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Acting Secretary: VA accepts special counsel’s findings

Posted June 23, 2014 by

The Veterans Affairs Department accepts the findings detailed in a letter from the U.S. Office of the General Counsel to President Barack Obama substantiating reports that whistleblowers who pointed out shortcomings in the department’s health care system for veterans were not heeded, the acting VA secretary said June 23. At VA, we depend on the…

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News Briefs June 18, 2014

Posted June 18, 2014 by

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,185 As of June 17, 2014, at least 2,185 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 1,813 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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Business

Northrop Grumman receives $238 million contract modification for LAIRCM missile defense system

Posted June 18, 2014 by

Northrop Grumman has been awarded a $238 million modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract from the U.S. Air Force to provide hardware and support for the Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasure system. Critical to the safe return of troops abroad, LAIRCM automatically detects a missile launch, determines if it is a threat and activates a…

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Tech

Experimental HiMAT aircraft has new home at NASA Armstrong

Posted June 18, 2014 by

NASA photograph The HiMAT subscale research aircraft, seen here during a research flight in December 1980, demonstrated advanced fighter technologies that have been used in the development of many modern high performance military aircraft. From mid-1979 to January 1983, two remotely piloted, experimental Highly Maneuverable Aircraft Technology) aircraft were flown at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research…

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Business

Northrop Grumman, U.S. Navy increase MQ-8B Fire Scout’s visual reach with modernized radar

Posted June 18, 2014 by

Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Navy demonstrated a new multimode maritime surveillance radar on the MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter that will drastically enhance long-range imaging and search capabilities for Navy commanders. War fighters will now have the latest in radar technology to pair with their current electro-optical infrared payload. Integrating this new radar system…

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Tech

NASA ER-2 aircraft continues Earth ecosystem research

Posted June 18, 2014 by

NASA photograph by Dean Neeley and Jeff Myers This color infrared composite image is made from three spectral bands of NASA’s MASTER instrument mounted on the agency’s high-altitude ER-2. The red areas depict green vegetation in Las Vegas on May 30. 2014. A study of Earth’s ecosystems and how they function is continuing in Southern…

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Space

NASA announces award recipients for space station research flight opportunity

Posted June 18, 2014 by

NASA has awarded $500,000 and payload flight opportunities for research and technology development onboard the International Space Station to academic institutions across the U.S. The awards are through NASA’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research. The academic research to be conducted by space station astronauts is in areas important to the agency’s missions. These include…

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NASA astronauts David Leestma, Andrew Thomas retire

Posted June 18, 2014 by

NASA photographs NASA astronauts David Leestma and Andrew Thomas are retiring from the astronaut corps after a combined 66 years in federal service. NASA has bid farewell to two veteran astronauts who have retired after a combined 66 years of federal service. David Leestma has retired after more than 44 years of government service. A…

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Events

Special Olympics

Posted June 18, 2014 by Linda KC Reynolds

Photograph courtesy of Linda Sherar TSgt. Della Santiago, 412 CPTS/CSS and 54 airmen from Edwards Air Force Base award medals, give high-fives and hugs to athletes during a Special Olympics event at Palmdale High School May 10, 2014. Palmdale is an official host town for the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles July 25-Aug….

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Defense

SecAF outlines changes for nuclear force

Posted June 18, 2014 by SFC Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James outlined new incentives and measures designed to change the culture of the service’s nuclear force June 17. Following a cheating scandal involving intercontinental ballistic missile launch officers at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana, and the subsequent relief of nine officers, a commander’s retirement and 91 other airmen…

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