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News Briefs February 28, 2014

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Hagel: troop withdrawal could prose problems U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says withdrawing all U.S. military advisers from Afghanistan after the combat mission ends in December would risk an ìerosion of confidence among Afghan security forces. Hagel made the comment at a news conference in Brussels after a NATO defense ministers meeting at which the…

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NASA, JAXA launch new satellite to measure global rain, snow

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NASA photograph by Bill Ingalls A Japanese H-IIA rocket with the NASA-Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Global Precipitation Measurement Core Observatory onboard, is seen launching from the Tanegashima Space Center in Tanegashima, Japan. The Global Precipitation Measurement Core Observatory, a joint Earth-observing mission between NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, thundered into space at 1:37…

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Official gives Congress details on fatal helo attack

Posted February 28, 2014 by Nick Simeone

Two and a half years after 30 Americans were killed in what stands as the deadliest day for U.S. forces in the Afghanistan war, a top Defense Department official told Congress Feb. 27 no evasive action could have been taken that would have prevented Taliban insurgents from being able to fire at close range on…

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Northrop Grumman Australia completes acquisition of Qantas Defence Services

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Northrop Grumman Australia Pty Limited, a subsidiary of Northrop Grumman, has completed the acquisition of Qantas Defence Services Pty Limited, now called Northrop Grumman Integrated Defence Services Pty Limited, a provider of integrated logistics, sustainment and modernization support primarily to Australian government and military customers. IDS operates as a part of Northrop Grumman Australia and…

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NASA Commercial Crew Partners complete space system milestones

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NASA’s aerospace industry partners continue to meet milestones under agreements with the agency’s Commercial Crew Program (CCP), as they move forward in their development of spacecraft and rockets that will transport humans to destinations in low-Earth orbit. Blue Origin, Boeing Space Exploration, Sierra Nevada Corporation and SpaceX each are developing unique transportation systems, and each…

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DOD enacts faster, more agile technology acquisitions process

Posted February 28, 2014 by Claudette Roulo

Information technology programs represent a considerable portion of all acquisition programs within the Defense Department, the assistant secretary of defense for acquisition said Feb. 26. In fiscal year 2010, the National Defense Authorization Act directed that DOD develop and implement new acquisitions processes for IT systems, Katrina G. McFarland said during a hearing of the…

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Lockheed Martin breaks ground on new cruise missile annex in Alabama

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Lockheed Martin broke ground Feb. 27 for its Pike County Operations Long Range Strike Systems cruise missile production annex in Troy, Ala. The planned 62,000 square-foot annex will expand the existing 92,000-square-foot manufacturing facility where the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM) is produced. The facility also produced test missiles for the Long Range Anti-Ship Missile…

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Hagel Talks with troops about 2015 Defense Budget request

Posted February 28, 2014 by Cheryl Pellerin

Glenn Fawcett, DoDDefense Secretary Chuck Hagel chats with two Army drill sergeants during his visit to Fort Eustis, Va., Tuesday. Hagel, who also visited nearby Langley Air Force Base, is on a three-day trip during which he will participate in NATO meetings for defense ministers in Brussels. ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT — In spotless aircraft…

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News Briefs February 24, 2014

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Taliban says it suspends talks on held U.S. soldier Afghanistans Taliban said Feb. 23 they had suspended ìmediationî with the United States to exchange captive Sgt. Bowe Berdahl for five senior Taliban prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay, halting ñ at least temporarily ñ what was considered the best chance yet of securing the 27-year-old soldiers…

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DOD takes holistic view of slowing military compensation growth

Posted February 24, 2014 by Jim Garamone

The Defense Department can no longer put off slowing the growth of military personnel costs, and the fiscal year 2015 budget request DOD is recommending to the president begins that process, defense leaders said here today. Saying they are ready to take on the hard task of curbing growth in compensation, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel…

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