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Army accepts delivery of first M109A7 self-propelled Howitzer system

Posted April 10, 2015 by Ashley Givens

Military personnel and defense contractors celebrated delivery of the first low-rate initial production M109A7 Self-Propelled Howitzer to the Army during a ceremony in Elgin, Okla., April 9.

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Air Force seeks to develop next gen paint booth

Posted April 10, 2015 by

Aircraft coatings are critical to the operational life of aircraft – enabling heat resistance and coating and corrosion protection. On the new F-35 Lightning II, coatings will require maintenance over the lifetime of the program to meet strict environmental controls and quality finishes. This can be a costly, energy intensive process. As a result, the…

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More ground robots to serve alongside soldiers soon

Posted April 10, 2015 by David Vergun

The dawning of a new age of Army ground robots will soon be here, said Scott Davis, program executive officer for Combat Support and Combat Service Support.

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Better Buying Power 3.0 strives to enhance U.S. tech edge

Posted April 10, 2015 by Jim Garamone

The United States must maintain technological superiority over potential adversaries and competitors, and the latest iteration of the Defense Department’s Better Buying Power initiative is designed to maintain that edge, Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work said in Washington, D.C., April 9. Called Better Buying Power 3.0, the program builds on previous versions, Work told Pentagon…

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CTF, Tunnel 9 continues to make facility the ‘go-to place’

Posted April 10, 2015 by Deidre Ortiz

"Tunnel 9 has operated under a Combined Test Force construct from day one at Arnold Engineering Development Complex," said Dan Marren, director of the AEDC White Oak, Md., site.

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North Island gets Fire Scout UAV avionics trainer

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The Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit North Island, Calif., now offers a full spectrum of MQ-8C Fire Scout Vertical Take-off Unmanned Aerial Vehicle maintenance instruction with the arrival of their avionics training system March 30. CNATTU North Island is the single training center with the capability to train Fire Scout maintainers, and has…

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Ready, set, retrograde

Posted April 8, 2015 by SSgt. Whitney Amstutz

As the United States seeks to lessen its footprint at locations across Southwest Asia, the word retrograde has been on the lips of Department of Defense decision-makers for months.

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America successfully completes contractor trials

Posted April 8, 2015 by PO2 Ryan Riley

Navy photograph by PO2 Jonathan A. Colon The amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) is underway off the coast of San Diego preparing for final contract trials. America is the first ship of its class and is optimized for Marine Corps aviation. The Navy’s newest amphibious assault ship, USS America (LHA 6), completed final…

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U.S. Navy kicks off naval engagement activities with Vietnam

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The U.S. Navy began the sixth annual Naval Engagement Activity with the Vietnam People's Navy April 6, as both nations celebrate the 20th anniversary of diplomatic relations in 2015.

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Army accepts 100th Apache ‘Echo’ model

Posted April 6, 2015 by timchisham

Army photograph by Capt. Jesse Paulsboe Soldiers, from the 1-229th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., became the first in the Army to field the latest version of the AH-64 Apache attack helicopter, Feb. 21, 2013. In late March, the Army accepted delivery of the 100th AH-64E Apache helicopter. The “Echo” model is…

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