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News Briefs May 17, 2013

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U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,085 As of May 14, 2013, at least 2,085 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 1,727 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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2001 authorization still legal basis for war, leaders say

Posted May 17, 2013 by Karen Parrish

The 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force remains viable more than a decade after its passing, a panel of defense leaders told Congress May 16. The authorization empowers the president ìto use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks…

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Army supports president’s request for 2015 BRAC round

Posted May 17, 2013 by C. Todd Lopez

As the Army cuts the number of soldiers in its ranks, there will be an excess of infrastructure in place that used to support those soldiers. Maintaining that extra unused infrastructure could mean other critical Army programs will suffer, said a senior official. “A future round of base realignment and closure, or BRAC, in the…

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Business

Raytheon’s newest Standard Missile-3 takes out complex, separating short-range ballistic missile target

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A Raytheon Standard Missile-3 Block IB fired from the USS Lake Erie destroyed a complex, separating short-range ballistic missile target with a sophisticated separating mock warhead. Despite stressing conditions designed to challenge the missile’s discrimination capabilities, the SM-3 successfully engaged the target using the sheer kinetic force of a massive collision in space. “Combatant commanders…

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U.S. Air Force photograph by Scott M. Ash
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Air Force Reserve submits construction plans to Senate

Posted May 17, 2013 by Col. Bob Thompson

U.S. Air Force photograph by Scott M. Ash Maj. Gen. Richard S. Haddad testifies during a hearing of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies, May 15, 2013, on Capitol Hill. Active and Reserve Component leaders testified to the subcommittee about the fiscal 2014 President’s Budget request and…

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Business

Lockheed Martin’s second generation Aegis BMDS successfully intercepts ballistic missile target

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Lockheed Martin’s second-generation Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense system achieved its fourth intercept since May 2012. The system successfully launched and guided a Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IB missile to engage a sophisticated, separating short-range ballistic missile target. During the Missile Defense Agency test, U.S. Navy sailors aboard USS Lake Erie (CG-70) used the Aegis BMD…

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Photograph by Frank Paul, University of Zurich
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Tech

NASA satellite data help pinpoint glaciersí role in sea level rise

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Photograph by Frank Paul, University of Zurich The Aletsch Glacier in Switzerland is the largest valley glacier in the Alps and it has been losing mass since the mid-19th century. A new study using data from two NASA satellites found that glaciers like this one lost an average of 571 trillion pounds of ice per…

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Space

NASA’s asteroid sample return mission moves into development

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NASA’s first mission to sample an asteroid is moving ahead into development and testing in preparation for its launch in 2016. The Origins-Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) passed a confirmation review May 15 called Key Decision Point-C. NASA officials reviewed a series of detailed project assessments and authorized the spacecraft’s continuation into…

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Air Force photograph by TSgt. Kenya Shiloh
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U.S. airmen train with Polish air force

Posted May 17, 2013 by TSgt. Kenya Shiloh

Air Force photograph by TSgt. Kenya Shiloh Members of the 115th Fighter Wing, Wisconsin Air National Guard, arrive at Lask Air Base, Poland, for Aviation Detachment Rotation 13-2, May 9, 2013. More than 100 Airmen will be working with the Polish air force for the first F-16 fighter aircraft rotation and second overall this year….

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Business

Aerojet Rocket Motors contribute to third Standard Missile-3 Block IB intercept

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Aerojet, a GenCorp company, announced May 16 that its propulsion systems successfully contributed to the third consecutive intercept test of Raytheon’s Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IB. The SM-3 Block IB missile is part of the Missile Defense Agency’s Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense system. During Flight Test Mission-19, the sea-based missile intercepted and destroyed a separating…

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