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U.S. and Poland host international nonproliferation workshop for law enforcement personnel

The U.S. Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) and the U.S. Department of State partnered with the Polish Customs Service to host the first joint field operation workshop for law enforcement personnel June 20-22 at the Rzeszów–Jasionka Airport near Jasionka, Poland. The regional workshop consisted of classroom-based lectures on commodities that are subject to [...]

MHI says H3 rocket development on track for 2020

WASHINGTON — Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, the prime contractor for Japan’s next-generation launch vehicle, the H3, says it is on schedule for a first launch in 2020, and will soon learn if the cost-cutting efforts pursued over the past three years will meet the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s goal of halving launch prices compared to the [...]

James M. Boncella, Los Alamos Actinide Chemist, named Fellow in American Chemical Society

LOS ALAMOS, N.M., June 26, 2017—James M. Boncella, deputy group leader in Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Inorganic, Isotope and Actinide Chemistry group, has been selected as a 2017 Fellow in the American Chemical Society (ACS).  The ACS Fellows Program recognizes members who have both made exceptional scientific contributions and who have provided excellent volunteer service [...]

Improper Shipment from Los Alamos National Laboratory

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has been informed by Los Alamos National Laboratory that proper procedures were not followed in shipping small quantities of special nuclear material to both Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the Savannah River National Laboratory last week. The shipments should have been made using commercial ground cargo [...]

Final Countdown to 2017 DOD Warrior Games

After two years of planning and preparation, the 2017 Department of Defense (DoD) Warrior Games will kick off in Chicago, Friday, June 30 and run through Saturday, July 8.

OHB, Surrey Satellite win contract for eight more Galileo navigation satellites

OHB and Surrey Satellite have won a contract for another eight Galileo navigation satellites. The companies signed the contract Thursday with the European Space Agency, which procures the satellites on behalf of the EU. The companies won the contract despite Brexit-related complications for U.K.-based SSTL, which will require some kind of agreement to allow the [...]

Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group Returns from WESTPAC Deployment

The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), Ticonderoga class guided—missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57), Arleigh Burke—class guided—missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108), along with embarked Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 1, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 and Destroyer Squadron (DESRON)

Space Corps proposal becoming flashpoint in DoD budget negotiations

WASHINGTON – In the past three months alone, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson and Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein have found themselves before the Senate Appropriations Committee, House Armed Services Committee, and Senate Armed Services Committee. It’s an unusually busy congressional appearance schedule that reflects budget season in the nation’s capital: no one wants [...]

ESA aims to privatize Space Rider unmanned spaceplane by 2025

LE BOURGET, FRANCE — Although Europe’s Space Rider reusable spaceplane is three years or so from its debut, the European Space Agency is already making plans to privatize the unmanned orbital vehicle. By 2025, ESA officials said, Space Rider could be operating commercially, flying science payloads and bringing them back to Earth for roughly $9,200 per [...]

Op-ed | Turning technology inside our adversaries

This commentary originally appeared in the June 19, 2017 issue of SpaceNews magazine.  From the dawn of warfare, the key warfighting precepts of “hold the high ground” and “keep the sun behind you” have evolved and become more subtle, but they are still valid today. As air power in World War II evolved, battles moved [...]