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New method of testing parachutes developed at China Lake

Posted November 22, 2013 by

Engineers and technicians from NAWCWD China Lake, Calif., and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. recently conducted the first demonstration of a new method of performing load tests on large parachutes.

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Navy’s redesigned Aircrew Endurance Survival Vest reaches key milestone

Posted December 20, 2013 by Paul A. Paige

Lighter than its bulky predecessor, the Navy's redesigned Aircrew Endurance Survival Vest recently attained initial operational capability, a key milestone in the development of the life-saving equipment, the service announced Dec. 18.

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Dempsey makes case for slowing manpower costs

Posted January 17, 2014 by Jim Garamone

The Defense Department must slow the growth of its manpower costs to avoid a crisis in the future, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey said earlier this week. The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told NPR’s Tom Bowman that if military manpower and personnel costs continue growing at current levels there won’t be money…

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Army confirms Rapid Equipping Force as ‘enduring’

Posted February 3, 2014 by Kara Ewell

Army photograph by David Vergun Sgt. Maj. James Hash shows a Rapid Equipping Force-procured Dragon Runner, operated by Soldiers remotely in Afghanistan for reconnaissance and counter improvised explosive device operations. The venue is the Washington Auto Show, in February 2013, in the nation’s capital. The Army has affirmed the continued existence of its Rapid Equipping…

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USS Taylor runs aground while mooring in Turkey

Posted February 19, 2014 by

The Mayport, Fla.,-based frigate USS Taylor (FFG 50) is being inspected for damage after running aground Feb. 12. The incident occurred as Taylor was preparing to moor in Samsun, Turkey. Taylor was able to moor without further incident. There were no reported injuries, and the incident is currently under investigation. Additional information will be released…

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Study assesses physical demands for combat arms

Posted March 14, 2014 by Lisa Ferdinando

In full gear, Sgt. Shawanna Washington moved ammunition, loaded mortar rounds into a gun tube, moved agilely as if under enemy fire, and completed other physically demanding tasks of a Soldier on the battlefield.

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Air Force looks to cost-effective technologies to sustain future operations

Posted March 31, 2014 by SSgt. Torri Ingalsbe

Focused and balanced investments in science and technology programs across the services were at the center of discussions during a hearing before the House Armed Services Committees subcommittee on Intelligence, Emerging Threat and Capabilities on Capitol Hill, March 26. Dr. David Walker, Air Force deputy assistant secretary of science, technology and engineering, stressed the importance…

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X-47b completes night flights

Posted April 11, 2014 by Navy photographs

  The unmanned X-47B conducts its first night flight April 10 over Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md.  Night flights are the next incremental step in developing the operations concept for more routine UAS flight activity.  The Navy will continue to execute X-47B test events to mature standard operating procedures for cooperative use of the…

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Aviators eager to witness birth of Future Vertical Lift aircraft

Posted May 9, 2014 by David Vergun

Pilots want to fly it, mechanics want to maintain it, but no one knows for sure what the Future Vertical Lift aircraft will look like or what its characteristics will be once it cracks its shell and hatches.

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Eglin AFB F-35s surpass 5,000 combined sorties

Posted May 30, 2014 by 1st Lt. Hope R. Cronin

The 33rd Fighter Wing here etched another mark on the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter program by logging its 5,000th combined sortie, May 28.

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