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Review of nuclear force is ordered by Hagel Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered an independent review of the U.S. nuclear missile force, which has come under scrutiny recently due to personnel misbehavior and other issues. "Personnel failures within this force threaten to jeopardize the trust the American people have placed in us to keep our nuclear weapons safe and secure," Hagel wrote in a memo to top Defense Department officials. According to the Pentagon's press secretary, Rear Adm. John Kirby, the review will be due in 60 days and must recommend plans for improvements. Sat, Mar 1, 2014

Senators say U.S. 20 years behind in developing UAV regulations At a recent Senate hearing, Sens. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., and Dean Heller, R-Nev., questioned why the Federal Aviation Administration was so slow in developing regulations to integrate unmanned aerial vehicles into the national airspace. Heller asked the FAA why the U.S. was 20 years behind the rest of the world. UAVs have been used commercially for two decades in countries like Japan, Australia and South Korea. Sat, Mar 1, 2014

Congress could increase funding for fuel research Congressional appropriations committees are looking to increase funding for research that seeks to find alternative to 100LL fuel, according to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association. Few research programs are set to receive more money than originally budgeted in the omnibus funding bill recently released by Congress. Thu, Feb 27, 2014

Tight funds threaten commercial crew safety Squeezed spending on the commercial spacecraft meant to ferry astronauts to the space station means the safety of the space taxis may be threatened, a NASA panel has warned. "NASA is being perceived as sending a message that cost outranks safety," the NASA Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel said in a new report. Wed, Feb 26, 2014

Budget cuts may threaten the Army's manned-unmanned aerial scouting plan, according Budget cuts may threaten the Army's manned-unmanned aerial scouting plan, according to internal budget documents. Last month, Maj. Gen. Kevin Mangum said the Army believed that the RQ-7 Shadow unmanned aerial system combined with manned Apache helicopters would meet "about 80%" of the Army's scouting needs, but documents outlining a five-year plan indicate that much of the funding for the Shadow fleet has been removed. The documents say that the lack of funds "Oprevents software modifications needed to enable manned-unmanned teaming with Apache and integration of Shadow into the full spectrum (combat aviation brigade)." Tue, Feb 25, 2014

Export rule changes expected on electronics, satellites The White House this year is likely to unveil changes to rules governing exports of chemicals, electronics and satellites, a move long awaited by U.S. manufacturers eager to capitalize on foreign sales. A federal inter-agency working group already has changed rules for more than half the 21 categories of products on the U.S. munitions list and expects to release updates later this year. Tue, Feb 25, 2014

Morpho's Itemiser DX Trace Detector Selected by United Airlines for Air Cargo Screening Morpho (Safran), through its subsidiary Morpho Detection, today announced that United Airlines has ordered a total of 54 Itemiser[umlaut] DX desktop explosives trace detectors (ETD) to screen air cargo for explosives. Under terms of the contract, all systems were deployed domestically and...

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