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Historic leap: Navy shipboard laser operates in Arabian Gulf

Posted December 10, 2014 by David Smalley

Officials at the Office of Naval Research announced Dec. 10 the laser weapon system - a cutting-edge weapon that brings significant new capabilities to America's Sailors and Marines - was for the first time successfully deployed and operated aboard a naval vessel in the Arabian Gulf.

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Air Force realigns missions to enhance nuclear support

Posted December 10, 2014 by

In response to a directive from the secretary of the Air Force and chief of staff of the Air Force, the 377th Air Base Wing in Albuquerque, N.M., will realign under Air Force Global Strike Command, and the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center will reorganize, combining the AFNWC commander and Air Force program executive officer…

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War fighters reap benefits as critical upgrades continue

Posted December 8, 2014 by Patty Welsh

Courtesy photograph Workers at Tinker AFB, Okla., install critical 40/45 upgrades to E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft during programmed depot maintenance. The AWACS 40/45 program office, headquartered at Hanscom AFB, Mass., is the lead for delivering, and potentially accelerating, the upgrades. The Airborne Warning and Control System 40/45 program office is delivering, and…

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NAWCWD team achieves automatic target recognition milestone

Posted December 5, 2014 by

Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division personnel at Naval Weapons Station China Lake, Calif., developed software that enables a radar to accurately alert the warfighter to adversary submarine periscopes on the cluttered and choppy surface of the ocean.

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USS New Orleans leaves BAE Systems Shipyard

Posted December 5, 2014 by Ens. Chloe J. Morgan

Amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18) departed BAE Systems Shipyard for Naval Base San Diego after a five-month planned maintenance availability (PMA), Dec. 3. The “Big Easy” spent the summer and fall undergoing an extensive maintenance period, receiving more than $16 million in repairs and upgrades to equipment and systems throughout the…

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Infrared search, track system achieves Milestone C approval

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The Navy’s infrared search and track  system received Milestone C acquisition approval Dec. 2, authorizing low-rate initial production of the sensor pod.

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ONR earns DOD manufacturing award for F-35

Posted December 3, 2014 by Eric Beidel

The Office of Naval Research received one of the nation's top manufacturing awards for an innovative, cost-saving method for making advanced cockpit enclosures, or canopies, for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter program Dec. 2.

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NORAD prepares to track Santa’s flight

Posted December 3, 2014 by

The North American Aerospace Defense Command’s NORAD Tracks Santa website, http://www.noradsanta.org, launched Dec. 1, featuring a mobile version, a holiday countdown, new games and daily activities and more. The website is available in eight languages: English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, and Chinese. Official NORAD Tracks Santa apps are also available in the Windows,…

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DOD seeks future technology via development plan

Posted December 3, 2014 by Amaani Lyle

The Defense Department seeks technology and innovative ideas as part of its Long Range Research Development Plan within the Defense Innovation Initiative, a broad effort that examines future capabilities, dominance and strategy, a senior DOD official said Nov. 24. The newly-released LRRDP Request for Information will provide a way for DOD technology scouts to collaborate…

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Air Force identifies nickel-free material for F-35 aircraft systems

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Nickel-based materials are used in several components of todayís fighter aircraft; however, working with these materials can be dangerous for installers and requires special handling procedures. Through a Small Business Innovation Research contract with the Air Force, Triton Systems, Inc., located in Massachusetts, developed a nickel-free material technology that is positioned for transition to several…

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