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VA has converted more than 30 percent of disability claims into digital files

Posted July 19, 2013 by

The Department of Veterans Affairs has reached another milestone in its disability claims transformation process ñ more othan 30 percent of the current disability claims inventory is now digital and accessible to claim raters in VAís electronic claims processing system, which has now been fielded ahead of schedule at all 56 Regional Offices across the…

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Space

2013 NASA Advanced Technology Phase I Concepts selected for study

Posted July 19, 2013 by

NASA has selected 12 proposals for study under Phase I of the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts Program, which aims to turn science fiction into fact. The selected proposals include a wide range of imaginative concepts, including 3-D printing of biomaterials, such as arrays of cells; using galactic rays to map the insides of asteroids; and…

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Defense

KC-46 critical design review nearing completion

Posted July 19, 2013 by

The Air Force and Boeing successfully conducted the KC-46 critical design review, or CDR, from July 8-10 at the Boeing facility in Mukilteo, Wash. The KC-46 weapon system CDR was the culmination of nine months of component and sub-system design reviews, which blended the best practices of both the commercial and Department of Defense frameworks….

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Business

New military communications satellite built by Lockheed Martin launches successfully

Posted July 19, 2013 by

The second Mobile User Objective System satellite built by Lockheed Martin for the U.S. Navy is responding to commands after being launched July 19 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The Lockheed Martin-led initialization team is now commanding the satellite from the Naval Satellite Operations Center located at the Naval Base Ventura County, Point…

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Soldier missing from Korean War identified

Posted July 19, 2013 by

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced July 18 that the remains of a serviceman, missing from the Korean War, have been identified and have been returned to his family for burial with full military honors. Army Sgt. Bernard J. Fisher of Wilkes Barre, Penn., was buried July 16, in Arlington National Cemetery. In…

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Tech

NASA announces effort to form new collaborative partnerships with private space industry

Posted July 19, 2013 by

NASA officials July 17 released a synopsis requesting information from U.S. private enterprises interested in pursuing unfunded partnerships. The aim is to advance the development of commercial space products and services. The Collaborations for Commercial Space Capabilities synopsis describes a potential opportunity for existing and new companies and non-profit organizations to access NASA’s spaceflight expertise…

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Space

NASA’s Hubble shows link between stars’ ages and their orbits

Posted July 19, 2013 by

Astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have determined the orbital motion of two distinct populations of stars in an ancient globular star cluster, offering proof they formed at different times and providing a rare look back into the Milky Way galaxy’s early days. Researchers led by Harvey Richer of the University of British Columbia in…

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Aircraft mishap at Sheppard Air Force Base

Posted July 19, 2013 by

A T-38 Talon crashed at approximately 6:48 a.m., CDC, July 19 just south of Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas. It carried two people on board, a student pilot and instructor pilot. Both pilots ejected safely and one was taken to United Regional. An investigation into the accident is underway. The public is asked to cooperate…

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Defense

CSAF says readiness harmed by steep cuts

Posted July 19, 2013 by Claudette Roulo

The rigid requirements of sequestration spending cuts have made it difficult for the Air Force to maintain readiness, the service’s top officer said July 17. Speaking to CNN’s John King at the annual Aspen Institute Security Forum in Aspen, Colo., Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III said each service has four…

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Business

General Dynamics dedicates new facility in Healdsburg, Calif.

Posted July 19, 2013 by

General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics, dedicated its new Healdsburg, Calif., facility July 17 at 190 Foss Creek Circle. A ribbon-cutting ceremony and facility tour was held with employees, local business and community leaders, customers and government personnel. The state-of-the-art facility is designed to meet the rigorous standards of…

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