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Raytheon receives $350 million SM-3 Block IB contract

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The Missile Defense Agency has awarded Raytheon $350 million to increase its procurement of Standard Missile-3 Block IB missiles from 8 to 44. The SM-3 is designed to destroy incoming short-, medium-, and intermediate-range ballistic missile threats by colliding with them in space, a concept sometimes described as “hitting a bullet with a bullet.” The…

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Fiscal year 2015 Army budget

Posted March 7, 2014 by David Vergun

Under the Army's fiscal year 2015 budget request, soldiers will receive a 1 percent pay increase as well as a basic allowance for housing increase of 1.5 percent and a 3.4 percent increase in basic allowance for subsistence.

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NASA picks small business tech proposals for development

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NASA has selected 108 research and technology proposals from U.S. small businesses that will enable NASA’s future missions while benefiting America’s new high technology-driven economy right here on Earth. The selected proposals now will enter into negotiations for contract awards as part of Phase II of the agency’s Small Business Innovation Research Program. The selected…

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Excalibur prototype extends reach of high-energy lasers

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High-energy lasers have the potential to benefit a variety of military missions, particularly as weapons or as high-bandwidth communications devices. However, the massive size, weight and power requirements of legacy laser systems limit their use on many military platforms. Even if SWaP limitations can be overcome, turbulence manifested as density fluctuations in the atmosphere increase…

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SAIC awarded contract to support SPAWAR, Office Of The Secretary Of Defense

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Science Applications International Corporation announced March 6 it was awarded a prime contract by the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific in support of the Office of the Secretary of Defense to provide systems engineering and technical support services for its Defense Readiness Reporting System. The multiple-award, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract has a three-year base period…

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Coastal Riverine Force admits women to combat billets

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The Department of the Navy announced March 7 that women can now be assigned to previously closed positions in the Coastal Riverine Force, continuing in the Department of Defense's rescission of the 1994 Direct Ground Combat Definition and Assignment Rule.

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Raptor crews preserve mission through adversity

Posted March 7, 2014 by SSgt Angela Ruiz

Four F-22 Raptors in transient from Savannah, Ga., to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, were diverted to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., March 1.

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Navy budget request involved tough choices, official says

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The Navy Department’s fiscal year 2015 budget request reflects tough, but responsible choices, a senior Navy official said at a Pentagon news conference March 4.  The budget request is part of the $495.6 billion defense budget proposal President Barack Obama submitted to Congress. Rear Adm. William Lescher, deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for budget,…

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Boeing announces future retirement plan changes for nonunion employees

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Boeing March 6 provided advance notice to nonunion employees participating in the company’s defined benefit pension plans that they will transition in 2016 to a company-funded defined contribution retirement savings plan. Beginning Jan. 1, 2016, Boeing will make cash contributions each pay period to employees’ retirement savings through a new defined contribution component of the…

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NASA’s WISE survey finds thousands of new stars, but no ‘Planet X’

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After searching hundreds of millions of objects across our sky, NASA’s Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer has turned up no evidence of the hypothesized celestial body in our solar system commonly dubbed “Planet X.” Researchers previously had theorized about the existence of this large, but unseen celestial body, suspected to lie somewhere beyond the orbit of…

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