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News Briefs May 10, 2012

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Air Force whistle-blowers to get protection Air Force officials say there will be no actions taken against two whistle-blower pilots who complained about problems with the F-22 fighter jet, including comments made during a recent “60 Minutes” television interview. Lt. Gen. Janet Wolfenbarger, assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, told a Senate subcommittee…

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Prince Harry calls for unity in supporting wounded warriors

Posted May 9, 2012 by by Donna Miles

Great Britain’s Prince Henry of Wales, commonly known as Prince Harry, urged the U.S. and British publics last night to unify in supporting wounded warriors and families of the fallen, particularly as the drawdown of military operations in Afghanistan takes the media spotlight off their continuing needs. Prince Harry accepted the Atlantic Council’s Distinguished Humanitarian…

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Pentagon sending trainers back into Yemen

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The Pentagon is sending military trainers back into Yemen for what it calls “routine” cooperation with Yemeni security forces. A Pentagon spokesman, Navy Capt. John Kirby, said May 8 that “small numbers” of U.S. trainers have returned to Yemen recently. He would not be more specific about the number or when they arrived there. Yemen…

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Boeing, EVA Air announce order for three 777s

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Boeing and Taipei-based EVA Air May 8 finalized an order for three 777-300ERs (Extended Range) airplanes. The order also includes purchase rights for an additional four airplanes. “The 777-300ER is the flagship of our long-haul fleet and will play an important role in growing our global operations,” said Chang Kuo-wei, president of EVA Air. “The…

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Lockheed Martin completes delivery of 17 CC-130J Super Hercules aircraft to Canada

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The Royal Canadian Air Force formally accepted the 17th Lockheed Martin CC-130J Super Hercules in ceremonies in Marietta, Ga., May 8, completing the order placed in December 2007. The aircraft will be flown to Canadian Forces Base Trenton later this week. The original contract called for all 17 aircraft to be delivered by the end…

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Mideast nuclear conference in jeopardy

Posted May 8, 2012 by by George Jahn

Hopes dimmed May 8 for staging major nuclear talks later this year between Israel and its Muslim rivals, as Iran and Arab countries at a 189-nation conference accused Israel of being the greatest threat to peace in the region and Egypt warned that Arab states might rethink their opposition to atomic arms. Because Israel has…

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Australia delays delivery of 12 F-35 fighters

Posted May 4, 2012 by by Rod McGuirk

Australia announced May 3 that to cut costs it is pushing back delivery of most of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighters it plans to buy from the United States. Defense Minister Stephen Smith said delaying delivery of the advanced warplanes two years, to 2019, would save the government 1.6 billion Australian dollars ($1.6 billion) over…

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Russian military raise the ante on missile defense

Posted May 4, 2012 by by Mansur Mirovalev

Russia’s top military officer has threatened to deal a pre-emptive strike on U.S.-led NATO missile defense facilities in Eastern Europe if Washington goes ahead with its controversial missile defense plan. President Dmitry Medvedev said last year Russia will retaliate militarily if it does not reach agreement with the United States and NATO. Chief of General…

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F-15E crashes in Southwest Asia

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An Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle crashed May 3 at 11:40 a.m. local time while conducting a routine training mission. Both crew members ejected safely. First responders have responded to the scene and more details will be released as they become available. Strike Eagles are dual-role fighters that perform air-to-air and air-to-ground missions. The cause…

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News Briefs May 3, 2012

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Pratt & Whitney boss sees long-term strength The president of Pratt & Whitney expects that the military and commercial aerospace business will improve, but not for a while. David Hess, president of the subsidiary of United Technologies Corp., told reporters at the company’s annual media day May 2 that sales are expected to double, to…

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