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F-35B completes first airborne engine start tests

Posted September 5, 2012 by by Victor Chen

The F-35 integrated test force announced the completion of a major prerequisite test for in-flight performance on the short take-off and vertical landing variant of the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter Sept. 4 at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif....

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U.S., Japan agree to add second radar installation

Posted September 17, 2012 by Karen Parrish

DOD photograph by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta walks with U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Salvatore A. Angelella, commander of U.S. Forces Japan, upon arriving in Tokyo, Sept. 16, 2012. Panetta is scheduled to visit with defense counterparts in Tokyo before traveling to Beijing and Auckland, New Zealand, during a week-long…

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Smartphones to steer unmanned rotorcraft on the battlefield

Posted October 5, 2012 by

The Office of Naval Research awarded contracts to Lockheed Martin and Aurora Flight Sciences Sept. 28 to develop robotic rotorcraft capable of supporting rapid autonomous aerial cargo delivery to the battlefield. ONR is initially providing $28 million to the industry-led teams to develop prototype concepts in the Autonomous Aerial Cargo Utility System program. The system…

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Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach hosts native plant restoration event

Posted October 24, 2012 by PO1 Eli Medellin

More than 100 volunteers celebrated National Public Lands Day with a native plant restoration event onboard Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, Calif., Oct. 20. The event was made possible by a grant from the Department of Defense Legacy Program, intended to improve the wildlife habitat on base and involve the public. “It’s a chance for…

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F-22′s success more than ‘skin deep’

Posted November 28, 2012 by SrA. Airman Joan King

Many are surprised to discover that the largest organ the human body has is the skin. Skin provides a physical barrier against harmful, external factors. The F-22 Raptor, much like the human body, has a layer of skin called low observable.

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Air Force launches 3rd X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle

Posted December 12, 2012 by Maj. Eric Badger

In the next installment to improve space capability and further develop an affordable, reusable space vehicle, the Air Force conducted its third X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle launch at Cape Canaveral, Fla., Dec. 11, officials said. The launch comes on the heels of the successful flight of OTV-2, which made an autonomous landing at Vandenberg Air…

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Infantry now shut to women; do they want it open?

Posted January 7, 2013 by Pauline Jelinek

If or when the Defense Department lets women become infantry troops – the country’s front-line war fighters – how many women will want to? The answer is probably not many. Interviews with a dozen female soldiers and Marines showed little interest in the toughest fighting jobs. They believe they’d be unable to do them, even…

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Northcom pursues closer engagement with Mexico

Posted January 23, 2013 by Donna Miles

Air Force photograph by TSgt. Thomas J. Doscher Air Force photograph by TSgt. Thomas J. Doscher Army Gen. Charles H. Jacoby Jr., commander of North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command, and Mexican Navy Secretary Adm. Mariano Saynez pause briefly at the NORAD and Northcom Sept. 11 Memorial during SaynezĂ­s visit to the…

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Army must complete analysis before opening jobs to women

Posted February 5, 2013 by C. Todd Lopez

Last month, the Secretary of Defense announced an end to the Direct Ground Combat Exclusion Rule for female soldiers. But the Army wants commanders in the field to know that it will be some time before they'll be able to make any changes in their units.

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New medal to retain place in order of precedence

Posted February 20, 2013 by Jim Garamone

The new Distinguished Warfare Medal will retain its place in the order of precedence among military decorations, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said Feb. 19. Much of the public discussion of the new medal has centered on its precedence. It ranks below the Distinguished Flying Cross and above the Bronze Star. “We are not diminishing…

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