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Navy warships built in Wisconsin draw federal scrutiny

Posted August 23, 2013 by

A federal watchdog agency is raising concerns over the U.S. Navy’s $40 billion littoral combat ship program, which supports more than 1,200 Wisconsin jobs and pumps millions of dollars into the state’s economy. The Government Accountability Office recently released a report questioning whether the warships perform as expected. The report identified deficiencies with certain core…

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U.S. military will remain strong despite budget cuts, Hagel tells Hawaii Marines

Posted August 23, 2013 by Donna Miles

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel assured Marines and sailors in Hawaii Aug. 22 that despite deep budget and force cuts, the U.S. military will remain the world’s best, and the nation will honor the commitments it has made to them. Hagel kicked off a four-nation trip to Southeast Asia with a troop talk at Marine Corps…

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Navy sailors, divers find, salvage downed F-16C

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Navy sailors and divers from Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit 2, embarked aboard the Navy's rescue and salvage ship USNS Grasp (T-ARS-51), found and salvaged a downed F-16 aircraft off the coast of Virginia, Aug. 6-20.

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Space, missile defense symposium promotes defensive future

Posted August 21, 2013 by Jason B. Cutshaw

Army photograph by Dottie White Lt. Gen. David L. Mann, commanding general, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, gives his opening remarks to kick off the 16th annual Space and Missile Defense Symposium at the Von Braun Center, Huntsville, Ala., Aug. 13, 2013. The symposium took place Aug. 12-15. The Rocket…

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NAWCAD team helps British crew complete new helo tests

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Photograph courtesy of Fred Troilo The upgraded CH-47 Chinook, outfitted with bright red skis, hovers over the airfield at Naval Air Station Patuxent River as it completes checks of a new digital automatic flight control system. The system gives the aircraft better low speed capabilities, allowing for safer maneuvering and increased control. Royal Air Force…

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USS Arlington hosts NASA spacecraft recovery tests

Posted August 19, 2013 by PO1 Eric Brown

Navy photograph by POC James Davis NASA engineers, Navy divers and sailors assigned to the amphibious transport dock ship USS Arlington (LPD 24) tow a test Orion capsule into the well deck of Arlington. This phase one test determined the best method for recovering the capsule after earth reentry and splashdown in the ocean. After…

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Inspired by nature: Innovative C-17 flight tests to save AF millions

Posted August 19, 2013 by Roger Drinnon

Air Mobility Command’s chief scientist credited birds, dolphins and surfers for the success of recent ground-breaking C-17 Globemaster III flight tests expected to save the Air Force millions in annual fuel costs. Dr. Donald Erbschloe flew aboard the test flights involving surfing aircraft vortices for energy – or “$AVE” – from Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.,…

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Helium supply critical to Army research

Posted August 19, 2013 by Ryan Keith

Army photograph by Ryan Keith Henry Everitt, Ph.D., senior research scientist for optical sciences at the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center at Redstone Arsenal, Ala., describes the critical role liquid helium plays in conducting basic research of terahertz spectroscopic and imaging techniques. Army senior research scientist Henry Everitt doesn’t take…

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Eglin’s F-35 fleet exceeds 2K sorties

Posted August 19, 2013 by Maj. Karen Roganov

Airmen and Marines assigned to the F-35 Integrated Training Center at the 33rd Fighter Wing, Eglin Air Force Base Fla., have consistently flown successful training sorties and generated their 2,000th sortie Aug. 13.

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Communications capability surpasses 50,000 flight hours

Posted August 19, 2013 by Patty Welsh

Courtesy photograph An E-11A aircraft outfitted with the Battlefield Airborne Communications Node, or BACN, flies at an undisclosed location. BACN enables interoperability across voice and datalink networks and it recently surpassed 50,000 flight hours. A Life Cycle Management Center program managed at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., that ensures war fighters can stay connected reached…

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