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News Briefs February 27, 2015

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Ukraine will start pulling back heavy weapons in the east Ukraine’s military says it will start pulling back its heavy weapons from the front line with Russian-backed separatists as required under a cease-fire agreement. The Defense Ministry said in a statement Feb. 26 that it reserved the right to revise its withdrawal plans in the…

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Northrop Grumman’s AstroMesh reflector successfully deploys for NASA’s SMAP satellite

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The NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory successfully deployed the mesh reflector and boom aboard the Soil Moisture Active Passive spacecraft, a key milestone on its mission to provide global measurements of soil moisture. Launched Jan. 31, SMAP represents the future of Earth Science by helping researchers better understand our planet. SMAP’s unmatched data capabilities are enabled…

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Headlines February 25, 2015

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News: Army to send headquarters group to Kandahar in first sign of revision to Afghan withdrawal plan – In the first official sign that the Pentagon plans to keep a U.S. military presence in southern Afghanistan after this year, the Army is sending the 7th Infantry Division headquarters from Joint Base Lewis-McChord on a year-long deployment…

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News Briefs February 25, 2015

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Lithuania restores compulsory military service Lithuania will restore compulsory military service for young men as tensions in Ukraine continue to worry the small Baltic nation, the government said Feb. 24. After a meeting of military leaders and top government officials, President Dalia Grybauskaite said the measure was necessary because of growing aggression in Ukraine. Military…

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Headlines February 23, 2015

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News: Republicans, Democrats want more DOD spending – Republicans and Democrats remain deeply divided about how much the country should spend on the military, but a growing number of all Americans say the Pentagon budget is too small.   Business: New armed UAV export rules help U.S. firms – New U.S. rules loosening restrictions on exports of…

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News Briefs February 23, 2015

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New Pentagon chief visits airfield in southern Afghanistan U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter is getting briefed on American military operations at Kandahar airfield in southern Afghanistan as part of what he calls a listening tour of the war zone. On his second day in Afghanistan, Carter flew to Kandahar from Kabul, the capital, where he…

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Headlines February 18, 2015

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News: Carter takes over at Pentagon – President Obama’s fourth secretary of defense took office Feb. 17, bringing in a new team to run the Pentagon for the final two years of the two-term administration.   Business: Pratt and Whitney subpoenaed by Pentagon inspector over pricing – The Pentagon inspector general has subpoenaed United Technologies Corp.’s Pratt…

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News Briefs February 18, 2015

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Navy debuts robot that can fight fires aboard ships The Navy has developed a prototype of a man-sized robot to do one of the most dangerous jobs aboard any ship: fighting a fire. The Shipboard Autonomous Firefighting Robot was developed by researchers at Virginia Tech and made its public debut during a Navy science and…

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Headlines February 13, 2015

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News: Twenty-two Marines hurt in California training accident – Nearly two dozen Marines were treated for exposure to a fire retardant gas Feb. 12 after an extinguishing system accidently went off in an assault vehicle during a training exercise, but there were no serious injuries, officials said. Senate approves Ashton Carter as new SecDef in 93-5…

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News Briefs February 13, 2015

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Military jet crashes in southern Russia, two crewmen missing A Russian military jet crashed Feb. 11 while trying to land in southern Russia and the fate of its two crewmembers is unknown, the Defense Ministry said. The ministry said the Su-24 bomber went down as it was approaching its base in the southern Volgograd region…

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