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Innaugural West Coast launch a huge success for SpaceX

Posted October 4, 2013 by Peter W. Merlin

SpaceX successfully launched its next-generation Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., Sept. 29. This was the sixth launch of a Falcon 9 and the maiden flight of the upgraded F9 (v.1.1) model. It was also the inaugural flight from the companys new West Coast launch complex. All previous Falcon rockets were launched…

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Air Force mechanics at Utah base protest shutdown

Posted October 4, 2013 by Paul Foy

The government shutdown has furloughed some civilians at Hill Air Force Base while forcing thousands more to continue working without any hope of receiving a paycheck, a union leader said Oct. 2. People are angry, demoralized. I’ve never seen it this bad in the 31 years I’ve been a federal employee, said Monty Lewis, president…

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Headlines September 30, 2013

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News: Senate approves bill to pay military during shutdown - Senate Democrats are vowing to reject House Republicans’ last-minute bid to delay ObamaCare by attaching new amendments to a must-pass spending bill. But the Senate has accepted one Republican idea – a bill that would pay the military in the event of a shutdown. The Senate easily approved…

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News Briefs September 30, 2013

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No. 2 nuke commander suspended amid casino probe Officials say the No. 2 officer at the military command in charge of all U.S. nuclear war-fighting forces is suspected in a case involving counterfeit gambling chips at a western Iowa casino and has been suspended from his duties. Navy Vice Adm. Tim Giardina has not been…

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Hagel issues message to workforce as potential shutdown looms

Posted September 30, 2013 by

With a government shutdown possible in the absence of federal funding beyond fiscal 2013, which ends at midnight tonight, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Sept. 30 issued a message to the Defense Department workforce. Here is the text of the secretary’s message: As you know, the government’s annual funding could expire at midnight tonight. I have…

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Headlines September 27, 2013

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News: Airplanes fly as mail delivered even if government shuts - Planes will still fly and land safely with the aid of federal air traffic controllers even if Congress can’t reach a deal to fund the federal government. FBI agents will investigate crimes, mail will be delivered, Social Security checks and Medicare payments will go out…

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News Briefs September 27, 2013

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Minuteman missile test-launched from California The U.S. Air Force has test-launched an unarmed Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missile from California. The missile lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 3:33 a.m., PDT, Sept. 26 It was the second Minuteman launch from Vandenberg this week. The first was launched early Sunday. No details of the…

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DOD taking prudent steps in face of government shutdown

Posted September 27, 2013 by Jim Garamone

The Defense Department is taking prudent steps to plan for a possible government shutdown Oct. 1, Deputy Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said in a memo signed Sept. 26. The deputy secretary believes there is still time for Congress to enact legislation to avoid a shutdown. The administration is willing to work with Congress to…

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Headlines September 25, 2013

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News: U.S. command in Afghanistan gives Army 60 days to fix or replace intel network - The Pentagon’s main battlefield intelligence network in Afghanistan is vulnerable to hackers — both the enemy or a leaker — and the U.S. command in Kabul will cut it off from the military’s classified data files unless the Army fixes…

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News Briefs September 25, 2013

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U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,138 As of Sept. 24, 2013, at least 2,138 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 1,772 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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