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March 19, 2014

News Briefs March 19, 2014

Michigan to pilot initiative to help vets get jobs

Michigan is one of three states chosen to pilot a new initiative intended to help military veterans find jobs.

Michigan will join Iowa and Tennessee as the first states participating in the Hiring our Heroes program’s All Vet States program. State officials say participating in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s initiative will give Michigan more visibility as a destination for active-duty members transitioning to civilian life.

Hiring our Heroes will feature Michigan on its website and link to a state website. Gov. Rick Snyder made the announcement Tuesday at his economic summit in Grand Rapids.

The state expects 30,000 to 50,000 veterans to move to Michigan in the next three to five years. Hiring our Heroes’ director credits Michigan for being ìvery activeî in recruiting veterans to the state. AP

U.K. suspends military cooperation with Russia

British Foreign Secretary William Hague says the United Kingdom is suspending military cooperation with Russia in light of the crisis over Ukraine.

Speaking shortly after Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a treaty to annex Crimea from neighboring Ukraine, Hague told British lawmakers March 19 that it is regrettable that Putin is choosing a path of isolation in the annexation of Crimea and denying Russian and Crimean citizens of a partnership with the international community.

Hague said the U.K. is suspending military export licenses to Russia, has canceled naval exercises and suspended a proposed Royal Navy ship visit to Russia.

He said this is not the relationship Britain wants with Russia, but one it is being forced to have. AP

Feds extend Lockheed management of Sandia

The federal government says it will extend Lockheed Martin’s contract to manage Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, N.M., for two more years.

The announcement March 17 is a reversal of sorts from the National Nuclear Security Administration, which two years ago said it planned to open the management contract to competition.

In a statement, the NNSA says it decided to wait until studies on improving management and performance across the Department of Energy are completed so the contract bidding process can include recommendations from advisory panels. The two-year extension includes an option to renew the contract for a third year.

In a statement to employees, Sandia President Paul Hommert called the extension ìa positive development that offers stability for the Labs and the workforce.î AP




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