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December 20, 2013

Headlines December 20, 2013

Defense:

General orders review of tracking battlefield awards -

The top U.S. commander for the Persian Gulf has ordered a review of how recommendations for battlefield awards are tracked by the Afghanistan command, which lost the paperwork for a Medal of Honor nominee and for other heroes.

 

Space:

Gaia ‘billion-star surveyor’ lifts off -

Europe has launched the Gaia satellite – one of the most ambitious space missions in history. The 740m-euro observatory lifted off from the Sinnamary complex in French Guiana at 06:12 local time.

 

International:

United Kingdom: Defense cuts making our military a ‘hollow force’ -

The head of the Armed Forces last night condemned ‘negligent’ defence cuts which risk leaving the military ‘a hollow force.’ Gen. Sir Nick Houghton, Chief of the Defence Staff, said there was a huge  danger Britain would have too much  ‘exquisite’ state-of-the-art equipment but not enough troops to man it.

United Kingdom: David Cameron flies to Brussels determined to fight EU drones program -

David Cameron travels to Brussels Dec. 19 intent on fighting plans by the European Union countries to develop its own drone program. An EU summit which starts today is expected to support the idea of a European drone program, but has yet to fund it, according to draft conclusions.

Britain’s military drone base opens its doors for cameras for first time -

Military chiefs have opened the doors to Britain’s drone nerve centre in Lincolnshire for the first time, allowing cameras to see how the unmanned aircraft are operated and the “pilots” who operate them.

Military trial in U.S. being considered for Russian detained in Afghanistan -

The Obama administration is actively considering the use of a military commission in the United States to try a Russian who was captured fighting with the Taliban several years ago and has been held by the U.S. military at a detention facility near Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan, former and current U.S. officials said.




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Headlines April 18, 2014

Business: Lockheed to Lose 17 F-35s Under Automatic Pentagon Cuts - Pentagon will cut 17 of the 343 F-35 fighters it planned to buy from Lockheed Martin in fiscal 2016 through 2019 unless Congress repeals automatic budget cuts, according to a new Defense Department report. DOD looking for ways not to break MH-60R helo deal - The...
 
 

News Briefs April 18, 2013

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,177 As of April 15, 2014, at least 2,177 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,802 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result...
 
 
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F-35 fleet surpasses 15,000 flying hours

The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II fleet recently surpassed 15,000 flight hours, marking a major milestone for the program.  “Flying 15,000 hours itself demonstrates that the program is maturing, but what I think is e...
 

 
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NASA Cassini images may reveal birth of new Saturn moon

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has documented the formation of a small icy object within the rings of Saturn that may be a new moon, and may also provide clues to the formation of the planet’s known moons. Images taken w...
 
 

NASA completes LADEE mission with planned impact on Moon’s surface

Ground controllers at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., have confirmed that NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer spacecraft impacted the surface of the moon, as planned, between 9:30 and 10:22 p.m., PDT, April 17. LADEE lacked fuel to maintain a long-term lunar orbit or continue science operations and was intentionally sent...
 
 
Photograph courtesy of NASA Ames/SETI Institute/JPL-Caltech

NASA’s Kepler telescope discovers first Earth-size planet in ‘habitable zone’

Photograph courtesy of NASA Ames/SETI Institute/JPL-Caltech Kepler-186f resides in the Kepler-186 system about 500 light-years from Earth in the constellation Cygnus. The system is also home to four inner planets, seen lined up...
 




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