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Pakistani Trade Delegation Seeks U.S. Investment in Talks this Week

Energy trade talks between the U.S. and Pakistan will be held in Houston this week following the latest round of working group discussions in Washington. Shahid Abbasi, Pakistani Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources, will lead the visiting trade mission, which is expected to identify U.S. opportunities for investment in the …

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Report: Navy Set to Declare P-8A Ready for Deployment

The Boeing P-8A Poseidon long-range maritime surveillance plane could be deployed as early as September if the Navy declares it to have achieved initial operational capability, Reuters reported Wednesday. Andrea Shalal-Esa and Lisa Lambert write the Navy will soon designated the Poseidon for the IOC status. Boeing is currently contracted …

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Orbital Sciences, SpaceX Conclude NASA COTS Mission; Charles Bolden, Frank Culbertson Comment

NASA has concluded the Commercial Orbital Transportation Service program with participation from Orbital Sciences and Space Exploration Technologies. The two companies helped develop the rockets and spacecraft under the COTS initiative to design a budget space transport that can ferry supplies and humans from Earth to the International Space Station, NASA …

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Pentagon Calls Off Russian Helicopter Buy

The Defense Department has cancelled plans to buy 15 Russian Mi-17 helicopters from state-owned enterprise Rosoboronexport , Reuters reported Wednesday. Warren Strobel writes the scuttled deal followed bipartisan criticism after reports surfaced that the Russian manufacturer also deals in arms exports to Syria. According to Reuters, the $345 million in cancelled …

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28 Organizations Signed Up for White House Big Data Initiative

The U.S. government’s big data initiative has amassed support from 28 companies and organizations since its foundation in March 2012, FedScoop reported Tuesday. Colby Hochmuth writes organizations participating in Data to Knowledge to Action work to bring experiences and lessons learned in using big data for healthcare and other sectors. Tom …

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IBM Report Examines Federal Analytics Systems

A new IBM study examines the government’s analytics programs and seeks to offer insights on how agencies can handle the explosion of data , FCW reported Tuesday. Adam Mazmanian writes the “From Data to Decisions III: Lessons from Early Analytics Programs” report looks at systems used by agencies since the …

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OPM: Agencies Should Find Ways to Keep Employees Engaged

Justin Johnson, deputy chief of staff at the Office of Personnel Management, has called on federal agencies to offer programs to boost employee morale and engagement, Federal Times reported Tuesday. “It keeps you feeling like what you’re doing is making a difference,” Johnson said about engagement. Sean Reilly writes an …

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Report: Japan Plans DARPA-Patterned Military Research Center

Japan is planning to form a research center patterned after the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency that is intended to study civilian technologies for military applications, Reuters reported Wednesday. Tim Kelly and Kiyoshi Takenaka write the research center is part of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s effort to lift Japan’s …

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