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Douglas Ernst

Douglas  Ernst

Articles by Douglas Ernst

** FILE ** A NASA artist's rendering of the Mars Rover, Curiosity. (Associated Press)

UAE plans to send first Arab spacecraft to Mars by 2021

Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum of the United Arab Emirates wants the Islamic world to set its sights on the stars and he wants a spacecraft that is worthy of a mission to Mars to launch within a decade. Published July 16, 2014

** FILE ** Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) speaks to members of the media during a break in testimony from Veteran Affairs Undersecretary for Health for Administrative Operations Assistant Deputy Philip Matkovsky and Acting Veterans Affairs Inspector General Richard Griffin during a late night  House Veterans' Affairs Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., June 9, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Philadelphia VA tried to bug congressional investigators

During a congressional hearing into alleged intimidation of whistleblowers at the Department of Veterans Affairs, it was revealed that members of the Philadelphia regional office tried to record committee investigators with microphones and cameras earlier in the month. Published July 15, 2014

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Combat fatigue: Elite special forces troops are 'fraying,' Gen. Joseph Votel warns

Even America's elite warriors have a breaking point. Army Lt. Gen. Joseph Votel told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday that he believed troops assigned to U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) may be "fraying" from overuse. Gen. Votel is President Obama's nominee to head SOCOM with the departure of Navy Adm. William H. McRaven. Published July 11, 2014

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Pentagon's human memory-chip program moves forward

The Pentagon agency tasked with creating with breakthrough technologies for national security has awarded contracts to two universities to create memory chips for service members and veterans suffering from traumatic brain injuries or disease. Published July 10, 2014