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Navy decommissions USS Norfolk

Posted December 12, 2014 by Kevin Copeland

Navy photograph by PO1 Shannon D. Barnwell The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Norfolk (SSN 714) returns to homeport at Naval Station Norfolk after completing its final deployment. Norfolk will begin the inactivation process in 2015. The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Norfolk (SSN 714) was decommissioned Dec. 11 during a ceremony at Naval Station…

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Navy names new Virginia-class attack submarine

Posted January 9, 2015 by

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced Jan. 9 that SSN 795, a Virginia-class attack submarine, will bear the name USS Hyman G. Rickover. Mabus named the submarine to honor U.S. Navy Admiral Hyman G. Rickover, the man credited for developing USS Nautilus (SSN 571), the world’s first operational nuclear-powered submarine. Virginia-class submarines provide the…

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B-2 completes first ever 18.5-hour polar test mission

Posted April 5, 2012 by

PALMDALE, Calif. – Under contract to the U.S. Air Force, Northrop Grumman’s B-2 Spirit stealth bomber has completed its first 18.5-hour sortie over the North Pole to validate new flight management software. The computer upgrade system, which is the cornerstone for all future B-2 upgrades, is now ready to enter low-rate initial production. The Extremely…

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Foreign military sales make partnerships strong, keep production lines hot

Posted April 26, 2012 by by C. Todd Lopez

On the Arabian Peninsula, the Saudi government has purchased $17 billion in military hardware from the United States. But they don’t buy it directly from manufacturers like Boeing or Sikorsky, they buy it...

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DOD budget request reflects tough choices

Posted May 10, 2012 by by Karen Parrish

DOD photograph by Glenn Fawcett Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, conduct a press conference in the Pentagon press briefing room, May 10, 2012. As Congress marks up the military budget, the nation’s defense leaders…

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Army evaluates net-centric interoperability for coalition ground forces

Posted May 23, 2012 by by Amanda Rominiecki

The U.S. Army hosted a coalition interoperability experiment to identify performance shortfalls and to evaluate future network architectures that will better enable interoperability for coalition ground forces brigade...

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Army engineers spur development of tactical microgrids

Posted June 7, 2012 by by Dan Lafontaine

U.S. Army engineers are leading research on tactical microgrids to deliver more efficient power to soldiers across combat zones. These microgrids are designed and built to provide power independently...

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AFMC ready to transition to 5-Center construct

Posted June 19, 2012 by

With three major milestones complete, Air Force Materiel Command officials are ready to consolidate the number of centers as part of its command-wide transition to the 5-Center construct. Centers will be activated at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, and Tinker AFB, Okla., in the coming weeks. At Edwards AFB, Calif., the Air Force Flight Test Center will…

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Press secretary objects to Congressional Budget Office forecasts

Posted July 13, 2012 by By Jim Garamone

A Congressional Budget Office analysis suggesting the Pentagon budget will be $123 billion higher than expected over the next five years...

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Carter addresses Joint Strike Fighter program

Posted July 23, 2012 by by Karen Parrish

Many countries that are partnering with the United States in the F-35 joint strike fighter program will have a role to play in the aircraft’s assembly, but the U.S. government will not decide which country does what, Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter said in Tokyo, Japan, July 21. During a press conference with Japanese…

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