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Pentagon releases first annual acquisition report

Posted July 10, 2013 by Karen Parrish

A recently completed defense acquisition program report, which is now before Congress, is part of a data-driven effort to find out what’s working best in equipping the nation’s military and to fix what isn’t, the Pentagon’s undersecretary of acquisition, technology and logistics said in an interview with American Forces Press Service. Frank Kendall said the…

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Business

Raytheon wins U.S. Navy Next Generation Jammer competition

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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Raytheon announced July 9 it has been awarded a $279.4 million cost-plus-incentive-fee contract by the U.S. Navy to conduct the Technology Development phase of the Navy’s Next Generation Jammer program. “We believe the Navy’s choice validates Raytheon’s leadership in advanced electronic attack systems and technologies,” said Rick Yuse, president of Raytheon’s…

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Space

Science team outlines goals for NASA’s 2020 Mars Rover

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The rover NASA will send to Mars in 2020 should look for signs of past life, collect samples for possible future return to Earth, and demonstrate technology for future human exploration of the Red Planet, according to a report provided to the agency. The 154-page document was prepared by the Mars 2020 Science Definition Team,…

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Veterans

Defense Department to review POW/MIA command operations

Posted July 10, 2013 by Claudette Roulo

The Defense Department has a sacred obligation to recover missing service members, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little told reporters July 9 at a news conference. An internal review conducted by the office charged with that mission – the Joint Prisoners of War, Missing in Action Accounting Command – has raised concerns within DOD, Little said….

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Tech

NASA announces education research program award recipients

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NASA has awarded $10.5 million to colleges and universities to conduct research and technology development in areas important to the agency’s mission, develop faculty and support higher education students. Fourteen proposals were selected for funding in Alaska, Alabama, Hawaii, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Utah, West Virginia, and Wyoming. Winning proposals…

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DARPA competitors develop robots for disaster response

Posted July 10, 2013 by Cheryl Pellerin

Leaps forward in simulation technology and cloud computing are making it possible for challengers from around the world to compete for support from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to create robots that can help people during natural and other kinds of disasters.

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Space

NASA satellite provides first view of solar system’s tail

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Like a comet, the solar system has a tail. NASA’s Interstellar Boundary Explorer has for the first time mapped out the structure of this tail, which is shaped like a four-leaf clover. Scientists describe the tail, called the heliotail, based on the first three years of IBEX imagery in a paper published in the July…

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President reviews options for U.S. presence in Afghanistan

Posted July 10, 2013 by Jim Garamone

President Barack Obama is reviewing options from his national security team on what the possible U.S. footprint in Afghanistan will look like after 2014, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said July 9. The president has the “time and space” to make the decision, Little told reporters at the Pentagon. “Any potential U.S. military presence beyond…

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Dempsey calls on DOD leaders to mitigate sequester effects

Posted July 10, 2013 by Jim Garamone

Sequestration is causing problems in the Defense Department, but military and civilian employees are working together to get through this period, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said July 9. In a videotaped message to the department posted on his Facebook page, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey said that solid leadership at all…

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Ball Aerospace, Aerojet Rocketdyne complete thruster test for ‘green’ spacecraft fuel

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Ball Aerospace and Aerojet Rocketdyne have met the first milestone in demonstrating a more environmentally friendly spacecraft fuel by completing an end-to-end checkout of the 22 Newton thruster required for NASA's Green Propellant Infusion Mission.

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