Headlines – October 20 – Aerotech News & Review

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North Korea tests possible submarine missile amid tensions with US
The launch came hours after the United States reaffirmed its offer to resume diplomacy on North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.

Taliban promise money and land to families of suicide bombers
The Taliban have promised plots of land to relatives of suicide bombers who attacked US and Afghan soldiers, in a provocative move that appears to run counter to their efforts to solicit international support.

Business

After delay, decision to jointly produce full-rate air-to-surface missiles is now expected in mid-2022
Having failed to achieve the desired lethal effects on a maritime target, the US Army and Marine Corps had to delay the commissioning of the joint air-to-surface missile.

Q&A: Deborah Lee James, President of the Defense Affairs Council, helped the Pentagon see “a forest for the trees”
Flat defense budgets may be on the horizon. The military’s attention is shifting from the Middle East to China and Russia. And bills on everything from modernization to AI to the nuclear company are coming due.

AH-1 Cobra gunships turned firefighters completed their last mission
Aging rotorcraft filled a unique firefighting niche, but their maintenance eventually became too difficult.

Turkish producer to supply aerostat systems to Iraq
Otonom Teknoloji, a private Turkish defense technology company, said it has signed an agreement with the Iraqi government for the supply of aerostat and airship systems.

Defense

USS Bonhomme Richard fire spread widely due to “repeated failures”, investigation finds
While the Navy accused a young sailor of starting the blaze last summer, a command investigation blames the botched response at all levels of command.

COVID vaccine mandate endangers military readiness, senior Republican lawmaker says
The top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee is calling on the military to immediately abandon its mandate to vaccinate the military against COVID-19, calling it a “politically motivated” decision by the administration.

16 service members sue to suspend DOD vaccine order
The lawsuit – the second filed by the U.S. military against the DOD leadership and the acting Food and Drug Administration commissioner – seeks exemptions from Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin’s August 25 tenure requiring the vaccine, as well as ‘a temporary restraining order to stop the ongoing prosecution. vaccinations.

Air Force’s largest planes rest after struggling to remove 124,000 people from Afghanistan
More than a month after the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, US Air Force crews and planes that were essential to the evacuation of 124,000 people are still recovering, according to Major General Corey Martin, director of operations for the US Transportation Command.

Veterans

VA relaunches search for senior health official after issues emerged with previous hiring attempt
The department has been without an undersecretary for health confirmed by the Senate since early 2017.

Funeral ceremony for 6 Alabama veterans, 1 spouse whose remains have not been claimed for decades
With an escort of Patriot Guardsmen, a hearse carrying the remains of six Alabama veterans and the wife of a World War I soldier traveled to Alabama National Cemetery on October 19 for a ceremony that has been preparing for decades for each of these families.


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