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Aug 2, 2012

Close call for three jets over Washington airport

WASHINGTON, Aug 2 (Reuters) – Three U.S. Airways flights
came too close to one another this week over Washington’s Reagan
National Airport because of “miscommunication” between the
control tower and a regional hub, U.S. transportation officials
said Thursday.

Two of the regional commuter jets took off in the direction
of an incoming flight with inadequate separation in the incident
on Tuesday afternoon, federal officials said.

Aug 1, 2012

US to mull more bombers, submarines for Pacific

WASHINGTON, Aug 1 (Reuters) – Pentagon planners will
consider adding bombers and attack submarines as part of a
growing U.S. focus on security challenges in the Asia-Pacific, a
senior Defense Department official said on Wednesday.

“We will take another look” at sending more such muscle to
the strategic hub of Guam in the western Pacific, now that this
has been recommended by an independent review of U.S. regional
military plans, Robert Scher, deputy assistant secretary of
defense for plans, told lawmakers.

Aug 1, 2012

Congress urged to avert looming budget cut

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Congress should stop fretting over the mechanics of implementing a huge, indiscriminate budget cut early next year and instead try to pass a more reasonable plan to reduce deficits, a senior U.S. official told lawmakers on Wednesday.

In a hearing punctuated by partisan anger, acting White House budget director Jeff Zients rejected assertions that President Barack Obama was responsible for the stalemate over the looming budget cuts.

Aug 1, 2012

Congress urged to take steps to avert looming budget cut

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Congress should stop fretting over the mechanics of implementing a huge, indiscriminate budget cut early next year and instead try to figure out how to avoid it by passing a more reasonable deal to reduce deficits, administration officials told lawmakers on Wednesday.

Jeff Zients, acting director of the White House budget office, told lawmakers the cuts due to kick in on January 2 would be devastating for both defense and non-defense programs, causing 16,000 teachers and aides to lose their jobs and eliminating early childhood education for 100,000 youngsters.

Jul 27, 2012

U.S. cyber commander accuses countries of targeting infrastructure

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Unspecified nations played a role in a 17-fold jump in cyber attacks on U.S. infrastructure since 2009, but this does not appear to reflect payback for a reported U.S. role in malicious code known as Stuxnet, the head of the Pentagon’s National Security Agency said on Thursday.

“I don’t see the correlation there at all,” Army General Keith Alexander told a security forum in Aspen, Colorado. “I don’t see anything that goes to Stuxnet or anything like that.”

Jul 26, 2012

Cyber commander accuses countries of targeting infrastructure

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Unspecified nations played a role in a 17-fold jump in cyber attacks on U.S. infrastructure since 2009, but this does not appear to reflect payback for a reported U.S. role in malicious code known as Stuxnet, the head of the Pentagon’s National Security Agency said on Thursday.

“I don’t see the correlation there at all,” Army General Keith Alexander told a security forum in Aspen, Colorado. “I don’t see anything that goes to Stuxnet or anything like that.”

Jul 20, 2012

Boeing sues US Air Force for rocket refund

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Boeing Co (BA.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) is suing the U.S. Air Force, its biggest client, for $385 million it says it is owed for Delta IV rocket launch services.

Boeing and the United Launch Alliance, a joint venture with Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), filed a joint complaint on June 14 “to preserve their rights to recover these costs,” Boeing said in a statement made available Friday.

Jul 18, 2012

Britain, U.S. hail F-35 fighter as tightening ties

By Jim Wolf

(Reuters) – Britain and the United States hailed Wednesday their work on Lockheed Martin Corp’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter as tightening military ties, a day before Britain receives the jet’s first international delivery.

Britain is to formally accept an F-35 test model at Lockheed’s Fort Worth, Texas, production plant on Thursday. The Pentagon seized the occasion to voice strong support for the plane, which is over budget, behind schedule and a potential target for cuts by lawmakers.

Jul 18, 2012

Panetta hails F-35 jet as key for UK, U.S.

By Jim Wolf

(Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Wednesday that Lockheed Martin Corp’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft represents the “future of tactical aviation” for U.S. and British forces, as Britain prepares to take delivery of its first test aircraft.

The scheduled delivery Thursday at Lockheed’s Fort Worth, Texas, production plant is an indication of considerable strides in the program, particularly in the past year, Panetta told a Pentagon press conference alongside Philip Hammond, his British counterpart.

Jul 4, 2012

Chief of U.S. missile defense bullied staff, report says

WASHINGTON, July 3 (Reuters) – The U.S. Missile Defense
Agency’s chief routinely bullied his senior staff, chilling
discussion of thorny issues in the multibillion-dollar program
he runs, the U.S. Defense Department’s inspector general said in
a report made public on Tuesday.

Army Lieutenant General Patrick O’Reilly, who has headed the
Pentagon arm since November 2008, demeaned and belittled
subordinates, making them reluctant “to speak up and raise
issues during meetings with him,” said the 19-page report dated
May 2.