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Business Briefs – January 9, 2013

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General Dynamics awarded $133 million for Abrams Tank production   General Dynamics Land Systems has been awarded $132.7 million for the procurement and production of 69 Saudi M1A2 Abrams tanks for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This work is part of a plan by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to upgrade its fleet of tanks….

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NASA telescopes see weather patterns in brown dwarf

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Astronomers using NASA’s Spitzer and Hubble space telescopes have probed the stormy atmosphere of a brown dwarf, creating the most detailed “weather map” yet for this class of cool, star-like orbs. The forecast shows wind-driven, planet-sized clouds enshrouding these strange worlds. Brown dwarfs form out of condensing gas, as stars do, but lack the mass…

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U.S., Canada think ahead to NORAD Next

Posted January 7, 2013 by Donna Miles

More than a half century since it was established to confront the Cold War threat, North American Aerospace Defense Command is at a new crossroads as officials in the United States and Canada determine the capabilities it will need to confront emerging challenges and threats in the decades ahead. Members of the Permanent Joint Board…

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General Dynamics awarded $4.6 billion for submarine programs

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General Dynamics Electric Boat was recently awarded three U.S. Navy contracts totaling $4.6 billion to design and develop the next-generation strategic deterrent submarine, and to continue construction and purchasing of materials for Virginia-class attack submarines. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics. Under a five-year, $1.85 billion Ohio Replacement Program contract, Electric…

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DOD, Duke University partner in research projects

Posted January 7, 2013 by Amaani Lyle

The Defense Department sponsors Duke University researchers to conduct projects in mathematics, engineering and biology that advance military capabilities and strengthen national security, a university official said in a recent phone interview. Duke University researchers actively participate in DOD programs and awards, and projects are designed to help the warfighter enhance intelligence gathering, avoid battlefield…

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NASA’s Kepler mission discovers 461 new planet candidates

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NASA’s Kepler mission announced Jan. 7 the discovery of 461 new planet candidates. Four of the potential new planets are less than twice the size of Earth and orbit in their sun’s “habitable zone,” the region in the planetary system where liquid water might exist on the surface of a planet. Based on observations conducted…

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Panetta lauds nominees for defense secretary, CIA director

Posted January 7, 2013 by Karen Parrish

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta Jan. 7 endorsed President Barack Obama’s nominee to succeed him at the helm of the Pentagon. Obama announced his nomination of Chuck Hagel as the next defense secretary at the White House today. The president also announced he has nominated John Brennan as the next CIA director. If confirmed by…

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Obama announces nominees for next defense secretary, CIA cirector

Posted January 7, 2013 by SFC Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

President Barack Obama Jan. 7 announced his nominations to serve as the next leaders of the Defense Department and Central Intelligence Agency. At a White House news conference, Obama announced his selection of Chuck Hagel to be next defense secretary and John Brennan as the next CIA director. If confirmed by the Senate, Hagel will…

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Infantry now shut to women; do they want it open?

Posted January 7, 2013 by Pauline Jelinek

If or when the Defense Department lets women become infantry troops – the country’s front-line war fighters – how many women will want to? The answer is probably not many. Interviews with a dozen female soldiers and Marines showed little interest in the toughest fighting jobs. They believe they’d be unable to do them, even…

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Boeing delivered 601 planes last year

Posted January 7, 2013 by Joshua Freed

Boeing said Jan. 3 that it delivered 601 planes last year, putting it on track to beat European rival Airbus as the top plane maker for the year. Airbus has beaten Boeing in deliveries in recent years, but Boeing is now cranking out its new 787 and a revamped 747 after delays for both aircraft….

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