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Congress OK Sought to Sell Boeing C-17 Globemaster to Kuwait

By Rich Smith, The Motley Fool

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The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency — the outfit responsible for coordinating military sales contracts between the U.S. and its allies, and getting Congress’ OK on such sales before they can proceed — notified Congress of no fewer than five such upcoming “foreign military sales” contracts Wednesday. The biggest of the sales involving actual arms was a proposed sale [link opens in PDF] to Kuwait of a single Boeing C-17 Globemaster III transport aircraft.

The aircraft, equipped with F117-PW-100 engines from United Technologies subsidiary Pratt & Whitney, is expected to cost approximately $371 million all-in. DSCA told Congress that in addition to securing the revenues for Boeing and UTC, selling this plane to Kuwait is a good idea because “Kuwait continues to be a key ally and strong supporter of U.S. foreign policy and national security goals in the Persian Gulf region. The proposed sale will enhance the United States foreign policy and national security objectives by increasing interoperability among the Kuwait Air Force (KAF), the United States Air Force, Gulf Cooperation Council countries, and other coalition forces.”

Additionally, noted DSCA, adding a second C-17 to Kuwait‘s Air Force “will allow the KAF to better participate in humanitarian support operations.”

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Advance Auto Parts Appoints George Sherman as President; Announces Leadership Changes

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Advance Auto Parts Appoints George Sherman as President; Announces Leadership Changes

ROANOKE, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– In an effort to simplify its organizational alignment, improve role clarity and provide a more intense focus on strategic and operational execution, Advance Auto Parts, Inc., (NYS: AAP) , a leading automotive aftermarket retailer of parts, batteries, accessories, and maintenance items, today announced several organizational changes.

George Sherman will be joining the Company as President. In his role as President, Mr. Sherman will be responsible for growing Commercial and driving excellence throughout the Company’s operations. Mr. Sherman will lead the Company’s Commercial Sales, Field Operations, Store Operations Support, Merchandising, Marketing, Supply Chain and Ecommerce Teams.

Mr. Sherman served as an officer in the United States Air Force for seven years. Afterward, he was with Target for 15 years where he worked his way from Store Manager to Regional Vice President, then served as Senior Vice President, Store Operations for their Mervyn’s department stores. He then moved to Home Depot where he led their installation business as Senior Vice President and President of their Home Services Division. Most recently, Mr. Sherman served as Senior Vice President, Best Buy Services, which included leading the Geek Squad. Mr. Sherman will report to Darren Jackson, Chief Executive Officer and will relocate to Roanoke, VA.

Charles Tyson, who currently serves as Senior Vice President, Merchandising and Marketing, has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Merchandising, Marketing and Supply Chain. Mr. Tyson joined Advance in 2008 as Senior Vice President, Merchandising and has been instrumental in improving the Company’s gross profit rate, strengthening its parts assortment and positioning the Company as an industry leader in inventory availability. In his new role, Mr. Tyson will report to George Sherman, President.

Jim Durkin, who currently serves as President, Autopart International (AI), will assume the new role of Senior Vice President, Commercial Business. Mr. Durkin will be responsible for the Company’s Commercial Sales Team, Commercial Marketing and AI. Mr. Durkin joined AI in 2011 and under his leadership AI has seen its largest period of growth and expansion. Before joining AI, Mr. Durkin led the global business segment of OfficeMax where he served as Executive Vice President. Prior to OfficeMax, Mr. Durkin served as Vice President, Sales for ARAMARK Corporation. Mr. Durkin will report to Mr. Sherman and will relocate to Roanoke, VA. All changes outlined above are effective April 21, 2013.

Tammy Finley, who most recently served as Vice President, Employment Counsel and Government Affairs, has been promoted to the …read more

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Massive Dynamics Engages with Renowned 3D Technologist

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Massive Dynamics Engages with Renowned 3D Technologist

CUPERTINO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Massive Dynamics Inc. (OTCQB: MSSD) announced today that it has signed a consulting agreement with Mr. Jonathan J. Howard, a prestigious Silicon Valley Technologist. Howard has successfully developed product road maps for companies such as Intel, Compaq, Apple and Cisco through strategic planning and building a market driven mentality. It is this experience and innovation that will forge Massive Dynamics‘ future success.

Howard received his technical training in the United States Air Force and has over twenty years of marketing and management experience, leading to the development and commercialization of multiple high-tech products. He brings with him a talented team of engineers, designers and industry experts, all prepared to assist in the enhancement of Massive Dynamics 3D printing solutions.

“We made a commitment to break new ground in the 3D market and we are gearing up with an outstanding team of designers and engineers lead by JJ Howard,” said President Oscar Hines. “With a team of this pedigree we are excited about bringing our customers the very best innovations.”

As the current President of Real-View 3D and Quantum Medical Technology, Howard is currently developing 3D hyper-spectral medical cameras, robotics and medical imaging products as well as Real-View 3D consumer desktop 3D scanners.

To learn more about Massive Dynamics visit our website: http://www.massivedynamicsinc.com

Massive Dynamics Inc. would also like to announce that it has postponed release of its new 4.0 Tablet scheduled to be held in Cupertino, CA on March 15th due to unforeseen delays in the completion of the final production prototypes. More information will be released as it becomes available.

About Massive Dynamics, Inc. (OTCQB: MSSD)

Massive Dynamics, Inc. is a Nevada corporation listed on the OTCQB under the trading symbol MSSD. The Company is an acquirer, developer and seller of leading edge consumer oriented technologies and products ready for rapid commercialization.

Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: This news release contains forward-looking information within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, including statements that include the words “believes,” “expects,” “anticipate” or similar expressions. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and …read more
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Al Qaeda tipsheet on how to avoid drones found in Mali

One of the last things the bearded fighters did before leaving this city was to drive to the market where traders lay their carpets out in the sand.

The Al Qaeda extremists bypassed the brightly colored, high-end synthetic floor coverings and stopped their pickup truck in front of a man selling more modest mats woven from desert grass, priced at $1.40 apiece. There they bought two bales of 25 mats each, and asked him to bundle them on top of the car, along with a stack of sticks.

“It’s the first time someone has bought such a large amount,” said the mat seller, Leitny Cisse al-Djoumat. “They didn’t explain why they wanted so many.”

Military officials can tell why: The fighters are stretching the mats across the tops of their cars on poles to form natural carports, so that drones cannot detect them from the air.

The instruction to camouflage cars is one of 22 tips on how to avoid drones, listed on a document left behind by the Islamic extremists as they fled northern Mali from a French military intervention last month. A Xeroxed copy of the document, which was first published on a jihadist forum two years ago, was found by The Associated Press in a manila envelope on the floor of a building here occupied by Al Qaeda of the Islamic Maghreb.

The tipsheet reflects how Al Qaeda‘s chapter in North Africa anticipated a military intervention that would make use of drones, as the battleground in the war on terror worldwide is shifting from boots on the ground to unmanned planes in the air. The presence of the document in Mali, first authored by a Yemeni, also shows the coordination between Al Qaeda chapters, which security experts have called a source of increasing concern.

“This new document… shows we are no longer dealing with an isolated local problem, but with an enemy which is reaching across continents to share advice,” said Bruce Riedel, a 30-year veteran of the CIA, now the director of the Intelligence Project at the Brookings Institution.

The tips in the document range from the broad (No. 7, hide from being directly or indirectly spotted, especially at night) to the specific (No 18, formation of fake gatherings, for example by using dolls and statues placed outside false ditches to mislead the enemy.) The use of the mats appears to be a West African twist on No. 3, which advises camouflaging the tops of cars and the roofs of buildings, possibly by spreading reflective glass.

While some of the tips are outdated or far-fetched, taken together, they suggest the Islamists in Mali are responding to the threat of drones with sound, common-sense advice that may help them to melt into the desert in between attacks, leaving barely a trace.

“These are not dumb techniques. It shows that they are acting pretty astutely,” said Col. Cedric Leighton, a 26-year-veteran of the United States Air Force, who helped set up the Predator drone program, which later tracked Usama bin Laden in Afghanistan. “What it does is, …read more
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Christine Anderson is Having a Blast Building the World's First Commercial Spaceport

By Michael Venables, Contributor Christine Anderson worked for 30 years in the United States Air Force as a civilian, retiring in 2008, having reached the civilian equivalent of General Officer, the highest rank in the Senior Executive Service. But the sky was literally the limit for this charismatic career woman and savvy executive. At the moment, Christine’s busy leading the development and operation of the world’s first purpose-built, commercial spaceport — Spaceport America. And, she’s having lots of fun along the way.
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