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BAE awarded $68.9M for work on three U.S. Navy vessels

BAE awarded $68.9M for work on three U.S. Navy vessels

Business
Jan. 31 (UPI) -- BAE Systems has been awarded contracts for maintenance, repairs and upgrades to the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Port Royal, the amphibious assault ship USS America and the guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George.The three contracts, announced Tuesday by the Department of Defense and BAE Systems, are valued at a combined $ 68.9 million.The contract for the USS Port Royal comes under the terms of an undefinitized contract that is a modification to a previously awarded one. Due to contract options for the USS America and USS Cape St. George, the total cumulative value of the three contracts could surge to a combined $ 76.3 million."These contracts are important to expanding the service lives and capability of these Navy ships," David Thomas, vice president...
CDC report: Flu activity is increasing across U.S.

CDC report: Flu activity is increasing across U.S.

Health
Jan. 26 (UPI) -- The past week saw an increase in influenza activity across the country, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's weekly report said Friday.All 10 of the CDC's regions reported elevated levels of flu activity, affecting all states, as well as Puerto Rico and Guam, except for Hawaii. The CDC report, covering the week of Jan. 14 to Jan. 20, noted seven new influenza-associated pediatric deaths. A total of 37 deaths classified in that manner have been reported during the 2017-2018 flu season.Laboratory-confirmed cases of the flu rose by nearly 12,000 during the week. The total thus far is over 86,000. Because not every person with the flu visits a doctor and not all who do get tested for the flu, the number of people infected could be higher than figures the CDC p...
U.S. aircraft carrier set to visit Vietnam for first time since Vietnam War

U.S. aircraft carrier set to visit Vietnam for first time since Vietnam War

Business
Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Pentagon officials on Thursday announced plans to deploy a U.S. aircraft carrier to Vietnam, marking the first time a U.S. aircraft carrier has visited the country since the end of the Vietnam War.The USS Carl Vinson, a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, is scheduled to make a port call in Da Nang in March as part of its Western Pacific deployment, pending approval from officials in Vietnam.The discussion of the USS Carl Vinson sailing to the region is part of ongoing talks between Defense Secretary James Mattis and Vietnamese Defense Minister Ngo Xuan Lich amid an increase in regional security concerns as tensions rise between Vietnam and China over territorial claims in the South China Sea.The potential visit also is indicative of a growing defense relationship between the U...
Report: Pentagon skirted U.S. law on human rights abuses in Afghanistan

Report: Pentagon skirted U.S. law on human rights abuses in Afghanistan

Business
Jan. 23 (UPI) -- The U.S. agency overseeing Afghanistan reconstruction said in a report Tuesday that the State and Defense Departments skirted U.S. human rights laws by financially backing Afghan security forces accused of abuses.The report from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction said that both departments sidestepped Leahy Laws, continuing funding despite credible allegations of "gross violations of human rights," including child rape.Leahy Laws prohibit the agencies from providing financial support and military assistance to foreign security forces that violate human rights with impunity.According to the report, the Pentagon used an exception meant for security and continued to provide "select training, equipment, and other assistance to some of the Afghan units...
North Korea's Olympic move a chance for U.S. talks, analyst says

North Korea's Olympic move a chance for U.S. talks, analyst says

World
NEW YORK, Jan. 18 (UPI) --North Korea is pursuing a dangerous path of nuclear weapons development, but that does not mean the United States should dismiss an opportunity to deescalate tensions during the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, a U.S. analyst said Wednesday.Speaking before members of the Harvard Business School Club of New York, Suzanne DiMaggio, a senior fellow with New America who recently met with North Korean officials in Moscow, said Kim Jong Un's overtures for reconciliation are not to be ignored as tensions recede on the peninsula."I think the Olympics actually offers an opportunity for both sides to scale back on the rhetoric," she said, referring to the U.S. and North Korean governments. "We now have a nearly two-month Winter Olympic pause.""We must use that pause to pur...