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Veterans

Face of Defense: France honors World War II veterans

Posted July 3, 2014 by PO1 Class David Kolmel

Navy photograph by PO1 David Kolmel Aboard the French FlorÈal-class frigate FS Prairial berthed in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Rear Adm. Anne Cullere, commander in chief of French forces in the Pacific, presents U.S. World War II veteran Shuji Akiyama, whoíd fought with the 100th Battalion, the French Nation Order of the Legion of Honor during…

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Image courtesy of NASA/JPL/SSI/Univ. of Arizona/G. Mitri/University of Nantes
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Space

Ocean on Saturn moon could be as salty as Dead Sea

Posted July 3, 2014 by

Image courtesy of NASA/JPL/SSI/Univ. of Arizona/G. Mitri/University of Nantes Researchers found that Titan’s ice shell, which overlies a very salty ocean, varies in thickness around the moon, suggesting the crust is in the process of becoming rigid. Scientists analyzing data from NASAís Cassini mission have firm evidence the ocean inside Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, might…

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Business

Lockheed Martin to freeze pension plan for U.S.-based salaried employees

Posted July 3, 2014 by

Lockheed Martin announced July 1 that it will freeze its salaried defined benefit pension plan and transition employees to an enhanced defined contribution retirement plan. The change will take effect in a two-step approach, beginning Jan. 1, 2016, with the freeze of pay-based benefits and concluding with the freeze of service-based benefits Jan. 1, 2020….

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Defense

JSTARS Recap team holds industry week

Posted July 3, 2014 by Justin Oakes

Air Force photograph by Mark Herlihy A Gulfstream aircraft takes off from the flightline at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., April 10, 2014. Potential contractors brought airframes in to display during the Joint STARS Recapitalization Indusry Week. The program office responsible for the event intends to equip new system onto a smaller, more efficient airframe….

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Business

Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, P-8A Poseidon to make first air show appearances at Farnborough

Posted July 3, 2014 by

Boeing confirmed July 2 that the new 787-9 Dreamliner and the P-8A Poseidon will participate for the first time in flying displays at the Farnborough International Airshow, which runs July 14-20. This year’s airshow marks the 40th anniversary of Boeing’s participation at Farnborough. The 787-9 ñ flight test airplane ZB001 — will be on static…

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News Briefs June 25, 2014

Posted June 25, 2014 by

Putin withdraws request to use force in Ukraine Russian President Vladimir Putin asked parliament June 24 to cancel a resolution sanctioning the use of military force in Ukraine, a move his Ukrainian counterpart heralded as a practical stepî toward bringing peace to a region roiled by a separatist insurgency. Putin’s announcement came after pro-Russia rebels…

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Space

6th Boeing GPS IIF Completes On-Orbit Checkout

Posted June 25, 2014 by

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. ñ With on-orbit checkout and validation of the sixth Global Positioning System IIF satellite, Boeing has reached the halfway mark in delivering the current series of satellites to the U.S. Air Force, which operates the GPS constellation. These satellites, the fourth generation of Boeing-built GPS space vehicles, are improving system accuracy, signal…

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Business

U.S. Army places blimp-borne radar in strategic readiness

Posted June 25, 2014 by

Should the U.S. or its allies need enhanced protection against cruise missiles, hostile airplanes, sea-borne threats or unmanned aircraft, military commanders will have a new system at their disposal. Raytheon has finished preparing a blimp-borne radar system previously used for testing, for use as a rapidly deployable strategic asset. JLENS is a powerful airborne radar…

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ATK awarded contract to provide UltraFlex solar arrays for upcoming Mars InSight mission

Posted June 25, 2014 by

NASA/JPL-Caltech image This artist’s concept depicts the InSight Mars lander at work studying the interior of Mars, powered by ATK’s UltraFlex arrays. ATK has received a contract from Lockheed Martin Space Systems to provide the UltraFlex solar arrays for NASA’s InSight Lander mission, which will place a lander on Mars in 2016 to study the…

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Defense

U.S. advisers arrive in Iraq to begin sssessment

Posted June 25, 2014 by Nick Simeone

The first U.S. service members ordered to Iraq to help the Iraqi military counter a terrorist threat have arrived in the country, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said June 24. About 90 troops have arrived in Baghdad, where they will join some 40 others attached to the U.S. Embassy to establish assessment…

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