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DOD shows science, technology success despite hard year for workforce

Posted May 21, 2014 by Cheryl Pellerin

Despite a year of workforce furloughs and dwindling budgets, the Defense Department’s science and technology enterprise reports advances ranging from a full hypersonic weapon system and high-energy lasers to light-based brain treatments and new core capabilities in cyber warfare, senior DOD officials told a Senate panel May 14, 2014. Alan Shaffer, acting assistant secretary of…

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U.S. wants to advance military relations with China despite hacking incident

Posted May 21, 2014 by SFC Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

A day after the Justice Department charged five members of China’s military with hacking into computer networks of American companies, a Defense Department spokesman said the Pentagon wants to continue developing military relations with Beijing. We still desire, from a military perspective, to further grow and develop the military-to-military relationship and to find ways to…

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DOD joins efforts to suppress Southern California wildfires

Posted May 19, 2014 by SFC Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

The Defense Department is providing assistance to local emergency officials battling intense wildfires in the Southern California area, Defense Department spokesman Army Col. Steven Warren said May 16.

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GPS IIF-6 successfully launched from Cape Canaveral

Posted May 19, 2014 by

ULA photograph A Delta IV rocket lifts the Global Positioning System IIF-6 satellite into space May 16, 2014, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. GPS IIF-6 is the sixth in a series of 12 next generation GPS satellites. The GPS IIF series provides improved accuracy and enhanced performance for GPS users. The Air Force…

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STOVL testing at Edwards

Posted May 16, 2014 by Darin Russell

A Short Takeoff and Vertical Landing variant of the F-35 Lightning II is shown performing Crosswind and Wet Runway testing at Edwards AFB May 6. Pilot Dan Levin and a team from the F-35 Integrated Test Facility at Patuxent River, Md., accompanied aircraft BF-4 for the deployment April 11. Testing is expected to continue until…

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Researchers develop hands-free, eyes-free navigation for soldiers

Posted May 16, 2014 by Joyce M. Conant

Army photograph by Korey Mort Bruce Mortimer, director of Research and Development, Engineering Acoustics, Inc., Casselberry, Fla., provides training to the Soldiers prior to field assessments. Soldiers quickly learned how to use a tactile navigation system, and attained proficiency with the signals within 10-15 minutes. Researchers at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory continue to develop…

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Navy conducts initial Fire Scout, H-60 helo demonstration aboard LCS

Posted May 16, 2014 by

Sailors aboard USS Freedom (LCS 1) demonstrated the future concept of operations (CONOPS) for manned and unmanned helicopters aboard littoral combat ships during an underway off the coast of San Diego April 25-May 16, in preparation for an initial deployment of the aircraft later this year.

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Air Force moves closer to KC-46A beddown

Posted May 16, 2014 by Jennifer Schneider

Courtesy photograph Several projects will break ground at McConnell Air Force Base, Kan., in the upcoming weeks, including construction of one- and two-bay hangars like those depicted in this rendering. The construction is part of the beddown effort for the Air Forceís new fleet of KC-46A aerial tankers, expected to arrive in 2016. The Air…

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From idea to market in eight years, DARPA-fFunded DEKA Arm System earns FDA approval

Posted May 14, 2014 by

DAPRA photograph The DEKA Arm System is capable of handling objects as delicate as grapes and eggs and also manipulating power tools, such as a hand drill. DARPA launched the Revolutionizing Prosthetics program with a radical goal: gain U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for an advanced electromechanical prosthetic upper limb with near-natural control that…

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Army designing next-generation protective mask

Posted May 12, 2014 by

Army illustration Army researchers envision a fan embedded within the mask’s filtration system that uses less power, is lighter and is far less bulky than conventional respirators. It’s hot. Humidity is near 100 percent, and you’re in full combat gear — including chemical-biological protection. Between your helmet and mask, your entire head is covered, leaving…

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