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Striking Lockheed Martin workers picket in Texas

Posted April 23, 2012 by

Striking Lockheed Martin workers are picketing outside of a North Texas plant where the aerospace company makes F-35 fighter jets. The strike by Machinists Local 776 in Fort Worth began April 23 after union members voted overwhelmingly April 22 to reject the company’s latest contract offer. The union represents about a quarter of Lockheed Martin’s…

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Weather postpones Enterprise flight to New York

Posted April 22, 2012 by

NASA’s planned flight to New York City of space shuttle Enterprise atop the 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft has been postponed until further notice due to an unfavorable weather forecast for April 23. To ensure a safe flight for Enterprise and the SCA, NASA managers, in consultation with the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, decided…

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NASA, Library of Congress select first astrobiology chair

Posted April 17, 2012 by

NASA and the Library of Congress have announced the selection of David H. Grinspoon to be the first Baruch S. Blumberg NASA-Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology. The chair, selected through an international competition, is named for the late Nobel Laureate and founding director of the NASA Astrobiology Institute, Baruch “Barry” Blumberg. Applications are solicited…

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Ex-NASA worker: Firing was over intelligent design

Posted April 16, 2012 by by Gillian Flaccus

A former computer specialist with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory spent much of his free time advocating for the idea that a higher intelligence must have had a hand in creation. Now, a judge will decide if his commitment to that belief cost him his job. Closing arguments in the wrongful termination lawsuit filed by David…

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Judge won’t block discharge effort against Marine

Posted April 16, 2012 by by Julie Watson

SAN DIEGO (AP) _ A federal judge denied a request Friday to block military discharge proceedings against a Camp Pendleton Marine who called President Barack Obama an enemy on Facebook. U.S. District Judge Marilyn Huff ruled the military has the right to respond to Sgt. Gary Stein’s online comments in a case that has called…

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Utah air base could lose jobs with F-35 jets

Posted April 16, 2012 by

According to an Air Force study, Utah’s Hill Air Force Base could lose jobs under a plan to replace an aging fleet of F-16 fighter jets with the new F-35. A draft environmental impact statement, released April 13, says Hill would need from $18 million to $40 million in construction, depending on the number of…

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Board says Marine who criticized Obama should be dismissed

Posted April 13, 2012 by by Julie Watson

A U.S. Marine who criticized President Barack Obama on his Facebook page has committed misconduct and should be dismissed, a military board recommended. The Marine Corps administrative board made the decision late April 5 after a hearing for Sgt. Gary Stein. Stein’s lawyers argued that the 9-year Marine, whose service was to end in four…

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B-17 Flying Fortress

Posted April 13, 2012 by by Marti Jaramillo

The Boeing B-17 “Flying Fortress” is a World War II American heavy bomber used primarily in Europe and that helped turn the tide in the battle of World War II. Boeing’s corporate historian, Michael Lombardi said, “The B-17 and the United States Army Air Forces strategic warfare strategy was instrumental in destroying the German air…

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GAO reports counterfeit and bogus part numbers found on Internet purchasing platforms

Posted March 30, 2012 by

Suspected counterfeit and bogus part numbers, not associated with any authentic military-grade electronic parts, were discovered on Internet purchasing platforms, while being investigated by the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee and the Government Accountability Office, an investigative arm of Congress. At the request of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, the GAO launched an investigation…

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News Briefs March 29, 2012

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Debris blamed for deadly Marine chopper crash An internal investigation says a deadly Marine helicopter crash in Southern California last year was likely caused by debris that hit the tail rotor, along with a design flaw and pilot error. U-T San Diego obtained documents on the investigation into the July crash at Camp Pendleton that…

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