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Raytheon awarded DARPA contract to research and develop new approach to cyber mission execution

Posted February 7, 2014 by

Raytheon was awarded a $9.8 million contract by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency as part of its Plan X program, which seeks to help U.S. government agencies plan, execute and assess cyber network operations. Raytheon’s research and development is focused on enabling the Department of Defense to predictably and rapidly scale and execute cyber…

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NASA announces fifth round of CubeSat space mission candidates

Posted February 7, 2014 by

NASA has selected 16 small satellites from nine states to fly as auxiliary payloads aboard rockets planned to launch in 2015, 2016 and 2017. The proposed CubeSats come from universities across the country, a primary school, non-profit organizations and NASA field centers. CubeSats are a class of research spacecraft called nanosatellites. The cube-shaped satellites measure…

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Mojave Air & Space Port to host business conference

Posted February 7, 2014 by

Mojave Air & Space Port, birthplace of private sector leaps in aerospace technology, will be the site for the Southern California high desert and mountain regionís largest economic conference Feb. 21, 2014. The day-long 42nd annual Antelope Valley Business Outlook Conference will include a regional economic forecast and presentations by leaders in business, industry, military,…

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Navy probes cheating allegations at nuke reactor school

Posted February 7, 2014 by Jim Garamone

About 30 of 150 watch-standers at the Navyís Charleston Nuclear Power Training Unit in South Carolina are being investigated for alleged cheating on a written qualification exam, the chief of naval operations said Feb. 4. The incident came to light yesterday, and Navy officials are taking quick action to investigate the situation and apply corrective…

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Business

AIAA names aerospace spotlight award recipients

Posted February 7, 2014 by

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics recently announced the 2014 recipients of its most prestigious awards. Presentation of these awards, and the recognition of the newly elected Fellows and Honorary Fellows of the Institute, will take place April 30 at the AIAA Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade…

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News Briefs February 5, 2014

Posted February 5, 2014 by

U.S. official: Snowden leaks lead to Pentagon change A top U.S. military intelligence official says the Pentagon will have to make costly changes to programs and personnel because of leaks by former National Security Agency analyst Edward Snowden. Defense Intelligence Agency chief Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn told Congress Feb. 4 that his agency has to…

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Business

General Dynamics awarded $520 million for Virginia-Class submarine procurement

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The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $520 million contract modification to buy long lead-time material for four Virginia-class submarines, SSN-794, SSN-795, SSN-796 and SSN-797. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics. The contract provides funding for steam and electrical-plant components, main propulsion unit and ship-service turbine generator sets,…

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Embry-Riddle Worldwide to offer UAS workshop in Las Vegas

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Professionals looking to gain a better understanding of the emerging unmanned aircraft systems industry can take advantage of a two-day course being offered in Las Vegas Feb. 27 to 28 by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide. Topics to be discussed include: introduction and impact of UAS; UAS designs; legislation, certification and regulation; industry concerns; applications; operational…

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NASA evolves student rocketry challenge, enhances ties to space launch system

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Student teams from 26 colleges and universities in 16 states and Puerto Rico will design and launch innovative rockets and payloads as part of the 2013-2014 NASA Student Launch rocketry competition. The NASA Student Launch will be held May 15-17 at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Tooele County, Utah. There, the student teams will undergo…

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Report: U.S. troop morale higher in Afghanistan

Posted February 5, 2014 by Pauline Jelinek

U.S. soldiers had higher morale and suffered fewer mental health problems in Afghanistan last year as they handed off more duties to Afghans and saw less combat themselves, according to a report released Feb. 3. The Army report was drawn from a battlefield survey and interviews in June and July. It was the ninth time…

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