December 7, 1992

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Powell in Crossfire Over Defense Cuts

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Sandia Labs Probes Synthetic Environments

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Phillips Lab Studies Antimissile Laser

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Powell in Crossfire Over Defense Cuts

A drastically cut military budget could lead to a consolidation of roles and missions within five years

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Sandia Labs Probes Synthetic Environments

SANDIA NATIONAL LABORATORIES, N. M The power of massively parallel computing may one day enable pilots to test fly new aircraft long before they are built. One of the U. S. Defense Dept.'s seven major research and development thrusts for coming decades is the creation of synthetic environments through the use of massively parallel computing.
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Phillips Lab Studies Antimissile Laser

KIRTLAND AFB, N. M. The airborne laser has caught the attention of the USAF Air Combat Command, which is considering its use against tactical ballistic missiles. The laser also is being evaluated as a long-range reconnaissance sensor.
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January Pegasus Launch Key to Mission Rate Build-up

WASHINGTON Orbital Sciences Corp. has set early January for its next Pegasus flight, which is crucial to boosting the winged launcher's mission rate for the backlog of government and civilian payloads. Pegasus will carry a Brazilian data relay satellite on the upcoming flight, scheduled for Jan. 7.

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Nonlethal Weapons Give Peacekeepers Flexibility

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Reentry Vehicle Tests Hold Promise for Conventional Weapons

SANDIA NATIONAL LABORATORIES, N. M. With the end of the Cold War, U. S. defense laboratories are revealing previously super-secret nuclear reentry vehicle technology and applying it to what could become a new family of conventional hypersonic weapons.
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Ariane Launches Japanese Communications Satellite

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Nasa Shifts Station Jobs as Political Doubts Loom

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U. S. to Spearhead Somalia Relief Force

WASHINGTON The U. S. is assembling a military force of as many as 28,000 troops for deployment to Somalia as part of a massive U. N. effort to restore order in the famine-stricken African nation and protect humanitarian relief operations.

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Discovery Deploys Classified Satellite on Eighth Shuttle Flight of 1992

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