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Headlines September 19, 2014

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News: McKeon on broader military authorization: Anything can ‘fail or pass’ - Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Calif., chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said if Congress returns after the midterm elections to weigh a broader military authorization for the battle against Islamic State, it might not pass. Defense contractor gets 7 years for giving secrets…

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Future of NATO: Adapting to a new security environment

Posted September 19, 2014 by 2nd Lt. Esther Willett

NATO’s supreme allied commander introduced new initiatives geared toward re-embracing its mission of collective defense.

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Raytheon begins building critical components for AN/TPY-2 ballistic missile defense radar

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The Missile Defense Agency will soon have greater agility and capability in its fleet of AN/TPY-2 ballistic missile defense radars. Raytheon has begun construction of two major sub-components of the AN/TPY-2 under a $53 million contract announced by the Department of Defense on Sept 2. The units Raytheon is building will enable the MDA to…

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NASA Mars spacecraft ready for Sept. 21 orbit insertion

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NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution spacecraft is nearing its scheduled Sept. 21 insertion into Martian orbit after completing a 10-month interplanetary journey of 442 million miles.

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Navy’s Triton unmanned aircraft completes first cross-country flight

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The MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) arrived at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., Sept. 18 after completing its inaugural cross-country ferry flight, bringing the Navy closer to delivering this new capability to the fleet.

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NASA’s 2015 sample return robot challenge open for registration

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NASA photograph by Joel Kowsky A team robot approaches the sample during the 2014 NASA Centennial Challenges Sample Return Robot Challenge at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Worcester, Mass. Teams are required to demonstrate autonomous robots that can locate and collect samples from a wide and varied terrain, operating without human control. The objective…

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Chemical-biological researchers deliver results

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Choking, watering eyes, blistering skin and convulsions are symptoms of imminent death from a chemical weapons attack. The lethality of such attacks, most recently in August 2013, in Syria, sends tremors across the globe.

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Navy, Air Force, Marines conduct simulated strike during Valiant Shield

Posted September 19, 2014 by PO3 Chris Cavagnaro

The George Washington and Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Groups, as well as land-based aircraft from Marine Corps Air Group 12 and Air Force 36th Operations Group completed dynamic war-at-sea exercises as part of Valiant Shield Sept. 16 and 18.

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Hubble helps find smallest known galaxy containing supermassive black hole

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Image courtesy of NASA, ESA, STScI-RCC14-41a Artist’s View of M60-UCD1 Black Hole.   Astronomers using data from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and ground observation have found an unlikely object in an improbable place – a monster black hole lurking inside one of the tiniest galaxies ever known. The black hole is five times the mass…

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Headlines September 17, 2014

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News: Pentagon open to U.S. ground troops in fight against Islamic State - The Pentagon’s top general opened the door Sept. 16 to the possibility that U.S. combat troops would be needed in Iraq, as he publicly laid out President Obama’s still-developing plans to combat Islamic State insurgents through U.S. air power and relying on an…

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