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SpaceX - Fall Down, Get Back Up - Unless Congress Keeps Them Down

Rick Tumlinson | Posted 06.30.2015 | Science
Rick Tumlinson

A rocket can be fixed. A mindset has to be changed or those holding it made irrelevant.

Arms Industry Ramps Up Lobbying Efforts As Budget Battles Continue

William Hartung | Posted 06.01.2015 | Politics
William Hartung

Breaking news! Nearly four years after budget caps imposed by Congress began to modestly rein in runaway spending at the Pentagon, the sky hasn't fallen. In fact, none of the dire predictions of Pentagon contractors -- from mass layoffs to a collapse of the U.S. military -- have come true.

Memorial Day: Praying for Peace While Waging Permanent War?

Bill Quigley | Posted 05.25.2015 | Politics
Bill Quigley

Memorial Day is, by federal law, a day of prayer for permanent peace. But is it possible to honestly pray for peace while our country is far and away number one in the world in waging war, military presence, military spending and the sale of weapons around the world?

The Madness of THAAD

John Feffer | Posted 05.24.2015 | Politics
John Feffer

Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) has not been demonstrated to work effectively. It pushes China and North Korea to spend more money on more missiles to overwhelm THAAD (just as the U.S. is moved to spend more money on missile upgrades to counteract the missile defense of other countries). And it is a poor substitute for arms-control negotiations.

Companies Profiting The Most From War

24/7 Wall St. | Mark Lieberman & Thomas C. Frohlich | Posted 03.23.2015 | Business

Billions upon billions spent every year.

It Wasn't Ammunition That Did This. It Was A Laser

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 03.06.2015 | Science

It wasn't a projectile or ammunition that destroyed this truck. But rather, a laser: Defense and aerospace company Lockheed Martin announced th...

Dark Money Casts a Sinister Shadow Across the Land

Robert Weissman | Posted 05.02.2015 | Politics
Robert Weissman

As a key first step to shining a light on dark money -- election-related funds whose source remains secret -- the president should issue an executive order requiring government contractors to disclose their election-related spending.

50 Years Ago Today: First Flight of the SR-71 Blackbird

Keith Thomson | Posted 02.21.2015 | Technology
Keith Thomson

The first SR-71 to enter service was delivered to the 4200th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing at Beale Air Force Base in January, 1966. A total of thirty-two Blackbirds served until 1998, never succumbing to enemy action.

Nuclear Weapons Lab Used Taxpayer Funds To Obtain More Taxpayer Funds

Center for Public Integrity | R. Jeffrey Smith | Posted 11.13.2014 | Politics

This story was originally published by The Center for Public Integrity, which is a nonprofit, nonpartisan investigative news organization in Washingto...

'Green News Report' - October 16, 2014

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 12.21.2014 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Rep. Paul Ryan backs away - sort of - from outright climate science den...

Experts Skeptical Of Aerospace Firm's 'Fusion Breakthrough'

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 10.17.2014 | Science

Ships, aircraft, and even entire cities may become fusion-powered a lot sooner than you might have imagined. That's the word from aerospace giant L...

Who Will Profit From the Wars in Iraq and Syria?

William Hartung | Posted 12.01.2014 | Politics
William Hartung

If there's one thing we should have learned over the past 13 years of war, it's that war is good business for those in the business of war. Unfortunately, while profits for the Pentagon's contractors increase, so does the cost to taxpayers in billions in waste, fraud, and abuse. As America embarks on yet another war in the Middle East, Congress needs to act now to stop this unjustified bonanza for the Pentagon's contractors. The most recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan offer an ominous example about what can happen when the rush to war is met with sharp spending increases coupled with little to no oversight or fiscal restraint.

Earth Orbit: Getting Crowded... Much Faster

Marco Cáceres | Posted 11.07.2014 | Science
Marco Cáceres

For many years, I have been anticipating the start of a revolution in the satellite market, in which the majority of the satellites built and launched would be of the micro, nano, pico, and femto variety.

If California's Poor Just Formed a Corporation, They'd Be $420 Million Richer

John Hrabe | Posted 09.06.2014 | Politics
John Hrabe

There's finally a state budget surplus, and it's reserved for an out-of-state corporation, not the 9 million people living in poverty. Under total Democratic control, California has just approved $420 million in corporate tax breaks for defense contractor Lockheed Martin.

Paul Blumenthal

Washington Lobbyists Pour Money Into Mississippi To Fend Off Tea Party

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 06.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Lobbyists in Washington are pouring money into Sen. Thad Cochran's (R-Miss.) runoff campaign, helping the six-term incumbent with a long...

National Science Olympiad at UCF Orlando

Lee-En Chung | Posted 07.19.2014 | Science
Lee-En Chung

Brainiacs galore! I perused the 30th Annual Science Olympiad National Tournament on May 16-17, 2014 at University of Central Florida's campus in Orla...

Injunction Against RD-180 Engine Sales May Have Implications for US Rides to ISS

Marco Cáceres | Posted 07.02.2014 | Science
Marco Cáceres

Assuming the Russians themselves don't decide to stop selling the RD-180s to ULA, Judge Braden's concerns should soon be alleviated and the sale of these engines should continue as normal.

STEM Contest Inspires Kids to Invent Our Future

Ravé Mehta | Posted 06.22.2014 | Impact
Ravé Mehta

If we can develop a better system to engage, empower and enable our children to innovate faster than our world systems decay, then our kids could not only save our world, they could reinvent our future!

Urban Mining

Peter Neill | Posted 05.03.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

Just as we have learned to recycle paper, glass, iron, steel, even water, we must now also learn to recover these new elements as well, mine their density and availability, and invent a new conduct toward sustaining the value of these most precious metals already in hand.

The Facade of Fancy Workplaces

Gil Laroya | Posted 04.06.2014 | Business
Gil Laroya

I learned over the years that huge buildings with beanbag chairs and dog-sitting stations do not make a company. It is the people who make the company, not the fluff. Think about where you work now, and understand where your daily motivations lie.

MAJOR Corporation Yanks Boy Scouts Funding Over Gay Ban

AP | BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 02.18.2014 | Gay Voices

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense and aerospace giant Lockheed Martin is halting its donations to the Boy Scouts of America over the organization's ban on g...

Defense Contractor Blames Austerity For Massive Job Cuts

Reuters | Karen Jacobs | Posted 11.14.2013 | Business

(Reuters) - Defense contractor Lockheed Martin Corp said on Thursday it plans to cut 4,000 jobs, or more than 3 percent of its worldwide workforce, t...

Huge Government Contractor Revises Furlough Plans

AP | Posted 10.07.2013 | Business

NEW YORK -- NEW YORK (AP) — Lockheed Martin said Monday that it is furloughing about 2,400 workers due to the government shutdown — 20 percent les...

Huge Government Contractor To Furlough Thousands

AP | Posted 10.04.2013 | Business

BETHESDA, Md. -- BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — Lockheed Martin says it will furlough 3,000 employees on Monday due to the government shutdown. The big defen...

This Week, Let's Help Burlington Kill the $1.5 Trillion F-35 Taxpayer Ripoff

Robert Naiman | Posted 11.30.2013 | Politics
Robert Naiman

If the Council votes to block the planes from being based in Burlington, that won't kill the $1.5 trillion F-35 taxpayer ripoff by itself. But it will set a crucial precedent. It will prove that the F-35 is politically vulnerable.