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Reports: Senate to Vote on Continuing Resolution to Avert Govt Shutdown


U.S. senators plan to meet Tuesday to vote on a bill proposed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) to extend government funding and head off a shutdown by the end of the week, Roll Call reported Monday. Niels Lesniewski writes Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Maryland) said Democratic and Republican members will continue discussions with the goal to reach …

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Senate OKs $1.15B Abrams Tank Sale to Saudi Arabia


The U.S. Senate has approved a $1.15 billion sale of 130 General Dynamics Abrams battle tanks and ground vehicle recovery systems to Saudi Arabia under a foreign military sales agreement, Reuters reported Thursday. Patricia Zengerle writes legislators voted 71-27 against a legislation sponsored by Sens. Rand Paul and Chris Murphy …

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Space News: NASA Sees Minimal Effect of Russian ISS Crew Downsizing on Research Operations

International Space Station

Russia has decided to temporarily lessen the number of its crew on the International Space Station in an effort to mitigate costs until the launch of Russia’s Multipurpose Laboratory Module ISS component in late 2017, Space News reported Monday. Bill Gerstenmaier, NASA associate administrator for human exploration and operations, said the space …

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Lt. Gen. Mike Holmes: Air Force Eyes Near-Term Procurement of Light Attack Aircraft


The U.S. Air Force looks to test various off-the-shelf aerial platforms in spring 2017 as the service branch considers procurement of a new aircraft for light-attack missions, Defense News reported Monday. Valerie Insinna writes Lt. Gen. James Holmes, deputy chief of staff for strategic plans and requirements at the Air Force, suggested the idea of demonstration flights to the …

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Army CERDEC, South Korean Agency Partner to Establish Spectrum Mgmt Interoperability Process


The U.S. Army‘s Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center and South Korea’s agency for defense development have partnered to help spectrum managers gain a shared understanding of requirements and plans within an operational area. CERDEC and ADD personnel demonstrated the Coalition Spectrum Management Interoperability process during a joint meeting held July 18 at …

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Navy Tests Biofuel in EA-18G Growler Aircraft


The U.S. Navy has flown a Boeing-built EA-18G Growler aircraft using fuel made from 100 percent alternative sources during an initial flight test at Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland. The military service said Friday it tested the catalytic hydrothermal conversion-to-jet fuel on the ground Aug. 30 at Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division’s …

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