, at least 2,045 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 1,706 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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News Briefs February 13, 2013

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U.S. military weighs cutbacks in drone programs The Pentagon for the first time is considering scaling back the massive buildup of drones it has overseen in the past few years. It would be both to save money and to adapt to changing security threats and new areas of operation – such as east Asia –…

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U.N. agency moves to kill aircraft battery exemption

Posted February 13, 2013 by Joan Lowy

A U.N. agency that sets global aviation safety standards is moving to prevent aircraft batteries like the one that caught fire on a Boeing 787 last month from being shipped as cargo on passenger planes, people familiar with the effort said. Over the past few days, the members of the International Civil Aviation Organization’s dangerous…

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Headlines: February 11, 2013

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Business EADS unit could face FBI probe over Saudi deal The FBI is investigating allegations of corruption involving a British unit of aerospace group EADS over a contract in Saudi Arabia for the U.K.’s Ministry of Defence, the Financial Times said Feb. 11.   Veterans ‘I would have destroyed Dresden again’: Bomber Harris was unrepentant…

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News Briefs February 11, 2013

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Boeing sends 787 on test flight from Seattle Boeing sent a 787 up on a test flight Feb. 9, the first since the new airliner was grounded three weeks ago because of a battery fire. The aircraft took off from Boeing Field in Seattle and spent nearly two and a half hours flying back and…

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