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Sunday, September 21, 2014

  • Posted at 12:20 AM
    About 5,000 pounds of NASA science investigations and cargo are on their way to the International Space Station aboard SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft. The cargo ship launched on the company's Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex-40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 1:52 a.m. EDT Sunday, Sept. 21. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO The mission is the company's fourth cargo delivery flight to the space station through a $1.6 billion NASA Commercial Resupply Services contract. Dragon's cargo will support experiments to be ... read more

Saturday, September 20, 2014

  • Posted at 11:03 AM
    NASA announced Saturday the opening of registration for its Mars Balance Mass Challenge and the launch of its new website, NASA Solve, at the World Maker Faire in New York. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO "NASA is committed to engaging the public, and specifically the maker community through innovative activities like the Mars Balance Mass Challenge," said NASA Chief Technologist David Miller. "And NASA Solve is a great way for members of the public, makers and other citizen scientists to see all NASA challenges and prizes ... read more

Friday, September 19, 2014

  • Posted at 4:15 PM
    Debates about transparency within the Intelligence Community (IC) continue as leaks imperil relationships with allies and embolden enemies. Addressing these and other challenges was the focal point of the AFCEA/INSA Intelligence and National Security Summit 2014 in Washington, D.C. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20130410/DC92618LOGO Setting the tone for this discussion was its leadoff speaker, James R. Clapper, director of national intelligence (DNI). Clapper called out those who want the IC to be squeaky clean about its collection methods. "We are expected to keep the nation ... read more
  • Posted at 2:18 PM
    Invertix Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Altamira Technologies Corporation, has been selected as one of the large business awardees of a $5,040,000,000 ceiling Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM) Global Intelligence Support Services contract by the US Army - Fort Belvoir, Virginia. ... read more
  • Posted at 2:16 PM
    Fitch Ratings has affirmed Raytheon Company's (RTN) ratings at 'A-' and 'F2'. The Rating Outlook is Stable. These ratings cover approximately $4.7 billion of debt. A full ratings list appears at the end of this release. KEY RATING DRIVERS ... read more
  • Posted at 9:34 AM
    NASA Television will broadcast live the Sunday, Sept. 21, Mars orbital insertion of the agency's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft, from 9:30 to 10:45 p.m. EDT. The broadcast also will be available on the agency's website. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO The program, originating from the Lockheed Martin Facility in Littleton, Colorado, will feature live camera views of mission control, interviews with senior NASA officials and mission team members, and mission video footage. The spacecraft's mission timeline will place the spacecraft in orbit ... read more
  • Posted at 7:00 AM
    Keystone Shipping Co. was recognized today by the US Department of Transportation's Maritime Administration for its role in an unprecedented and ultimately successful mission to neutralize Syria's chemical material. The ceremony took place today in Portsmouth, VA, where the CAPE RAY, under Keystone's operation, returned following this successful mission. "Keystone Shipping Co. and its affiliates have been a proud partner of the United States Government for more than 90 years," stated Donald Kurz, President of Keystone Shipping Co. "During times of ... read more
  • Posted at 7:00 AM
    API Technologies Corp. (NASDAQ: ATNY) ("API" or the "Company"), a leading provider of high performance RF/microwave, power, and security solutions for high-reliability applications, announced today that it has been awarded a new patent for antenna technology for GPS and asset tracking applications. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20110629/NY28451LOGO U.S. Patent Number 8810474, titled "Antenna with High K Backing Material," features an API-designed topology designed to boost antenna performance. API's unique design reduces weight and delivers consistent performance, even when surrounded by a metallic structure, such as the ... read more
  • Posted at 6:00 AM
    Sue Nowicki, engineering director at Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE: NOC) Buffalo-based Amherst Systems business unit, was among 27 area women to be recognized for their business acumen and community spirit at the recent Buffalo Business First Women of Influence Awards. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20121024/LA98563LOGO A photo accompanying this release is available at: http://media.globenewswire.com/noc/mediagallery.html?pkgid=27794. Nowicki was honored in the Corporate Executive category, which recognizes female executives who have made their mark in a large corporate environment. A 25-year veteran of Northrop Grumman, Nowicki leads an ... read more
  • Posted at 5:11 AM
    The Institute for Defense and Business (IDB) announced its 2014-2015 class of IDB Executive Fellows at an installation ceremony in Washington, DC the morning of September 17, 2014 at the Army and Navy Club. The IDB established the Executive Fellows Program to provide selected retired senior leaders from the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, and the military services an opportunity to continue to share their knowledge and experience with future leaders. For the tenth consecutive year, SAS ... read more
  • Posted at 5:00 AM
    KeyPoint Government Solutions, the largest provider of security-clearance background investigations and screening services to the U.S. Government, has launched a nationwide recruiting initiative, the company today announced. In the last three months, KeyPoint, which operates in all 50 states and U.S. territories and protectorates, has doubled the size of its national workforce of security-clearance investigative professionals. However, KeyPoint CEO Eric Hess says making strategic investments that anticipate, not merely react to, broader opportunities to serve the company's U.S. Government customers, ... read more
  • Posted at 4:00 AM
    A more than 40-year employee of Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has been selected to receive the NASA Exceptional Public Service Medal for outstanding contributions to a NASA mission. Marda Barthuli has been recognized for excellence in helping resolve a spacecraft anomaly and for the execution of engineering processes and configuration management for NASA's CloudSat mission. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20140918/147145 "It literally takes my breath away to receive such a wonderful commendation, and it certainly puts the icing on the cake of ... read more
  • Posted at 2:20 AM
    Suicide is an important concern facing the military community. In recognition of Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, the Real Warriors Campaign encourages all service members, veterans and their loved ones to learn the warning signs of suicidal ideation and to support loved ones in seeking immediate care. On Sept. 5, the Defense Department released a suicide report for the first quarter of the 2014 calendar year. From January through March, there were 74 suicides among active-duty service members, 24 among reservists and ... read more

Thursday, September 18, 2014

  • Posted at 3:42 PM
    Patrol Services International (PSI) announced today that it has signed a franchise agreement with Scott Stewart, Lieutenant Colonel USAF, to provide security services in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. In addition to providing traditional services in Washington, D.C., this new division of PSI will operate under a unique classification of "Special Police" for the D.C. area, a designation issued only to select qualifying candidates by the Department of Criminal Justice Services. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20140918/147164 "Through this franchise, PSI will bring premiere private security ... read more
  • Posted at 2:29 PM
    The Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Washington, D.C. issued the following fact sheet today: Fact Sheet: Condemning Extremism and Combating Terrorism Public Statements by Senior Saudi Officials and Religious Scholars As the birthplace of Islam and the home of the Two Holy Mosques, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia rejects extremists and terrorists who aim to subvert the Islamic faith. Saudi officials and religious scholars have long been vocal in condemning terrorism and extremism. The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin ... read more
  • Posted at 1:30 PM
    Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE: NOC) Sheila Cheston, corporate vice president and general counsel, received the InsideCounsel Magazine Sharing the Power award for making significant strides to expand the influence and empowerment of women in the legal profession. Cheston received the award for leadership in enhancing diversity at the InsideCounsel-Transformative Leadership Awards dinner held last night in Washington, D.C. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20121024/LA98563LOGO A photo accompanying this release is available at: http://media.globenewswire.com/noc/mediagallery.html?pkgid=27781 At Northrop Grumman Cheston oversees all of Northrop Grumman's legal matters and is a ... read more
  • Posted at 1:10 PM
    Under a new contract with the U.S. Air Force, PlanetiQ LLC will provide an adaptable on-orbit platform for hosting U.S. government payloads as a subcontractor to Millennium Engineering and Integration Company. PlanetiQ, which plans to launch the first commercial constellation of weather and climate satellites, and Millennium are partnering under a contract awarded by the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) through its Hosted Payload Solutions program. The multi-award contract is worth up to $495 million. PlanetiQ's initial ... read more
  • Posted at 12:58 PM
    NASA has exercised an option to extend a contract with Barrios Technology Ltd. of Houston to provide support to International Space Station activities at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO The cost-plus-award-fee and incentive-fee contract modification increases the overall value of the contract by $83 million to almost $154.5 million. With the extension, the contract now ends Sept. 30, 2016. Products and services provided under the current contract support mission and program integration and necessary infrastructure operations functions for the space station. ... read more
  • Posted at 12:06 PM
    KLD Energy Technologies, an emerging leader in electric drive system engineering, development and manufacturing with headquarters in Austin, Texas, announced today they have formed an engineering and development partnership with Kenguru Inc. to develop Kenguru's 2(nd) generation steering wheel controlled all-electric low-speed vehicle that will provide reliable transportation and increased mobility for wounded U.S. veterans and other wheelchair enabled drivers. Both companies are based in Central Texas and this all-new partnership will create additional jobs in Texas. President Barack Obama ... read more
  • Posted at 11:19 AM
    Registration is open for the fourth running of the NASA Centennial Challenge program's Sample Return Robot Challenge, which will take place June 8-13, 2015. The autonomous robot competition, which carries a prize purse of $1.5 million, will be held at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts, which has hosted the event since 2012. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Teams must demonstrate a robot that can locate and collect geologic samples from a wide and varied landscape without human control in two levels of competition that increase ... read more