Archive for April 7th, 2013

Italy pardons USAF officer in CIA rendition case

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Italy’s president on Friday pardoned a U.S. Air Force colonel convicted in absentia by Italian courts in the CIA-conducted abduction of an Egyptian terror suspect from a Milan street.
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F-16 pilot killed in Afghanistan is son of former commandant of the National War College

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Capt. James Michael Steel, the F-16 pilot killed in Afghanistan on Apr. 3, is the son of retired Maj. Gen. Robert Steel, former commandant of the National War College.

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First B-2 surpasses 7,000 flight hours

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The “Spirit of Florida,” a B-2 Spirit from the 509th Bomb Wing, became the first B-2 to surpass 7,000 flight hours on Apr. 1.

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U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nick Wilson

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PLAAF general: Poor industrial foundation, lack of innovation obstructing development of fighters

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In an interview with South China Morning Post, Maj. Gen. Zhu Heping, vice-president of the PLAAF Command Academy, said a weak foundation in building sophisticated machinery and a lack of innovation are major obstacles for China’s fighter development.

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U.S. Congressional Research Service: DF-21D not game-changer

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A new report by the U.S. Congressional Research Service (CRS) says China’s new DF-21D ASBM can be defeated by “employing a combination of active and passive measures” along the ASBM’s “kill chain.”
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