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Sky Cop Scrutiny

October 1, 2004 Revelations of misconduct put federal air marshals under a microscope. The Federal Air Marshal Service has hired and trained thousands of undercover agents to deal with the threat of hijackings and bombings since Sept. 11, 2001. In three years, it has switched parent agencies three times. Now, in the midst...

Quantum Matchmaker

October 1, 2004 Physicist Deborah Jin brought unsociable atoms together to create a new form of matter. Late last year, Deborah Jin coaxed several hundred thousand fiercely antisocial atomic particles to dance as partners in a very, very cold gas. What resulted was one of the most sought-after, bizarre and basic forms of...

Terminal Condition

September 15, 2004 Approaching its third birthday, the Transportation Security Administration comes to a turning point. Will it reinvent itself or fade away? In June 2002, just after Dario Compain took his oath as Tampa International Airport's first federal security director, the 30-year Army veteran got a phone call from the wary airport...

Out of Orbit

September 15, 2004 The Defense Department must step up efforts to establish a cadre of space experts. More than three years after a national commission concluded that the military needs a nucleus of space experts, the Defense Department has yet to establish a professional cadre with the smarts to master highly complex technology...

Space facilities struggle to get back to business after hurricane

September 8, 2004 Disaster response teams scouring NASA's Kennedy Space Center in the aftermath of Hurricane Frances have discovered more damage to important shuttle launch infrastructure. After a helicopter tour of the coastal spaceport Tuesday, KSC Director James Kennedy added a computer center to the growing list of facilities that are uninhabitable. He...

NASA tallies hurricane damage at Florida launch site

September 7, 2004 Hurricane Frances spared America's space shuttle fleet, but took a costly toll on facilities needed to prepare the winged craft for launch. The Labor Day weekend storm ripped metal siding from the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center and peeled back the roof of the factory where the...

Citizen-Scientists

September 1, 2004 The Defense Department reaches out to students to head off a void of U.S. scientists and engineers. The Defense Department needs more scientists and engineers with one thing in common: U.S. citizenship. Demand is high for specialists to carry out Defense technology initiatives in hypersonic flight, space access, power generation,...

Air marshals under review following inspector general’s investigation

September 1, 2004 The Federal Air Marshal Service is reviewing the backgrounds of thousands of secret agents after the Homeland Security Department's inspector general exposed hundreds of cases of misconduct. "We're going to examine them to make sure they meet law enforcement thresholds," FAMS spokesman Dave Adams told Government Executive Wednesday. "If they...

Space Case

August 15, 2004 NASA team working on return to space flight breaks for UFO investigation. A funny thing happened on the way back to space. Earlier this year, in the midst of a grueling effort to get shuttles orbiting again, NASA got sidetracked by a congressman's request to identify a UFO in 32-year-old...

Return to Flight

August 15, 2004 NASA is shifting its spending efforts toward acquiring new space exploration technology. NASA's 2005 procurements will further the space agency's efforts to bring to life two dreams-one grounded in reality and another soaring among the stars. NASA already has begun acquiring the technology it needs to heed President Bush's January...