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NAVSEA Completes Waterjet Seal and Evaluation on USS Fort Worth

Posted January 5, 2014 by Naval Sea Systems Command Office of Corporate Communications

Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) and Southwest Regional Maintenance Center (SWRMC) divers recently completed the first full underwater waterjet seal and evaluation on a littoral combat ship (LCS), USS Fort Worth (LCS 3), the Navy announced, Jan. 2.

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Hagel vows to restore confidence in nuclear mission

Posted January 27, 2014 by Nick Simeone

A day after ordering an independent review of the militarys nuclear force amid allegations of cheating on proficiency exams by Air Force officers overseeing the nations ballistic nuclear missiles, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Jan. 24 vowed to restore confidence in the Air Forces nuclear mission. Whatever the factors – historical, institutional, cultural – the Department…

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Balance key to fiscal 2015 budget reductions, Hagel says

Posted February 10, 2014 by Jim Garamone

Balance is the key to handling budget reductions for the next fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Feb. 7. Hagel has to cut $41 billion from the presidentís planned fiscal 2015 budget request, scheduled to be released March 4, and Pentagon planners are working with the White House and the…

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Official gives Congress details on fatal helo attack

Posted February 28, 2014 by Nick Simeone

Two and a half years after 30 Americans were killed in what stands as the deadliest day for U.S. forces in the Afghanistan war, a top Defense Department official told Congress Feb. 27 no evasive action could have been taken that would have prevented Taliban insurgents from being able to fire at close range on…

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Millennium Space Systems opens new 70,000 square-foot headquarters

Posted March 24, 2014 by

Millennium Space Systems executives, employees, business partners, and government officials March 24 celebrated the opening of the company’s “Factory of the New Millennium,” in El Segundo, Calif. The 70,000 square-foot facility will accommodate all of Millennium’s satellite engineering, manufacturing and mission operations activities in addition to 12,000 square-feet of dedicated SCIF space. Strategically located adjacent…

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Improved coating for howitzer spindles to save money, reduce environmental impact

Posted April 7, 2014 by by Dan Lafontaine

U.S. Army engineers' efforts to implement an improved coating for howitzer breech spindles will provide several benefits -- easing the logistical burden on Soldiers, reducing hazardous waste and saving millions of dollars.

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Spy plane outlasts Cold War, but not defense cuts

Posted April 23, 2014 by

The U-2 spy plane outlasted the Cold War, outlived its successor and proved crucial a half-century ago when two superpowers were on the brink of nuclear war. But defense cuts now threaten to knock the high-flying reconnaissance aircraft out of the sky. The Air Force wants to gradually retire the fleet of 32 “Dragon Lady”…

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Unmanned QF-16 takes flight at Holloman

Posted May 21, 2014 by

Air Force photograph by SSgt. E’Lysia Wray An unmanned QF-16 aircraft prepares to participate in a graduation exercise at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., May 14. The graduation exercise tests the aircraftís capabilities and connectivity to the White Sands Test System at White Sands Missile Range. The unmanned QF-16ís were converted to remotely piloted aircraft…

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Airmen, sailors build Navy mines for B-1 deployment

Posted June 11, 2014 by SrA. Yash Rojas

Airmen at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., partnered with several U.S. Navy minesmen June 2 through 7 during a joint training mission to exercise the B-1B Lancer’s capabilities in deploying Navy mines. The 28th Munitions Squadron members teamed up with midshipmen from the Naval Munitions Command Seal Beach for the first time to assist in building,…

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AFRL launches hypersonic branch at AEDC

Posted July 7, 2014 by Deidre Ortiz

The relationship between the Air Force Research Laboratory and Arnold Engineering Development Complex’s hypervelocity capabilities is paying dividends and leading to a more in-depth and scientifically broader collaboration. In light of the success of several joint projects, AFRL leadership has decided to extend the organization’s partnership with AEDC by establishing a new hypersonic research branch,…

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