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Defense

‘Live synthetic’ Army’s next generation of simulation

Posted March 24, 2014 by David Vergun

Soldiers from a brigade combat team are at a combat training site doing a routine live-fire exercise. Well, maybe not so routine. Suddenly enemy jets pop out of the clouds streaking toward them. The soldiers scramble for cover as missiles rain down. They hear the explosions from the missiles impacting all around them, see the…

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Business

Boeing, South Africa’s Comair Limited announce order for eight 737 MAXs

Posted March 24, 2014 by

Boeing and Comair Limited announced an order March 19 for eight 737 MAX 8s, valued at $830 million at list prices. It is the first 737 MAX order announcement for an African operator. The order was booked in December 2013 and was previously unidentified on the Boeing Orders & Deliveries website. “We’re proud to be…

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News Briefs March 19, 2014

Posted March 19, 2014 by

Michigan to pilot initiative to help vets get jobs Michigan is one of three states chosen to pilot a new initiative intended to help military veterans find jobs. Michigan will join Iowa and Tennessee as the first states participating in the Hiring our Heroes program’s All Vet States program. State officials say participating in the…

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Events

Living history event

Posted March 19, 2014 by

Planes of Fame Air Museum in Chino, Calif., presents its monthly Living History Event 10 a.m.-noon, April 5. Museum doors open at 9 a.m. The topic for the†event is Pioneering Aircraft’ featuring the Northrop N9MB Flying Wing. A speaker panel of distinguished aviation experts, historians and veterans is featured, followed by a question and answer…

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Veterans

Care, benefits for vets strengthened by $164 billion VA budget

Posted March 19, 2014 by

Continuing the transformation of the Department of Veterans Affairs into a 21st century organization, the president has proposed a $163.9 billion budget, a 6.5 percent increase over fiscal year 2014, that will support VAís goals to expand access to health care and other benefits, eliminate the disability claims backlog, and end homelessness among veterans. The…

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Events

Blue Angels headline LA County Air Show

Posted March 19, 2014 by

The U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, will rock the skies of LA County headlining the Los Angeles County Air Show March 21 and 22 at William J. Fox Airfield. Gates open at 9 a.m., and the flying starts at noon. Air Show fans at the inaugural event will be captivated by an…

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Veterans

Social Security launches expedited vet disability process

Posted March 19, 2014 by

Social Security claims from veterans with a Veterans Affairs Department disability compensation rating of 100 percent permanent and total have a new process that will treat their applications as high priority and issue expedited decisions. Carolyn W. Colvin, acting Social Security commissioner, said the new process is similar to the way the agency currently handles…

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Former center director Lee Scherer remembered

Posted March 19, 2014 by

NASA photograph Members of Lee Scherer’s family join former center director Ken Szalai (left) and current center director David McBride (right) for a group portrait under the X-1E. Present and former directors of NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center joined together March 7 to reflect on a life of national service by the late Lee R….

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NASA Armstrong aircraft, exhibits featured at L.A. County Air Show

Posted March 19, 2014 by

NASA photograph by Tony Landis NASA’s high-altitude ER-2 aircraft No. 806 lifts off the runway at Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, Calif. NASA operates two ER-2s for airborne science research, electronic sensor research and development, satellite calibration and satellite data validation. NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center will have a major presence at the inaugural…

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Defense

Pentagon must focus on insider threat

Posted March 19, 2014 by Lolita C. Baldor

Reviews triggered by the Washington Navy Yard killings last year have concluded that threats to Defense Department personnel and facilities increasingly are coming from trusted insiders, and to defeat them the Pentagon must beef up security from within. An independent study and an internal review ordered after the September 2013 massacre and released Tuesday said…

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