Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Pentagon furloughs will likely continue next year because of
sequestration. Hagel said if the budget cuts of $52 billion remain, "there will be further cuts in personnel, make no mistake about that."
Japan Airlines has completed inspections of emergency beacons aboard its fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliners. Taro Namba, a spokesman for the carrier, said no problems were found with the beacons. ANA Holdings is still inspecting its fleet of 787s.
Seven teams of college students experienced a NASA microgravity flight last week. Around 34 students participated in NASA's Microgravity University Program, which allows students and teachers to experience weightlessness and perform scientific experiments.
Security technology firms based in the U.S. are now looking to overseas markets for growth. Rapiscan Systems will be supplying security technology to the Olympic Games in Russia next year. Meanwhile, Smiths Detection is looking at markets in Africa, the Middle East and Latin America.
Coast Guard officials say they will accept the first National Security Cutter next month but noted that testing could take two years. The Coast Guard hopes to deploy the cutter in 2010. The vessel can carry two VUAVS and two helicopters.