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News Briefs December 11, 2013

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U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,153 As of Dec. 10, 2013, at least 2,153 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 1,785 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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NASA developing legs for space station’s Robonaut 2

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NASA engineers are developing climbing legs for the International Space Station’s robotic crewmember Robonaut 2, marking another milestone in space humanoid robotics. The legless R2, currently attached to a support post, is undergoing experimental trials with astronauts aboard the orbiting laboratory. Since its arrival at the station in February 2011, R2 has performed a series…

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DARPA pioneers tactical mobile devices for soldiers

Posted December 11, 2013 by Cheryl Pellerin

DARPA photograph An International Security Assistance Force soldier on patrol in a remote forward location in Afghanistan uses a secure mobile handheld device. For the first time in any war, U.S. soldiers on foot patrol across Afghanistan can use secure mobile handheld devices and infantry-tailored apps to access digital maps, set up and share routes,…

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Lockheed Martin, U.S. Navy strengthen international alliance with helicopter acceptance

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The Royal Australian Navy accepted the first two MH-60R helicopters from the U.S. Navy in a ceremony Dec. 10 at the Lockheed Martin facility in Owego, N.Y. “The advanced anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare capabilities of the MH-60 Romeo are a game-changer in shifting the advantage from the submarine to the helicopter, which is essential in…

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Mars One selects Lockheed Martin to study first private unmanned mission to Mars

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Mars One has selected Lockheed Martin to develop a mission concept study for its Mars lander spacecraft. The lander will be based on the successful 2007 NASA Phoenix spacecraft and will be a technology demonstrator. Slated for a 2018 launch, the mission will provide proof of concept for some of the technologies that are important…

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AF officials announce fiscal 2014 civilian workforce shaping

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The Air Force will reduce the size of its civilian workforce by about 900 positions in addition to maintaining approximately 7,000 vacancies across the force to meet the demands of a constrained fiscal 2014 budget, officials announced. Specific reductions by location have not been determined. The Air Force will implement civilian workforce shaping initiatives, along…

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Apache M-TADS/PNVS team receives second Secretary of Defense PBL Award

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The U.S. Army and Lockheed Martin Apache Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor team was honored with a 2013 Secretary of Defense Performance Based Logistics Award recognizing outstanding achievements in providing soldiers with exceptional operational support. The team received the subsystem level PBL award, which is one of three presented annually to recognize…

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VA official outlines progress in reducing claims backlog

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A senior Veterans Affairs Department official Dec. 11 outlined progress made by the Veterans Benefits Administration in reducing the backlog of veterans disability compensation and pension claims by 36 percent since March, attributing the success to the combined impact of transformation initiatives and increased employee productivity. Allison A. Hickey, undersecretary of veterans affairs for benefits,…

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News Briefs December 9, 2013

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Army seeks Fort Irwin ties to Afghan murder Army investigators are asking for the public’s help in Southern California to solve the 2009 murder of a soldier in Afghanistan. The Victorville Daily Press reports Dec. 6 that authorities believe someone in the Fort Irwin area may have details about the murder of 31-year-old Sgt. Anton…

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Astrium, Raytheon team to compete for NATO ballistic missile defense work

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Astrium, the world’s second largest space company, and Raytheon signed a teaming agreement that formalizes the companies’ plans to compete for the role as lead system engineers and integrators for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s Ballistic Missile Defense Program. NATO’s BMD Program oversees the development and execution of ballistic missile defense capabilities, which expanded in…

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