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Sep 2, 2013

Potential action against Syria reignites U.S. budget concerns

WASHINGTON, Sept 2 (Reuters) – The U.S. military’s decision
to move an aircraft carrier into the Red Sea to help out with
any “contingencies” underscores concerns a strike on Syria could
evolve into another costly war as U.S. defense spending faces
massive, mandatory cuts.

Current and former military officials say the cost of firing
cruise missiles at selected targets in Syria would be relatively
easily absorbed, and analysts say the effect on U.S. weapons
makers would be relatively minimal.

Sep 2, 2013

USS Nimitz carrier group sails into Red Sea in ‘prudent’ move

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The USS Nimitz aircraft carrier and four other ships in its strike group moved into the Red Sea early on Monday, U.S. defense officials said, describing the move as “prudent planning” in case the ships are needed for military action against Syria.

The officials said the Nimitz entered the Red Sea around 6 a.m. EDT (1000 GMT), but the strike group had not received any orders to move into the Mediterranean, where five U.S. destroyers and an amphibious ship, the USS San Antonio, remain poised for possible cruise missile strikes against Syria.

Sep 2, 2013

CARRIER

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz and other ships in its strike group are heading west toward the Red Sea to help support a limited U.S. strike on Syria, if needed, defense officials said on Sunday.

The Nimitz carrier strike group, which includes four destroyers and a cruiser, has no specific orders to move to the eastern Mediterranean at this point, but is moving west in the Arabian Sea so it can do so if asked.

Sep 1, 2013

Exclusive: USS Nimitz carrier group rerouted for possible help with Syria

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz and other ships in its strike group are heading west toward the Red Sea to help support a limited U.S. strike on Syria, if needed, defense officials said on Sunday.

The Nimitz carrier strike group, which includes four destroyers and a cruiser, has no specific orders to move to the eastern Mediterranean at this point, but is moving west in the Arabian Sea so it can do so if asked. It was not immediately clear when the ships would enter the Red Sea, but they had not arrived by Sunday evening, said one official.

Aug 31, 2013

Pentagon insists it is open to foreign investment in the U.S.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon is taking a harder look at proposed foreign acquisitions of U.S. companies given the increasing financial complexity of such deals, but continues to encourage foreign investment, a top U.S. defense official said this week.

“If you have a deal that is in the interest of the U.S. economy and does not impinge on national security, we will approve it,” said Brett Lambert, the Pentagon’s representative on an interagency committee that reviews foreign takeovers.

Aug 31, 2013

Pentagon insists it open to foreign investment in U.S.

WASHINGTON, Aug 30 (Reuters) – The Pentagon is taking a
harder look at proposed foreign acquisitions of U.S. companies
given the increasing financial complexity of such deals, but
continues to encourage foreign investment, a top U.S. defense
official said this week.

“If you have a deal that is in the interest of the U.S.
economy and does not impinge on national security, we will
approve it,” said Brett Lambert, the Pentagon’s representative
on an interagency committee that reviews foreign takeovers.

Aug 31, 2013

Sixth U.S. ship now in eastern Mediterranean ‘as precaution’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A sixth U.S. warship is now operating in the eastern Mediterranean, near five U.S. destroyers armed with cruise missiles that could soon be directed against Syria as part of a “limited, precise” strike, defense officials said late on Friday.

They stressed that the USS San Antonio, an amphibious ship with several hundred U.S. Marines on board, was in the region for a different reason and there were no plans to put Marines on the ground as part of any military action against Syria.

Aug 29, 2013

U.S. Marines see progress in F-35 testing despite challenges

ABOARD USS WASP, Aug 29 (Reuters) – Two F-35 fighter jets
have completed dozens of test flights from the deck of this
amphibious assault ship over the past three weeks, but several
flights were scrapped on Wednesday for maintenance issues, just
as more than a dozen journalists arrived for a demonstration.

U.S. Marine Corps officials said the jets had made more than
90 successful vertical landings on the USS Wasp this month,
including many at night – showing the growing maturity of
Lockheed Martin Corp’s F-35B fighter. The officials said
groundings were rare during the recent 19-day test period.

Aug 29, 2013

U.S. transfers two Guantanamo detainees to Algeria

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States said on Thursday it had transferred two men from the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to the government of Algeria as part of its ongoing effort to close the controversial prison.

The Pentagon said Nabil Said Hadjarab and Mutia Sadiq Ahmad Sayyab were transferred on Wednesday and arrived in Algeria the same day, leaving 164 detainees at Guantanamo, including 84 others cleared for release years ago.

Aug 28, 2013

Pentagon official sees defense M&A slowed by budget impasse

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon’s top manufacturing official expects a spate of merger and acquisition activity – and a doubling of efforts by foreign companies to take over U.S. arms makers – once the uncertain U.S. budget outlook becomes clearer.

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manufacturing and Industrial Policy Brett Lambert told Reuters in an interview that prolonged uncertainty about U.S. military spending was stalling M&A deals, dampening investment and hiring by big defense companies. It takes an even heavier toll on their small-to-medium-sized suppliers.