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New secretary testifies to commission on total force

Posted January 13, 2014 by Staff Sgt. David Salanitri,

WASHINGTON (AFNS) – The Air Force will rely more on its Air National Guard and Reserve components in the future with the aim to preserve more capabilities as the service seeks to reduce its personnel , the service’s top leader said Jan.9. In her first testimony as secretary of the Air Force, Deborah Lee James…

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DARPA programs create new future for space, director says

Posted January 13, 2014 by Cheryl Pellerin

Space is critical to understanding the planet and how the United States safeguards national security, but the costs and difficulties of reaching the domain have slowed U.S. effectiveness in space, the director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency said Jan. 13.

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Raytheon receives $156 million SM-3 contract

Posted January 13, 2014 by

The Missile Defense Agency awarded Raytheon an undefinitized contract action (UCA) valued at $156 million for the procurement of Standard Missile-3 Block IB guided missiles. The SM-3 missile is designed to destroy incoming short-, medium-, and intermediate-range ballistic missile threats by colliding with them in space, a concept sometimes described as “hitting a bullet with…

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Fifth Lockheed Martin MUOS satellite completes assembly, enters system test

Posted January 13, 2014 by

The fifth Lockheed Martin Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite for the U.S. Navy is entering its first system test faster than the previous build, now that integration is complete.

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Northrop Grumman’s Hunter UAS surpasses 100,000 combat flight hours

Posted January 13, 2014 by

Northrop Grumman's Hunter Unmanned Aircraft System, in use with the U.S. Army since 1996, recently surpassed 100,000 combat flight hours in service.

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Headlines – January 10, 2014

Posted January 10, 2014 by

News: Air Force crew members ‘made the ultimate sacrifice’ – The bodies of the four American air crew killed in a helicopter crash on the north Norfolk coast were removed from the wreckage today as their commander paid tribute to their ‘ultimate sacrifice.’ Captains Christopher S. Stover and Sean M. Ruane and TSgt. Dale E. Mathews…

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Northrop Grumman, Trex Enterprises to introduce celestial navigation to soldier precision targeting laser Systems

Posted January 10, 2014 by

Northrop Grumman has announced an agreement to collaborate with Trex Enterprises Corporation to bring celestial navigation technology to the precision targeting capability provided to the U.S. military and allied forces. Trex Enterprises has developed and matured the core technology for providing a highly accurate celestial navigation subsystem for use in military products and scientific applications….

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Navy to christen fourth Joint High Speed Vessel

Posted January 10, 2014 by

The Navy will christen Joint High Speed Vessel Fall River Jan. 11, during a 10 a.m. CST ceremony in Mobile, Ala. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus will deliver the ceremony’s principal address.   Diane Patrick, the first lady of Massachusetts, will serve as the ship’s sponsor. Upon delivery to the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift…

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Navy Identifies Missing Pilot in Crash (1/9 11 p.m.)

Posted January 10, 2014 by

Coast Guard photograph by Samantha May A Navy Sea Hawk helicopter and Coast Guardsmen from the U.S. Coast Guard patrol boat Shearwater (WPB 87349) search for a crew member of an MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopter that crashed, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, with five people aboard. Two Navy helicopters rescued four of the five crew members…

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DARPA’s ‘bionic’ upper limb enhances life for amputees

Posted January 10, 2014 by Amaani Lyle

It’s metal, sleek and precise. It pivots and flexes like a real hand, or at least one from a science-fiction movie. But with no Hollywood special effects involved, brain research experts at yesterday’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Congressional Tech Showcase here demonstrated an artificial arm and hand that can do everything from picking up…

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