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Soldier input aids Army researchers

Posted September 30, 2013 by Jake Dorsey

When Army researchers needed feedback on a new combat vehicle, they went to the real experts – the users. They visited experienced brigades – including 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, a Stryker brigade combat team at Joint Base Lewis-McChord – to get the opinions of Soldiers whose lives could depend on the new vehicles and…

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Hagel issues message to workforce as potential shutdown looms

Posted September 30, 2013 by

With a government shutdown possible in the absence of federal funding beyond fiscal 2013, which ends at midnight tonight, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Sept. 30 issued a message to the Defense Department workforce. Here is the text of the secretary’s message: As you know, the government’s annual funding could expire at midnight tonight. I have…

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Astronauts Chamitoff, Garan depart NASA

Posted September 30, 2013 by

NASA astronauts Gregory Chamitoff and Ronald Garan are leaving the agency. Chamitoff is joining the faculty of Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, and the University of Sydney in Australia. Garan will work on a range of new entrepreneurial and humanitarian efforts. “Greg and Ron will certainly be missed by the Astronaut Office,” said…

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NASA’s Cassini spacecraft finds ingredient of household plastic in space

Posted September 30, 2013 by

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has detected propylene, a chemical used to make food-storage containers, car bumpers and other consumer products, on Saturn’s moon Titan. This is the first definitive detection of the plastic ingredient on any moon or planet, other than Earth. A small amount of propylene was identified in Titan’s lower atmosphere by Cassini’s Composite…

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News Briefs September 27, 2013

Posted September 27, 2013 by

Minuteman missile test-launched from California The U.S. Air Force has test-launched an unarmed Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missile from California. The missile lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 3:33 a.m., PDT, Sept. 26 It was the second Minuteman launch from Vandenberg this week. The first was launched early Sunday. No details of the…

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Raytheon’s GriffinÆ missile demonstrates maritime protection capabilities

Posted September 27, 2013 by

Raytheon and the U.S. Navy demonstrated the GriffinÆ missile’s combat proven capabilities in a maritime environment by successfully engaging fast-moving small boats from various platforms throughout a series of at-sea tests. During one of the tests, the MK-60 Patrol Coastal Griffin Missile System was integrated on a Cyclone-class Patrol Coastal-class ship, where the missile was…

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Boeing, WestJet announce order for 65 737 MAX airplanes

Posted September 27, 2013 by

Boeing and WestJet announced Sept. 26 that they have completed an order for 65 737 MAX airplanes, fulfilling the carrier’s letter of intent to purchase the airplanes announced on Aug 29. The order, valued at $6.3 billion at list prices, consists of 40 737 MAX 8s and 25 737 MAX 7s. The airplanes are a…

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DOD taking prudent steps in face of government shutdown

Posted September 27, 2013 by Jim Garamone

The Defense Department is taking prudent steps to plan for a possible government shutdown Oct. 1, Deputy Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said in a memo signed Sept. 26. The deputy secretary believes there is still time for Congress to enact legislation to avoid a shutdown. The administration is willing to work with Congress to…

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Photograph by Bengt Bjork
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First Archer systems delivered in Sweden

Posted September 27, 2013 by

Photograph by Bengt Bjork Lena Gillstrˆm (right) managing director at BAE Systemsí Weapon Systems business in Sweden delivers the first four ARCHER systems to FMVís Director General Lena Erixon. BAE Systems delivered the first four ARCHER artillery systems to the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration, FMV, during a handover ceremony at the companyís Karlskoga, Sweden facility…

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Strike Fighter Squadron 101 to host F-35C rollout ceremony

Posted September 27, 2013 by

The Navy’s first F-35C Lightning II carrier variant aircraft squadron, the “Grim Reapers” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101, will host a rollout ceremony for their new aircraft at the squadron’s home at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Oct. 1. The rollout ceremony will commemorate the long, storied history of the “Grim Reapers” and the…

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