Headlines – November 19 – Aerotech News & Review

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Bill honoring 13 servicemen killed in Afghanistan heads for Biden’s office
A bill awarding congressional gold medals to the 13 servicemen who were killed in a suicide bombing in Afghanistan is heading to President Biden’s office after the Senate passed the law on November 17.

On his first trip to Africa, Blinken confronts questions of US influence in deepening crises
Speaking on Ethiopia at a November 17 press conference in Nairobi, he said: “We are deeply concerned about the escalation of violence, the expansion of fighting across the country and what we are doing. consider it a growing risk to the unity and integrity of the state. . “

Taiwan puts new F-16s into service as Chinese threat grows
Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen praised military cooperation with Washington on November 18 as she commanded the first modernized F-16 fighter combat wing with U.S. help to bolster the island’s defenses during the rise in tensions between Taipei and Beijing.

Business

Protectionist instincts erupt as venerable Italian gunmaker goes on sale
A plan by Leonardo of Italy to sell off its naval and land gun business as well as its torpedo operation sparked a political row over the competing merits of maintaining national sovereignty and encouraging European integration.

British Air Force welcomes first-ever test flight using only synthetic fuel
The British Royal Air Force took a decisive step in reducing carbon emissions from its planes, announcing on November 17 that the service had made the world’s first flight using 100% synthetic fuel with its trading partner Zero Petroleum.

Businesses Worried About Cyber ​​Attacks During Vacation, Report Says
After a year of headline-grabbing ransomware attacks, businesses say they are concerned about the possibility of cyber intrusions this holiday season, at a time when many of their cybersecurity operations are based on a small staff.

Defense

Military food insecurity under scrutiny at Pentagon level
Lawyers and members of Congress have said for years that low military pay threatens the ability of some troops to feed their families. On November 17, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin announced a 90-day review to create a strategy to address it.

‘We have to work harder,’ SECDEF says as Pentagon grapples with civilian casualties in airstrikes
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has pledged to review strike procedures to better avoid losses.

As Pentagon fails 4th audit, officials have “no doubt” it will eventually pass
The Inspector General and independent public accounting firms this year audited DOD’s $ 3.2 trillion in assets and $ 3 trillion in liabilities.

Navy suspends navigation for submarine force after submarine collision
The Navy submarine community began a “disruption of navigation” this week following the Connecticut submarine’s collision with a seamount last month in the South China Sea.

Air Force Research Lab awards $ 1 billion university for space technology research
The Air Force Research Laboratory has awarded Utah State University a billion-dollar contract to support space-related research and technology development in its Space Dynamics Laboratory.

Air Force’s B-21 bomber reportedly costing $ 203 billion in the 2050s
The U.S. Air Force’s next-generation B-21 stealth bomber program will likely cost taxpayers at least $ 203 billion to develop, purchase and operate 100 planes over 30 years, according to new service estimates.

Veterans

Veterans’ Military Sexual Trauma Disability Claims Still Not Processed Properly: Watchdog
Outside advocates say VA officials still need more reform to make sure victims of sexual assault feel comfortable making a complaint.

Lawmakers seek subpoena power for Virginia Inspector General
Legislators on the Senate Veterans Committee want to give subpoena power to the federal Veterans Affairs watchdog, allowing the office to force people to testify under oath.

VA to Target Military Doctors for Open Healthcare Jobs Under New Bill
The Hire Veteran Health Heroes Act would create a path for the departure of military healthcare workers who would be employed in hospitals in Virginia.


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