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Space launch vehicle core purchases balance needs with lower cost, competition

Posted December 10, 2012 by

Purchasing core elements used to launch 28 rockets into space for National Security Space missions is the focus of negotiations between the Air Force and United Launch Alliance to establish a requirements contract, according to Defense Under Secretary Frank Kendall. The plan is to procure 36 Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle cores over a five-year period,…

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‘Fiscal Cliff’ would challenge Army to maintain readiness

Posted December 10, 2012 by C. Todd Lopez

Knowing there’s a possibility the government will go over a “fiscal cliff” on midnight, Dec. 31, the Army recognizes some of the challenges it will face, but a senior leader said Thursday its priority will be to maintain readiness of the force. Like its sister services, the Army faces repercussions and adjustments that would follow…

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Veterans

VA weeks to expand list of service-connected TBI effects

Posted December 10, 2012 by

The Veterans Affairs Department is publishing a proposed regulation in the Federal Register that would change its rules to add five diagnosable illnesses that are secondary to service-connected traumatic brain injury. “We must always decide veterans’ disability claims based on the best science available and we will,” Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki said. “Veterans…

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Space

NASA’S Hubble to reveal new findings about the early universe

Posted December 10, 2012 by

WASHINGTON — NASA will hold a media teleconference at 2 p.m. EST Wednesday, Dec. 12, to discuss the latest findings from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. Astronomers will report on recent observations of a previously unseen population of primitive galaxies that formed more than 13 billion years ago.   The teleconference panelists are:   – Richard…

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DOD prepares for potential sequestration

Posted December 10, 2012 by SMSgt. David Byron

The Office of Management and Budget has instructed the Department of Defense to pursue internal planning to meet required budget cuts if sequestration goes into effect Jan. 3. “We are at the very start of this process,” said Dr. George Little, acting assistant secretary of defense for public affairs, during a Pentagon press availability here,…

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Veterans

Soldier KIA during Vietnam War identified

Posted December 10, 2012 by

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced Dec, 6 that the remains of a serviceman, killed in action during the Vietnam War, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors. Army Capt. James M. Johnstone, of Baton Rouge, La., will be buried Dec. 12, in Arlington…

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Space

NASA offers opportunities for students to talk to astronauts in space in 2013

Posted December 10, 2012 by

NASA is offering opportunities for schools and educational groups to speak with astronauts aboard the International Space Station to learn about living and working in space. Crew members will be available for question and answer sessions in 2013. NASA offers two options for students to interact with astronauts — in-flight education downlinks and Amateur Radio…

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Business

Engineers union at Boeing prepping for strike

Posted December 10, 2012 by

The head of Boeing’s engineering union says there’s a “very high chance” a strike could come as soon as February. The Society of Engineering Employees in Aerospace is working on detailed preparations for a strike, including budgeting for a 60-day stoppage, Ray Goforth, the union’s executive director, told The Seattle Times. Federal mediators suspended talks…

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Business

Boeing, Turkish Airlines finalize order for 15 777-300ERs

Posted December 10, 2012 by

Boeing and Turkish Airlines have finalized a firm order for 15 777-300ER (Extended Range) airplanes worth $4.7 billion at list prices.

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News Briefs – December 7, 2012

Posted December 7, 2012 by

MQ-9 Reaper accident on NTTR   A U.S. Air Force MQ-9 Reaper crashed on the Nevada Test and Training Range Dec. 5, 2012, at approximately 7:14 p.m. No one was injured in the incident, which occurred in a remote location west of Hiko, Nev. The remotely piloted aircraft, assigned to the 57th Wing here, was…

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