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NATO defense ministers set post-2014 Afghanistan mission

Posted June 5, 2013 by Karen Parrish

NATO defense ministerial meetings June 4 and 5helped to cement the allianceís commitment to a ìtrain, advise and assistî mission that will begin after the International Security Assistance Force disbands at the end of 2014, NATOís senior civilian leader said June 5. The end of 2014 will mark the end of our combat mission, but…

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DOD announces research equipment awards

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The Department of Defense June 3 announced awards to 140 university researchers at 77 academic institutions to support the purchase of research instrumentation and equipment. The awards total $38.7 million and are being made under the Defense University Research Instrumentation Program. The Defense University Research Instrumentation Program supports the purchase of state of the art…

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DRS Technologies to provide U.S. Air Force with new Minuteman III transporter erector vehicle

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DRS Technologies, Inc., a Finmeccanica Company, has received a $25 million contract from the U.S. Air Force for the design, development and delivery of two Transporter Erector Replacement Vehicles to support the Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile Minuteman III fleet. If all options are exercised by the Air Force, the total program value for up to 26…

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VA hires more than 1,600 mental health professionals to meet goal

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Expands access to care, outreach efforts, directs nationwide community mental health summits The Department of Veterans Affairs announced June 3 that it has met the goal to hire 1,600 new mental health professionals outlined in President Obamaís Aug. 31, 2012, Executive Order to Improve Access to Mental Health Services for Veterans, Service Members, and Military…

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NASA partners with LEGO Group for design, build contest

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NASA and the LEGO Group are partnering to inspire the next generation of aerospace engineers by offering a new design competition. The competition will spur students of all ages to use the toy bricks in building models of future airplanes and spacecraft. The “NASA’s Missions: Imagine and Build” competition opens Wednesday with an entry deadline…

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Rocket launch postponed from Wallops Flight Facility In Virginia

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The launch tonight [June 5] of a Black Brant XII suborbital rocket from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility, Va., has been postponed. The mission was postponed due to insufficient time to cool the instruments on the payload down to the required temperatures before launch. The launch is now scheduled between 11 and 11:59 p.m., June 5.†…

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Air Force appoints first female chief scientist

Posted June 5, 2013 by SrA. Carlin Leslie

The Air Force appointed the service’s first female chief scientist to lead the way in the technology and science fields. Dr. Mica Endsley assumed her new duties and responsibilities as the 34th chief scientist June 3 in support of Air Force senior leaders and Airmen across the service. “Having served on the Air Force Scientific…

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Patriots, F-16s may remain in Jordan after Eager Lion exercise

Posted June 5, 2013 by Jim Garamone

The United States could leave Patriot anti-missile batteries and F-16 fighter jets in Jordan following the end of Exercise Eager Lion, a Pentagon spokesman said June 5. Jordan has requested the batteries, but Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has not yet reviewed it, Army Col. Steve Warren told reporters. Hagel is returning from NATO meetings in…

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After three decades, maintainers keep B-1 on top

Posted June 5, 2013 by A1C Charles V. Rivezzo

Air Force photograph by SrA. Brett Clashman Senior Airman Jonathon Hartman, 7th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, marshals in a B-1B Lancer during Green Flag-West 11-10 Sept. 20, 2011, at Nellis AFB, Nev. With a career that spans across three decades and a war fighting reputation that rivals nearly every…

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Lockheed Martin completes functional testing of first GPS III satellite bus electronic systems

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A Lockheed Martin-led industry team has completed successful functional integration tests of the spacecraft bus and network communications equipment on the first satellite of the next generation Global Positioning System, known as GPS III. The recent testing of GPS III space vehicle 1 (SV 1) bus ñ the portion of the space vehicle that carries…

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