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Northrop Grumman will Help U.S. Navy mature laser weapon systems, components for surface self-defense missions

Posted May 24, 2013 by

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. - The U.S. Navy has selected Northrop Grumman for the initial phase of the Solid State Laser Technology Maturation (SSL-TM) program. SSL-TM is a research and development project to mature solid-state, high-power laser weapon systems and components for ship defense. This selection is the first step in the development of a Prototype Laser…

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Lockheed Martin radar, MILSATCOM programs receive DOD awards

Posted October 26, 2012 by

Lockheed Martin has won two of five awards given annually by the Department of Defense and the National Defense Industrial Association for excellence in systems engineering. The awards, presented at the NDIA Systems Engineering Conference in San Diego, are assessed on 2011 performance and recognize effective implementation of systems engineering best practices to achieve program…

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Commissary to close on Tuesdays due to furloughs

Posted June 7, 2013 by

According to a news release from the Defense Commissary Agency, most military commissaries will be closed on Mondays as a result of the announced DOD civilian employee furlough. Since the Los Angeles AFB store and 147 other stores worldwide are usually closed on Mondays, the commissary here will be closed for up to 11 Tuesdays…

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Panetta notifies Congress DOD preparing for furloughs

Posted February 22, 2013 by Jim Garamone

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has notified Congress that the Defense Department is prepared to implement furloughs for civilian personnel in response to the threat of sequestration. In a memo to all employees, Panetta vowed to continue working with Congress to avoid sequestration, which would add $470 billion to the $487 billion in defense spending…

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DOD contractors to get new whistleblower protections

Posted June 28, 2013 by Nick Simeone

Beginning July 1, whistleblowers working for Defense Department subcontractors will begin receiving protection against reprisals through a new law intended to better protect those who expose possible wrongdoing. In addition, as part of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013, contractors who report suspected waste, fraud and abuse within their company rather than…

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Panetta issues message to DOD workforce on sequestration

Posted March 1, 2013 by

With major, across-the-board defense spending cuts scheduled to take effect March 1, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta Feb. 20 issued a message to the Defense Department workforce. Here is the secretary’s message: For more than a year and a half, the president, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and I have repeatedly voiced our deep concerns…

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TRICARE moves forward with prime service area reductions

Posted August 9, 2013 by

FALLS CHURCH, Va. – Defense Department officials will reduce the number of TRICARE Prime service areas in the United States beginning Oct. 1, affecting about 171,000 retirees and their family members. Those beneficiaries, who mostly reside more than 40 miles from a military clinic or hospital, received a letter earlier this year explaining their options….

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Nation’s newest missile warning satellite encapsulated in launch vehicle payload fairing for March launch

Posted March 15, 2013 by

The second Lockheed Martin built Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO-2) spacecraft was encapsulated into its payload fairing March 4 in preparation for a March 19 liftoff aboard an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. SBIRS GEO-2, the most technologically advanced infrared surveillance satellite, will enhance the nationís missile…

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Deadline nears for completing SNCOA course

Posted August 9, 2013 by Phil Berube

Students enrolled in Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy Course 14 Version 5 have until the end of September to complete the course or they will be automatically disenrolled and will have to complete the new version of the course. Airmen who haven’t completed version 5 by Sept. 30 will not receive credit for the coursework in…

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DOD looks at funding’s effect on personnel, programs

Posted March 29, 2013 by Jim Garamone

Defense Department officials are looking at the recently signed continuing resolution that funds the government for the rest of the fiscal year to discern how the legislation affects personnel and programs, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said March 27. The legislation may mean fewer furlough days for defense civilian employees. “The full range of options…

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