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A faring, part of the Antares rocket, is rotated with the help of an Orbital Sciences Corp. employee inside the Orbital horizontal integration facility (HIF) at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Wallops Space Facility in Wallops Island, Virginia.

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A faring, part of the Antares rocket, is rotated with the help of an Orbital Sciences Corp. employee inside the Orbital horizontal integration facility (HIF) at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Wallops Space Facility in Wallops Island, Virginia.

Shelby: Protecting Taxpayer, Not Boeing

Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama says he’s trying to help U.S. taxpayers, not Boeing Co., by requiring companies competing to send astronauts to the International Space Station to file detailed financial and accounting reports justifying their costs. “NASA and its contractors have a...

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Elon Musk, co-founder and chief executive officer of Tesla Motors Inc. and Space Exploration Technologies Corp., signs autographs for attendees following a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing in Washington, D.C., on March 5, 2014.

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Elon Musk, co-founder and chief executive officer of Tesla Motors Inc. and Space Exploration Technologies Corp., signs autographs for attendees following a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing in Washington, D.C., on March 5, 2014.

Elon Musk Shaking Up D.C. — Like Auto and Space Races

Billionaire Elon Musk doesn’t do anything quietly. His Space Exploration Technologies Corp. won a battle with Amazon.com’s Jeff Bezos to lease a historic Kennedy Space Center launch pad, was the first private U.S. company to dock a spacecraft at the...

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A BP Plc logo at a gas station in London.

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A BP Plc logo at a gas station in London.

BP Boosts PAC Giving as Company Fights Suspension

As BP fights a suspension from U.S. government contracting stemming from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the London-based company is boosting its campaign contributions. The company’s political action committee made $208,000 in donations in 2013, almost three times the $70,500 it gave during 2011,...

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U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel leavs after about the Defense Department's FY2014 budget request during a briefing at the Pentagon, April 10, 2013 in Arlington, Virginia.

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U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel leavs after about the Defense Department's FY2014 budget request during a briefing at the Pentagon, April 10, 2013 in Arlington, Virginia.

Bloomberg By the Numbers: $17.6 Billion

That’s the value of contracts awarded by the Defense Department in August, that $17.6 billion representing a decline of almost 34 percent from the same month a year earlier. The decline was blamed on sequestration, as the Pentagon faced the...

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People walk through a newly-renovated corridor at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia.

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People walk through a newly-renovated corridor at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia.

Pentagon Off (Oops) by Billions

The Pentagon announced on Dec. 5 that C.R. Bard Inc. won a maximum $4.67 billion, one-year deal to deliver surgical products to the military. The award would have been a coup for Bard, representing almost twice the company’s $2.9 billion...

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Marine One, with U.S. President Barack Obama on board, passes the Washington Monument in Washington.

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Marine One, with U.S. President Barack Obama on board, passes the Washington Monument in Washington.

`Marine One’ Contractors Bid Anew

Let’s try this again: The U.S. Navy last week announced plans for a competition to develop and build a new fleet of presidential helicopters. The draft notice came three years after the service canceled a contract with Lockheed Martin Corp. for...

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A veterans job fair in Naperville, Illinois. Photograph by Tim Boyle/Bloomberg

A veterans job fair in Naperville, Illinois. Photograph by Tim Boyle/Bloomberg

Veteran Hiring Preferences: Not Always — 18 Times No, GAO Says of V.A.

Vets come first under a 2006 law designed to give small business owners who served in the military first dibs on contracts with the Department of Veterans Affairs. That is, unless they’re up against a few other preferred groups, according...

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