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Defense

New base opens possibilities for Iraqi forces, Dempsey says

Posted June 12, 2015 by Jim Garamone

The addition of up to 450 troops and the opening of a training base in Taqaddam, Iraq, is an adjustment to the campaign, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said in Naples, Italy, June 11. The adjustment fits in with the strategy to enable Iraqi forces to take the fight to the Islamic…

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Space

Expedition 43 crew departs space station, lands safely in Kazakhstan

Posted June 12, 2015 by

Three crew members of the International Space Station returned to Earth June 11 after a 199-day mission that included several spacewalks, technology demonstrations, and hundreds of scientific experiments spanning multiple disciplines, including human and plant biology. Expedition 43 Commander Terry Virts of NASA, Flight Engineers Anton Shkaplerov of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and…

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Business

Boeing, Myanmar National Airlines celebrate first Next-Generation 737-800 delivery

Posted June 12, 2015 by

Boeing and Myanmar National Airlines celebrated the delivery of the airline’s first Next-Generation 737-800 leased from GE Capital Aviation Services, the commercial aircraft leasing arm of GE. The celebration also marked the first all-new Boeing airplane to be delivered to any Myanmar-based airline. The airplane is the first to feature Myanmar National Airlines’ new livery…

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World

Constitutional questions grow over Japan PM’s military plans

Posted June 12, 2015 by Mari Yamaguchi

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s pledge to the U.S. to increase Japan’s military contribution internationally is facing more questions about potential conflicts with the nation’s pacifist Constitution. Opposition lawmakers demanded answers from key Cabinet members at a hearing June 10, after three prominent constitution experts–including one chosen by Abe’s ruling party–unanimously told a parliamentary committee…

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Local

DHS student awarded DAR bronze medal

Posted June 10, 2015 by Rebecca Amber

Air Force photograph by Rebecca Amber Cadet Lt. Col. Krista Antonio was awarded a bronze medal from the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution for her record of military and scholastic achievement as member of the Desert High School JROTC. The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution has presented…

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Local

News Briefs June 10, 2015

Posted June 10, 2015 by

Governor vetoes bill limiting Nevada National Guard benefits Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval has issued his first veto from the 2015 legislative session on a relatively obscure bill dealing with life insurance premiums for Nevada National Guard members. Sandoval opted June 8 to prevent AB472 from becoming law. The measure unanimously passed the Senate and Assembly…

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Space

NASA’s LDSD project completes second experimental test flight

Posted June 10, 2015 by

NASA photograph by Bill Ingalls NASA’s Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator hangs from a launch tower at U.S. Navy’s Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii. The saucer-shaped vehicle will test two devices for landing heavy payloads on Mars: an inflatable donut-shaped device and a supersonic parachute. The launch tower helps link the vehicle to a balloon;…

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Space

NASA releases detailed global climate change projections

Posted June 10, 2015 by

NASA photograph The new NASA global data set combines historical measurements with data from climate simulations using the best available computer models to provide forecasts of how global temperature (shown here) and precipitation might change up to 2100 under different greenhouse gas emissions scenarios. NASA has released data showing how temperature and rainfall patterns worldwide…

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Business

Raytheon completes lab testing on AMRAAM-ER, NASAMS integration

Posted June 10, 2015 by

Raytheon has completed extensive lab testing on a new extended range variant of the combat-proven AMRAAM├ć. The tests validate that AMRAAM-ER can be integrated and employed from the NASAMS launcher. Designed specifically for ground-based air defense, AMRAAM-ER will be combined with AN/MPQ-64 F1Sentinel radar and the NASAMS launcher to provide increased air defense protection in…

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Business

NASA Administrator visits Northrop Grumman to view Webb space telescope

Posted June 10, 2015 by

REDONDO BEACH, Calif.–NASA Administrator Charles Bolden visited Northrop Grumman’s Redondo Beach facility May 28 to see the progress on the agency’s James Webb Space Telescope. Northrop Grumman is under contract to NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., and leads the industry team that designs and develops the Webb Telescope’s optics, sunshield and spacecraft….

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