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NASA spacecraft detects aurora, mysterious dust cloud around Mars

Posted March 18, 2015 by

University of Colorado image Artistís conception of MAVENís Imaging UltraViolet Spectrograph (IUVS) observing the ìChristmas Lights Aurora” on Mars. MAVEN observations show that aurora on Mars is similar to Earthís “Northern Lights” but has a different origin. NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution spacecraft has observed two unexpected phenomena in the Martian atmosphere: an unexplained…

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Defense

Report details causes of December mid-air collision at Pope

Posted March 18, 2015 by

Air Mobility Command released the results of its accident investigation board regarding a Dec. 1, 2014, mid-air collision near Pope Army Airfield and Fort Bragg, N.C. A C-130 Hercules assigned to Air Force Reserve Commandís 440th Airlift Wing, and a C-27J assigned to the Army Special Operations Command Flight Company, both at Pope AAF, collided…

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Business

Machinists seek union vote; Boeing opposes move at SC plant

Posted March 18, 2015 by Bruce Smith

The Machinists union March 16 asked for an election so about 2,400 Boeing production workers in South Carolina can decide whether they want union representation. The aeronautics giant immediately responded that a union is not in the best interests of the company, the workers or the state. Union spokesman Frank Larkin said that the Machinists…

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News Briefs March 16, 2015

Posted March 16, 2015 by

Venezuela conducts military exercises, citing U.S. threat Venezuelan soldiers are starting 10 days of military exercises that the president of the socialist-governed South American country says are needed to protect against a looming threat from the U.S. Nearly 100,000 members of the Venezuelan armed forces began conducting exercises at points all over country March 14….

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Business

UTC to explore strategic alternatives for Sikorsky aircraft business

Posted March 16, 2015 by

United Technologies Corp. announced March 11 that its board of directors has authorized a review of strategic alternatives for the corporation’s Sikorsky Aircraft business, including a potential tax-free spinoff. “As part of the portfolio review announced last December, we are exploring strategic options for Sikorsky to determine the best way to enhance its long-term success…

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Defense

Directive opens 4,100 special ops positions to women

Posted March 16, 2015 by David Vergun

Army photograph Then-Maj. Michele P. Harper, a pilot with the 449th Theater Aviation Brigade, out of Morrisville, N.C., prepares for takeoff. At then time, Harper, a Hendersonville, N.C., native was the only female Black Hawk helicopter pilot in the North Carolina Army National Guard. A directive signed by Army Secretary John M. McHugh, Feb. 25,…

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Service members involved in UH-60 crash identified

Posted March 16, 2015 by

The U.S. Marine Corps Forces, U.S. Special Operations Command and the Louisiana National Guard has formally announced the names of the seven Marines and four soldiers who died in an Army UH-60 Black Hawk crash near Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., at approximately 8:30 p.m., March 10. They include: Marine Capt. Stanford H. Shaw, III,…

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Defense

E-2D Hawkeye maiden deployment

Posted March 16, 2015 by Smn. Anthony Hopkins II

The Tigertails of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 125 bring a new capability to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) as their new aircraft replaces the aging E-2C Hawkeye. This is the first time E-2D Hawkeyes will serve as the primary early-warning aircraft aboard a deployed aircraft carrier. “VAW-125 is our…

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Business

Boeing recognized for successful small business mentorship

Posted March 16, 2015 by

Boeing and Huntsville, Ala.,-based Victory Solutions Inc. are among 14 pair of contractor-supplier partners selected by the U.S. Department of Defense for the prestigious Nunn-Perry Award. The honor, named for former U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn and former Defense Secretary William Perry, recognizes companies who mentor small businesses, sharing expertise that enables them to grow by…

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News Briefs March 11, 2015

Posted March 11, 2015 by

Delivery of stealthy destroyer to Navy to be delayed The complexity of the stealthy Zumwalt destroyer will delay delivery of the first two ships. The Navy says delivery of the Zumwalt, originally set for this summer, has been pushed back to November, and delivery of the second ship in the class is being pushed back…

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