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NASA airborne campaigns tackle climate questions from Africa to Arctic

Five new NASA airborne field campaigns will take to the skies starting in 2015 to investigate how long-range air pollution, warming ocean waters, and fires in Africa affect our climate.

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16T Pitch Boom reactivated to support wind tunnel tests

The reactivation of the 16T Pitch Boom mechanism at the 16 foot transonic wind tunnel (16T) is providing an alternate model system for new Arnold Engineering Development Complex test customers.

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Scientists turn handheld JCAD into a dual-use chemical, explosives detector

Scientists at the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., proved it is possible to teach an old dog new tricks by adding the ability to detect explosive materials to the Joint Chemical Agent Detector.

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Boeing delivers first direct purchase 737-700 to Ruili Airlines

Boeing and Ruili Airlines Nov. 25 celebrated the arrival of the airline's first direct purchase Next-Generation 737-700. Ruili is a newly established private airline based at Changshui International Airport in Kunming, the capital city of China's Yunnan province.

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New crew arrives at space station to continue scientific research

Three new crew members representing the United States, Russia and Italy are at the International Space Station.


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Allen passes NATO Security Assistance command to Dunford

Posted  February 11, 2013

U.S. and NATO leaders Feb. 10 congratulated Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen for a job well done as commander of the alliance’s International Security Assistance Force and praised Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. as the strategic leader needed for the next phase of the command. At a ceremony in Kabul, Afghanistan, Allen…

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NASA unveils Strategic Space Technology investment plan

Posted  February 11, 2013

NASA’s Strategic Space Technology Investment Plan has been posted to the agency’s website. The comprehensive strategic plan prioritizes space technologies essential to the pursuit of NASA’s mission and achievement of national goals. The NASA Strategic Space Technology Investment Plan was created following development of a series of agency draft Space Technology Roadmaps. After careful review…

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Cannon debuts latest in moving target technology

Posted  February 11, 2013

Explosions shook the air as the white truck, almost invisible through the dust and smoke, weaved its way across a training range towing a target being shot at by 40mm rounds from aircraft patrolling the sky.

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Panetta signs memo extending benefits to same-sex partners

Posted  February 11, 2013

Calling it “a matter of fundamental equity,” Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta Feb. 11 signed a memorandum to the service secretaries and the Pentagon’s top personnel official extending benefits to same-sex partners of service members. Here is the secretary’s announcement of the policy change: “Seventeen months ago, the United States military ended the policy of…

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Same-sex couples can claim new benefits by October

Posted  February 11, 2013

Military members and retirees with same-sex partners will qualify for up to 24 new benefits under policy changes Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta announced Feb. 11. In a memo to the service chiefs outlining the new policy, Panetta noted the department has “essentially completed” repeal of the so-called “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law that barred…

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Navy’s first joint high-speed vessel visits St. Petersburg

Posted  February 11, 2013

Military Sealift Command's first joint high-speed vessel, USNS Spearhead (JHSV 1), made its first port visit to the Port of St. Petersburg, Fla., Feb. 10.

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NASA launches new Earth observation satellite to continue 40-year legacy

Posted  February 11, 2013

NASA's Landsat Data Continuity Mission roared into space at 10:02 p.m., PST, Feb. 11 aboard an Atlas V rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

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Robert Gates backs proposal to create court for drones

Posted  February 11, 2013

Robert Gates, a former defense secretary and spymaster, is backing lawmakers’ proposal to form a special court to review President Barack Obama’s deadly drone strikes against Americans linked to al Qaeda. Gates, who led the Pentagon for Presidents George W. Bush and Obama and previously served as the Central Intelligence Agency’s director, said Obama’s use…

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Army partners with industry for vehicle efficiencies

Posted  February 11, 2013

The Army has partnered with the automotive industry and others in an effort to jump-start the development of more energy-saving and high-performance vehicles.

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News Briefs February 11, 2013

Posted  February 11, 2013

Boeing sends 787 on test flight from Seattle Boeing sent a 787 up on a test flight Feb. 9, the first since the new airliner was grounded three weeks ago because of a battery fire. The aircraft took off from Boeing Field in Seattle and spent nearly two and a half hours flying back and…

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