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News Briefs – August 14, 2012

Posted August 15, 2012 by staff

Pakistan military plans to open new front   Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says the Pakistani military has indicated that it plans to begin combat operations soon in a tribal area near the Afghan border that is a haven for al Qaeda-affiliated Haqqani militants. Speaking to The Associated Press in his Pentagon office Aug. 13, Panetta…

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News Briefs – August 14, 2012

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U.S. Navy ship collides with oil tanker in Gulf   The U.S. Navy says one of its guided-missile destroyers collided with an oil tanker early Aug. 12 but that no one was injured in the accident. The collision involving the USS Porter and the Panamanian-flagged bulk oil tanker M/V Otowasan occurred at approximately 1 a.m….

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News Briefs – August 10, 2012

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NTSB: Fan shaft failed on 787 during taxi test   The National Transportation Safety Board says a fan shaft failed on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner engine during a taxi test at Charleston International Airport. The investigation into the failure of the engine on July 28 is ongoing. The engine was built by General Electric. NTSB…

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The nuts and bolts of the sequester

Posted August 8, 2012 by by Donna Cassata

Republicans and Democrats are sounding the alarm: The budget sequester is coming and we have to do everything to stop it. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says it will be devastating to the military. Manufacturers say it will mean the loss of tens of thousands of jobs. The White House fears cuts in everything from cancer…

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Democrats reject GOP move to force layoff notices

Posted August 6, 2012 by by Donna Cassata

Senate Democrats rejected a Republican effort to force defense contractors to send out notices of possible job layoffs four days before the election, calling the move politically driven and purely speculative based on looming spending cuts. The Senate Appropriations Committee voted 17-13 against an amendment by Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. The provision would have overturned…

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Defense cuts, layoff notice dispute sets off tiff

Posted August 2, 2012 by by Donna Cassata

Republicans accused President Barack Obama of trying to keep middle-class Americans in the dark about whether they’ll lose their jobs from impending defense cuts as a Labor Department memo cautioning contractors about layoff notices set off political recriminations. “The president doesn’t want people reading about pink slips in the weeks before his election, so the…

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Defense cuts could hit civilian workforce

Posted July 30, 2012 by by Donna Cassata

Tens of thousands of civilian employees in the Defense Department could receive warnings about potential layoffs four days before the November election if impending spending cuts aren’t averted, hitting presidential battleground states such as Virginia and Florida hard. The alerts would come in addition to any that major defense contractors might send out at the…

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Security officers’ union approves new labor agreement At Lockheed Martin’s Fort Worth plant

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Members of the Security, Police and Fire Professionals of America union, including about 70 security officers at the...

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FAA proposes fining Boeing $13.5 million

Posted July 16, 2012 by by Joan Lowy and Joshua Freed

The Federal Aviation Administration July 13 proposed fining Boeing $13.5 million for failing to meet a deadline to provide airlines with instructions on how to prevent fuel tank explosions like the one that destroyed TWA Flight 800 off the coast of Long Island, N.Y., 16 years ago, killing all 230 people on board. The fine…

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F-22 pilot in Hawaii briefly has oxygen deficit

Posted July 13, 2012 by by Audrey McAvoy

The Hawaii Air National Guard said July 10 one of its pilots briefly experienced an oxygen deficit while flying an F-22 stealth fighter last week. The pilot was heading back to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam from a routine training sortie when sensors indicated he wasn’t getting as much oxygen as he should, said Lt. Col….

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