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Headlines February 18, 2015

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News: Carter takes over at Pentagon – President Obama’s fourth secretary of defense took office Feb. 17, bringing in a new team to run the Pentagon for the final two years of the two-term administration.   Business: Pratt and Whitney subpoenaed by Pentagon inspector over pricing – The Pentagon inspector general has subpoenaed United Technologies Corp.’s Pratt…

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Carter takes office as 25th Defense secretary

Posted February 18, 2015 by Cheryl Pellerin

Ash Carter became the 25th secretary of Defense Feb. 17, after having served previously as deputy defense secretary, defense acquisition chief and assistant secretary for global strategic affairs.

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Ground vehicles join unmanned arsenal at NAWCWD

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Ground unmanned vehicles have been a staple in the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division arsenal, joining other successful unmanned aircraft and systems.

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Boeing to build all-electric propulsion satellite for SES

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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Boeing will build for SES S.A. a new, all-electric 702SP satellite that will enable SES’ airline customers to provide in-flight entertainment and WiFi over North America, Central America and the Caribbean. This is the 12th satellite in more than 25 years that Luxembourg-based SES has ordered from Boeing, and the first…

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President signs Clay Hunt Act, says ‘Stigma has to end’

Posted February 18, 2015 by Claudette Roulo

President Barack Obama Feb. 12 signed into law the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act, or SAV Act. The act is aimed at reducing military and veteran suicides and improving their access to quality mental health care. Hunt was a decorated Marine veteran who struggled with post-traumatic stress. He deployed to Iraq and…

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Headlines February 13, 2015

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News: Twenty-two Marines hurt in California training accident – Nearly two dozen Marines were treated for exposure to a fire retardant gas Feb. 12 after an extinguishing system accidently went off in an assault vehicle during a training exercise, but there were no serious injuries, officials said. Senate approves Ashton Carter as new SecDef in 93-5…

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Red Flag 15-1 comes to an end

Posted February 13, 2015 by A1C Mikaley Towle

After 19 days of combat training exercises involving the air, ground, space and cyber operations of the United States and its allies, Red Flag 15-1 concluded here Feb. 13.

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British reserve squadron celebrates 100 years

Posted February 13, 2015 by Jet Fabara

For a squadron with heraldry dating as far back as 1915 and being stationed out of multiple foreign locations during World Wars I and II, the Royal Air Force 17 (Reserve) Squadron recently celebrated their centenary Feb. 9, 2015.

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SpaceX launches observatory on third try, nixes landing test

Posted February 13, 2015 by Marcia Dunn

SpaceX launched an observatory inspired by former Vice President Al Gore toward a solar-storm lookout point a million miles away Feb. 11.

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NASA study finds carbon emissions could dramatically increase risk of U.S. megadroughts

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Droughts in the U.S. Southwest and Central Plains during the last half of this century could be drier and longer than drought conditions seen in those regions in the last 1,000 years, according to a new NASA study.

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