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X-47B operates aboard Theodore Roosevelt

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Navy photograph by Seaman Anthony N. Hilkowski The experimental X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstrator conducts an arrested landing aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Theodore Roosevelt is the third carrier to test the tailless, unmanned autonomous air craft’s ability to integrate with carrier environment. The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstrator…

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ATK receives orders for small-caliber ammunition

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ATK has received orders for approximately $387 million for small-caliber rifle ammunition to be produced at the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant in Missouri. The orders fall under the plant’s new production contract, which began Oct. 1, 2013, and include a mix of 5.56mm, 7.62mm and .50-caliber high-quality military ammunition. In 2012, the U.S. Army…

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VA announces additional $4.9 million to help eliminate vet homelessness

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The Department of Veterans Affairs announced Nov. 12 that 25 projects in 11 different states will share approximately $4.9 million in grants to provide enhanced services for homeless Veterans this year. This is in addition to the approximately $300 million in preventive grants awarded earlier this year through the Supportive Services for Veteran Families program….

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Study finds climate link to ‘atmospheric river’ storms

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A new NASA-led study of “atmospheric river” storms from the Pacific Ocean may help scientists better predict major winter snowfalls that hit West Coast mountains and lead to heavy spring runoff and sometimes flooding. Atmospheric rivers — short-lived wind tunnels that carry water vapor from tropical oceans to mid-latitude land areas – are prolific producers…

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Pentagon report shows spike in Afghan troop deaths

Posted November 13, 2013 by Lolita C. Baldor

The number of Afghan national security troops killed in combat shot up almost 80 percent during this summer’s fighting season, compared with the same time in 2012, as Afghans take the lead in the fight across the country. A Pentagon report says that U.S. and coalition deaths, meanwhile, dropped by almost 60 percent during the…

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U.S. Navy celebrates delivery of 3,000th Tactical Tomahawk missile

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Navy photograph In a landmark event, Raytheon Missile Systems recently delivered the 3,000th Tactical Tomahawk (TACTOM) missile to the U.S. Navy. The U.S. Navy marked a significant milestone Nov. 5, as the service joined defense contractor Raytheon Missile Systems in celebrating the delivery of the 3,000th Tactical Tomahawk) missile. TACTOM, also known as Tomahawk Block…

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AAR contract to provide Navy airlift support extended

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The Military Sealift Command has exercised a second one-year renewal option for AAR’s Airlift division to ferry critical supplies to U.S. Navy ships in the Western Pacific and Indian Oceans, and the Arabian Gulf. Military Sealift Command is the leading provider of ocean transportation for the Navy and the U.S. Department of Defense, operating approximately…

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Veterans

DOD, VA collaborate to serve nation’s veterans

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The departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs reaffirmed their commitment to serve and care for the nationĂ­s military veterans in a joint message issued by Acting Undersecretary of Defense Jessica L. Wright and Undersecretary of Veterans Affairs for Benefits Allison A. Hickey. The message reads as follows: To care for him who shall have borne…

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Space station crew lands with Olympic Torch; Finishes 166 days in space

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Expedition 37 crew members Karen Nyberg of NASA, Fyodor Yurchikhin of the Russian Federal Space Agency and Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency have returned to Earth from the International Space Station, landing at 9:49 p.m., EST, Nov. 10, after spending 166 days in space. Inside the Soyuz spacecraft carrying the astronauts was the…

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Nominees sought for AFA civilian award

Posted November 13, 2013 by Gloria Kwizera

Air Force officials are seeking nominations for the 2014 Air Force Association Outstanding Air Force Civilian Employees of the Year Award. Each year, the AFA recognizes Air Force civilian employees for outstanding achievement in four categories: Civilian Wage Employee (all Federal Wage System employees) Civilian Program Specialist (GS-1 through GS-11 or equivalent National Security Personnel…

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