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Defense

Carter: Sequestration would have effect of ‘hidden tax’

Posted September 21, 2012 by by Cheryl Pellerin

Because it would lead to inefficiencies, the sequestration mechanism built into the Budget Control Act would amount to a hidden tax, Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter said Sept. 20. “If sequestration happens, it is not only disruptive in many ways I’d love to describe, but it’s a hidden tax all by itself,” Carter said…

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Business

Northrop Grumman to provide 44 additional STARLite radar systems for Army’s MQ-1C Gray Eagle UAS

Posted September 21, 2012 by

Northrop Grumman has been selected to supply an additional 44 STARLite wide area surveillance radars for the U.S. Army’s MQ-1C Gray Eagle unmanned aircraft system. STARLite features synthetic aperture radar, ground moving target indicator and dismount moving target indicator capabilities. Under the terms of the contract option, radar deliveries will begin in April 2013 and…

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Veterans

VA fills first phase of veteran retraining program

Posted September 21, 2012 by

The Veterans Affairs Department has approved applications for all 45,000 slots available in fiscal 2012 under the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program and is in the process of approving applications for 54,000 slots available in fiscal 2013, VA officials announced Sept. 20. “The surge of veterans applying for VRAP demonstrates this program’s importance to provide unemployed…

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Space

NASA Mars rover targets unusual rock en route to first destination

Posted September 21, 2012 by

NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has driven up to a football-size rock that will be the first for the rover’s arm to examine. Curiosity is about 8 feet (2.5 meters) from the rock. It lies about halfway from Curiosity’s landing site, Bradbury Landing, to a location called Glenelg. In coming days, the team plans to touch…

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Tech

First mobile app, Quakeshim share agency’s 2012 software award

Posted September 21, 2012 by

NASA’s first mobile application and software that models the behavior of earthquake faults to improve earthquake forecasting and our understanding of earthquake processes are co-winners of NASA’s 2012 Software of the Year Award. The award recognizes innovative software technologies that significantly improve the agency’s exploration of space and maximize scientific discovery on Earth. Software engineers…

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Events

Spitfire lands at Edwards to commemorate Battle of Britain

Posted September 21, 2012 by by 412th TW Public Affairs

The United Kingdom Joint Strike Fighter Test and Evaluation Squadron here at Edwards hosted the Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Night at Club Muroc Sept. 14.

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News Briefs – September 19, 2012

Posted September 19, 2012 by

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 1,988   As of Sept. 18, 2012, at least 1,988 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,656 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a…

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Defense

Osprey cleared to fly in Japan, improving alliance capabilities

Posted September 19, 2012 by by Karen Parrish

The V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft is now approved to fly in Japan, Press Secretary George Little said in a statement in Beijing, China, Sept. 19. Little, traveling with Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta in Asia this week, said Sept. 19 the secretary is pleased that an agreement has been reached between the United States and…

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Business

Sikorsky to integrate, test enhanced Black Hawk helicopter capabilities

Posted September 19, 2012 by

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. has been awarded the Combat Tempered Platform Demonstration contract from the U.S. Army’s Aviation Applied Technology Directorate. This program will build upon and improve the Black Hawk platform’s already high operational durability and survivability by developing and integrating a suite of advanced new technologies and establishing their benefits before transitioning them to…

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Defense

Air Force officials describe ICBM way-ahead

Posted September 19, 2012 by by 1st Lt. Ashleigh Peck

As intercontinental ballistic missiles gain prominence in the Air Force’s nuclear enterprise, service officials related the importance of maintaining the system during the 2012 Air Force Association Air and Space Conference and Technology Exposition in Washington, D.C., Sept. 18. Panelists included Maj. Gen. William Chambers, assistant chief of staff for strategic deterrence and nuclear integration;…

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