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News Briefs March 21, 2014

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Pentagon reviews will focus on military medals The Pentagon has begun three separate reviews on how military medals are awarded. The move follows criticism over the military’s inability to recognize heroism in incidents such as the Fort Hood shootings, and criticism about now-shelved plans to create an award for drone pilots. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel…

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Headlines March 21, 2014

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News: U.S. considers sanctions against Russian defense sector - President Barack Obama threatened sanctions against Moscows defense sector March 20 upon announcing the American government would punish 16 individuals in Russian President Vladimir Putins inner circle in response to the countrys invasion of Ukraine. Pentagon proposes cuts to Ukraine military aid - The Obama administration proposed a…

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Headlines – March 19, 2014

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Space NASA reveals technology behind its Orion capsule, preparation for its first journey For the first time in a generation, NASA is building a new astronaut-carrying spacecraft. Called Orion, this capsule is designed to take explorers further into space than we’ve ever gone before. Eventually, journeys to Mars itself are being imagined.  Does Titan have…

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News Briefs March 19, 2014

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Michigan to pilot initiative to help vets get jobs Michigan is one of three states chosen to pilot a new initiative intended to help military veterans find jobs. Michigan will join Iowa and Tennessee as the first states participating in the Hiring our Heroes program’s All Vet States program. State officials say participating in the…

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Former center director Lee Scherer remembered

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NASA photograph Members of Lee Scherer’s family join former center director Ken Szalai (left) and current center director David McBride (right) for a group portrait under the X-1E. Present and former directors of NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center joined together March 7 to reflect on a life of national service by the late Lee R….

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Headlines – March 17, 2014

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News: As Ukraine crisis unfolds, DOD’s options are limited - As the situation in Ukraine continues to worsen, the US and its allies in Europe find themselves with a limited set of options at the same time the Pentagon is trying to plan for potential fallout. NATO websites hit in cyber attack linked to Crimea tension -…

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Headlines – March 14, 2014

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News: Chinese raw materials also found on U.S. B-1 bomber, F-16 jets - After discovering China-made components in the F-35 fighter jet, a Pentagon investigation has uncovered Chinese materials in other major U.S. weaponry, including Boeing’s B-1B bomber and certain Lockheed Martin F-16 fighters, the U.S. Defense Department said.  U.S., Israel sign deal to continue financing…

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News Briefs March 14, 2014

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U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,176 As of March 11, at least 2,176 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 1,796 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result of…

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Space station crew returns to Earth, lands safely in Kazakhstan

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Three crew members from the International Space Station returned to Earth March 10 after 166 days in space, during which they made 2,656 orbits around the planet and traveled almost 70.5 million miles. Expedition 38 crew members Michael Hopkins of NASA, and Oleg Kotov and Sergey Ryazanskiy of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) touched…

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Headlines – March 10, 2014

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News: DOD budget: Expect big changes in five-year spending priorities - Just before Maj. Gen. Jim Martin, the U.S. Air Force budget director, walked into the Pentagon briefing room on March 4, an aide slipped him a note.  Boeing reports wing cracks on 787 Dreamliners in production - Boeing said March 7 that “hairline cracks” had been…

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