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News Briefs – July 9, 2012

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U.S. seeks fiber-optic cable for Guantanamo Bay The U.S. military hopes to install a $40 million underwater fiber-optic cable to improve communications at Guantanamo Bay. A spokesman for the Guantanamo military commissions says the cable would run 800 miles from Guantanamo Bay to South Florida. Army Lt. Col. Todd Breasseale said July 9 that the…

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News Briefs – October 3, 2012

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Fewer submarines planned in Connecticut The Navy’s top admiral says the Navy plans to keep fewer submarines in Groton, Conn., as the military shifts its focus toward Asia. Admiral Jonathan W. Greenert told The Day of New London that by 2020, the Naval Submarine Base is expected to have two squadrons with six attack submarines…

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News Briefs November 26, 2012

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Danes to buy Sikorsky combat helicopters   Denmark’s Defense Ministry says it will purchase nine Sikorsky Sea Hawk naval combat helicopters for $686 million. Minister Nick Haekkerup said in a statement Nov. 21 that the MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopters built by Sikorsky-Lockheed Martin will be delivered in 2016-2018. The company is a division of Lockheed…

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News Briefs: January 11, 2013

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Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel releases annual report   The Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel has released its 2012 annual report. This report is based on the panel’s 2012 fact-finding and quarterly public meetings; center visits and meetings; direct observations of NASA operations and decision-making; discussions with NASA management, employees, and contractors; and the panel members’ past…

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U.N. agency moves to kill aircraft battery exemption

Posted February 13, 2013 by Joan Lowy

A U.N. agency that sets global aviation safety standards is moving to prevent aircraft batteries like the one that caught fire on a Boeing 787 last month from being shipped as cargo on passenger planes, people familiar with the effort said. Over the past few days, the members of the International Civil Aviation Organization’s dangerous…

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New crew aboard station after express flight

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Docking Launch Hatch opening New crew aboard station after express flight NASA TV Shortly after the arrival of three new crewmates aboard the International Space Station, all six Expedition 35 crew members speak with family members and mission officials back on Earth. The Soyuz TMA-08M spacecraft carrying three new Expedition 35 crew members docked with…

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News Briefs: May 1, 2013

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U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,077 As of April 30, 2013, at least 2,077 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 1,719 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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Headlines June 5, 2013

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News White House promises veto of GOP spending plan The White House stepped in June with a veto threat against a House GOP plan to advance a round of 2014 spending bills that would ease sequester-imposed cuts on the Pentagon while forcing even deeper cuts on non-defense programs. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/06/03/white-house-promises-veto-gop-spending-plan/ House panel votes to stop DOD…

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News Briefs July 10, 2013

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Subcommittee approves NASA reauthorization bill The Space Subcommittee July 10 approved a draft bill to reauthorize programs at NASA for two years, including a topline budget of $16.8 billion dollars for the agency, which is consistent with the requirements of the Budget Control Act. My goal is to ensure that Congress ñ and this subcommittee…

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Savings, reprogramming enable furlough reduction

Posted August 7, 2013 by Jim Garamone

Savings and the ability to reprogram funds made possible Aug. 6 announcement by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel that unpaid furlough days for about 650,000 civilian employees are being reduced. Hagel signed a memo cutting furlough days for about 650,000 Defense Department civilian employees from 11 to six. This means that for most employees, the furlough…

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