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Saudi Arabia becomes world’s biggest defense importer

Posted March 9, 2015 by Danica Kirka

Saudi Arabia has passed India to become the world’s biggest arms importer last year as concerns about Iran’s ambitions increase tensions in the Middle East. Saudi spending rose 54 percent to $6.5 billion last year, while India imported $5.8 billion, according to data released Sunday by IHS, a leading analyst of the global arms trade….

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AF, sister services rally at Pentagon to focus on close air support

Posted March 9, 2015 by Benjamin Newell

Representatives of each military service, joint war fighters, and civilian experts came together to discuss the future of close air support at an Air Combat Command-command hosted summit at the Pentagon, March 2-6. Dubbed the Future CAS Focus Week, the event served as a joint forum for more than 60 participants and senior leaders to…

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Raytheon demonstrates advanced microgrid system and control capabilities

Posted March 9, 2015 by

Raytheon and its partners, the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Primus Power, and Advanced Energy have successfully demonstrated an advanced microgrid system capable of islanded (off-grid) operation using stored and high penetration renewable energy. The testing effort, conducted at NREL’s Energy Systems Integration Facility, incorporated Primus Power’s EnergyPodƆ706kVA powertrain, two AE 100kW…

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News Briefs March 6, 2015

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Man charged with theft of military documents seeks release An engineer who worked for a defense contractor who’s been charged with attempting to travel to China with stolen documents on the development of advanced titanium for U.S. military aircraft is asking a judge to free him while he awaits trial. A hearing on Yu Long’s…

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AFRL offering prize for turbine engine development

Posted March 6, 2015 by Diane Kofoed

Air Force photograph by Rick Goodfriend Discover meetings to be held in Ohio on March 24-25. The Air Force Research Laboratory is leading the first Air Force technology prize, issuing a challenge to develop a small, efficient turbine engine for a shot at $2 million. Developers from across the United States, including individuals, teams and…

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Army Research Laboratory lays out science and technology priorities through 2019

Posted March 6, 2015 by Joyce P. Brayboy

Army photograph Dr. Rick Beyer, propulsion science expert, aligns a sample in a Bruker Wide-angle X-ray scattering camera at the Army Research Laboratory in Adelphi, Md. The laboratory recently released its technical implementation plan to guide the science and technology portfolio for the next four years. U.S. Army Research Laboratory, or ARL, director Dr. Thomas…

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Boeing, Cargolux Airlines celebrate 30th direct delivery of a 747 Freighter

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Boeing and Cargolux Airlines are celebrating the 30th direct delivery of a 747 Freighter to the Luxembourg-based cargo carrier. To mark the occasion, Cargolux’s latest 747-8 Freighter carries a special decal of the Father of the Boeing 747, Joe Sutter, the Boeing engineer who led the team that designed the airplane. We have built our…

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NASA spacecraft becomes first to orbit a dwarf planet

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NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA image Ceres is seen from NASA’s Dawn spacecraft on March 1, just a few days before the mission achieved orbit around the previously unexplored dwarf planet. The image was taken at a distance of about 30,000 miles. NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has become the first mission to achieve orbit around a dwarf planet. The spacecraft…

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AF responds to National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force

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The Air Force responded to the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force’s recommendations in a report to Congress March 4. Of the Commission’s 42 recommendations, Air Force officials disagreed with only one and are already in the process of implementing 25, as well as developing plans or pilot programs for another 16….

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Greenert: Sequestration threatens readiness, modernization

Posted March 6, 2015 by Amaani Lyle

As the Navy faces a projected shortfall of about $25 billion below the president’s fiscal year 2016 budget request, sequestration and the continuing funding resolution have degraded the service’s readiness and capabilities, the chief of naval operations told Congress March 4. In testimony before the Senate Appropriations Committee’s defense subcommittee, Navy Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert…

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