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January 5, 2014

Headlines January 4, 2014

News:

Issa bill would end Saturday mail to repeal military pension cut -

A top House Republican has proposed legislation that would  replace the controversial new cut in pension benefits for working-age military retirees by allowing the U.S. Postal Service to end Saturday mail delivery.

 

Business:

Critical vote looms for Boeing machinists -

Members of Boeing’s largest union in Washington State will vote Jan. 3 on the company’s latest contract proposal, and Boeing officials are warning it’s the last chance to guarantee a major new assembly line worth billions of dollars and thousands of jobs stays in the Puget Sound region.

India scraps AgustaWestland chopper contract on graft probe -

India scrapped a $753 million deal to buy helicopters from Anglo-Italian company AgustaWestland following a 15-month corruption investigation and said it’s preparing an arbitration fight it is seeking to avoid.

 

Defense:

Pentagon’s new warfare: Battle of the sexes -

As the armed forces shrink and withdraw from some global hot spots, their agenda for the battle of the sexes grows. The Pentagon under the Obama administration has devoted considerable hours in public and private to sorting out same-sex relationships, the roles of women in the foxhole and ways to stop sexual assaults. Now, another issue has arisen: gender transformation. 

Bill would give illegals citizenship through service -

A Colorado lawmaker is urging Congress to pass legislation that would give illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children a path to citizenship through military enlistment.

Military propaganda websites on verge of extinction -

Barring a reprieve tucked into the upcoming $1 trillion spending bill working its way through Congress, the Pentagon’s worldwide network of propaganda websites is nearing death. 

Human Terrain System tab up to $726 million since 2007 -

Newly released budget figures show the military has paid $726 million since 2007 to send social scientists to battlefields, a program with documented cases of fraud and racial and sexual harassment.

 

Space:

Is Earth heavier than we think? -

Ever since scientists have theorized that dark matter exists, concrete evidence of the elusive substance has continued to confound them. Now, data from a number of GPS satellites suggest that a halo of the strange matter may be surrounding Earth, causing our planet to be heavier than first believed.  

Alien clouds blanket nearby ‘super-Earth’ exoplanet, Hubble data show -

One of the best-studied nearby extrasolar planets — a body just a little larger than Earth — is swaddled in alien clouds, researchers have found. It is the smallest and most Earth-like world yet to yield the secrets of its atmosphere. Another study has found tantalizing hints of clouds on a larger, Neptune-sized world. The pair of discoveries, reported in Nature, suggests that clouds may envelop many exoplanets.

 

International:

Israel tests Arrow missile shield, eyes Syria, Iran -

Israel successfully tested its upgraded Arrow ballistic missile interceptor for the second time Jan. 3, pushing forward work on a U.S.-backed defense against threats seen from Iran, Syria and Lebanon’s Hezbollah guerillas.

Is World War Three about to start … by accident? -

Perhaps it is possible — and how nice it would be to believe this — that war between the greatest nations on earth has been abolished. The cost and the threat of nuclear escalation is so horrendous that reason argues that nothing remotely resembling the 20th century’s vast global clashes can ever happen again.




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News Briefs February 27, 2015

Ukraine will start pulling back heavy weapons in the east Ukraine’s military says it will start pulling back its heavy weapons from the front line with Russian-backed separatists as required under a cease-fire agreement. The Defense Ministry said in a statement Feb. 26 that it reserved the right to revise its withdrawal plans in the...
 
 

Northrop Grumman’s AstroMesh reflector successfully deploys for NASA’s SMAP satellite

The NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory successfully deployed the mesh reflector and boom aboard the Soil Moisture Active Passive spacecraft, a key milestone on its mission to provide global measurements of soil moisture. Launched Jan. 31, SMAP represents the future of Earth Science by helping researchers better understand our planet. SMAP’s unmatched data capabilities are enabled...
 
 
NASA photograph by Brian Tietz

NASA offers space tech grants to early career university faculty

NASA photograph by Brian Tietz Tensegrity research is able to simulate multiple forms of locomotion. In this image, a prototype tensegrity robot reproduces forward crawling motion. NASA’s Space Technology Mission Director...
 

 
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USS Fort Worth conducts CUES with Chinese Navy

The littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) practiced the Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea (CUES) with the People’s Liberation Army-Navy Jiangkai II frigate Hengshui (FFG 572) Feb. 23 enhancing the professional ma...
 
 

AEGIS tracks, simulates engagement of three short-range ballistic missiles

The Missile Defense Agency and sailors aboard the guided-missile destroyers USS Carney (DDG 64), USS Gonzalez (DDG 66), and USS Barry (DDG 52) successfully completed a flight test involving the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense weapon system. At approximately 2:30 a.m., EST, Feb. 26, three short-range ballistic missile targets were launched near simultaneously from NASA’s Wallops...
 
 

DOD seeks novel ideas to shape its technological future

The Defense Department is seeking novel ideas to shape its future, and officials are looking to industry, small business, academia, start-ups, the public – anyone, really – to boost its ability to prevail against adversaries whose access to technology grows daily. The program, called the Long-Range Research and Development Plan, or LRRDP, began with an...
 




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