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Panetta signs memo extending benefits to same-sex partners

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Calling it “a matter of fundamental equity,” Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta Feb. 11 signed a memorandum to the service secretaries and the Pentagon’s top personnel official extending benefits to same-sex partners of service members. Here is the secretary’s announcement of the policy change: “Seventeen months ago, the United States military ended the policy of…

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Cannon debuts latest in moving target technology

Posted February 11, 2013 by A1C Ericka Engblom

Explosions shook the air as the white truck, almost invisible through the dust and smoke, weaved its way across a training range towing a target being shot at by 40mm rounds from aircraft patrolling the sky.

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Space

NASA unveils Strategic Space Technology investment plan

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NASA’s Strategic Space Technology Investment Plan has been posted to the agency’s website. The comprehensive strategic plan prioritizes space technologies essential to the pursuit of NASA’s mission and achievement of national goals. The NASA Strategic Space Technology Investment Plan was created following development of a series of agency draft Space Technology Roadmaps. After careful review…

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Allen passes NATO Security Assistance command to Dunford

Posted February 11, 2013 by Jim Garamone

U.S. and NATO leaders Feb. 10 congratulated Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen for a job well done as commander of the alliance’s International Security Assistance Force and praised Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. as the strategic leader needed for the next phase of the command. At a ceremony in Kabul, Afghanistan, Allen…

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Veterans

Army vet receiving Medal of Honor for Afghan fight

Posted February 11, 2013 by

President Barack Obama is awarding the Medal of Honor to an Army veteran for his courageous leadership during a daylong firefight in Afghanistan. Former SSgt. Clinton Romesha was recognized Feb. 11 at the White House for his actions during the 2009 attack on Combat Outpost Keating in the mountains near the Pakistan border. About 50…

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Space

NASA Curiosity rover collects first Martian bedrock sample

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NASA’s Curiosity rover has, for the first time, used a drill carried at the end of its robotic arm to bore into a flat, veiny rock on Mars and collect a sample from its interior. This is the first time any robot has drilled into a rock to collect a sample on Mars. The fresh…

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Business

Lockheed Martin completes assembly, begins environmental testing of NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft

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Lockheed Martin has completed the assembly of NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution spacecraft and is now undergoing environmental testing at the company’s Space Systems facilities near Denver, Colo.

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Space

NASA’s refueling demonstration proves viability of satellite-servicing technologies

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NASA has demonstrated robotic fluid transfer in space, an objective that will help inform the development of robotic technology to refuel satellites. The first-of-its-kind demonstration was performed during the Robotic Refueling Mission (RRM) aboard the International Space Station. “This achievement is a major step forward in servicing satellites,” said Frank Cepollina, associate director of the…

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Business

Boeing warns that 787 deliveries could slip

Posted February 11, 2013 by Joshua Freed

Boeing acknowledged Feb. 8 that it may not be able to deliver its 787 as fast as hoped. The company said it has told customers expecting the next 787 deliveries that those planes have either been delayed, or at risk for a delay. Boeing is still building the long-range, fuel-efficient planes, and it said on…

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Military looks to place quick forces after Libya

Posted February 11, 2013 by Donna Cassata and Richard Lardner

The U.S. military is determined to position small, quick reaction forces closer to global crises after the rapid assault on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya last September kept U.S. armed forces from responding in time to save four Americans. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs…

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