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DOD seeks novel ideas to shape its technological future

Posted February 27, 2015 by Cheryl Pellerin

The Defense Department is seeking novel ideas to shape its future, and officials are looking to industry, small business, academia, start-ups, the public – anyone, really – to boost its ability to prevail against adversaries whose access to technology grows daily. The program, called the Long-Range Research and Development Plan, or LRRDP, began with an…

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Air Force places 18 A-10 aircraft into ‘Backup Status’

Posted February 27, 2015 by

The Air Force, with congressional authorization, will convert 18 primary combat-coded A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft from active units and place them into Backup-Aircraft Inventory status with the possibility to convert another 18 at a later date in fiscal year 2015. The secretary of Defense has authorized the Air Force to place up to a total…

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AFRL shape-changing materials make form a function

Posted February 27, 2015 by Holly Jordan

Air Force Research Laboratory research is shaping the future of aerospace. Through research into soft materials called liquid crystal elastomers, AFRL scientists have developed a method to locally program the mechanical response in polymer sheets without the use of actuators and traditional mechanical parts. This research (sponsored by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research)…

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Air Force Research Labís handheld imaging tool expands aircraft inspection capability

Posted February 25, 2015 by Jeremy Gratsch

Sensor Concepts Inc. photograph An operator demonstrates the portability of the handheld imaging tool. The technology provides maintainers the ability to evaluate aircraft in the field to ensure mission-readiness. When pilots climb into the cockpit they expect their aircraft to perform as advertised, regardless if take off is from a home base or deployed location….

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Missile Defense System performs successful flight test

Posted February 25, 2015 by

MDA photograph Three short-range ballistic missile targets are launched from NASAís Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, Va., in support of Flight Test Other-19 on Feb. 24, 2015. The Missile Defense Agency and sailors aboard the USS Carney, USS Gonzalez, and USS Barry successfully completed a flight test involving the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense weapon system,…

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Female soldier successfully completes 2nd pre-Ranger course

Posted February 25, 2015 by David Vergun

A female first lieutenant from Fort Carson, Colo., who flies Apache helicopters, successfully completed all course requirements of the second gender-integrated Ranger Training Assessment Course, or RTAC, which ended this week.

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AF marks first RQ-4 non-military base landing

Posted February 25, 2015 by Maj. Ben Sakrisson

Air Force photograph by Sheila deVera A U.S. Air Force RQ-4 Global Hawk prepares to land Feb. 21, 2015, at Avalon Airport in Victoria, Australia, marking the first historic landing in Australia in preparation for the 2015 Australian International Air Show and Aerospace & Defense Exposition. Approximately 100 U.S. personnel will showcase U.S. military aircraft,…

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New process to save Army money, yield cheaper rounds

Posted February 25, 2015 by Kevin Jackson

A new process at McAlester Army Ammunition Plant, or MCAAP, will make more recovered projectile bodies viable for reuse in the production of field artillery training rounds and provide the military with a cheaper and safer munition, Army officials said.

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NASA test fires new rocket with Army-developed igniter motor

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When the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center test fired the Peregrine rocket, Feb. 10, members of the local Army research and development community watched with great interest.

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For Navy’s C-20A ‘CATBIRD,’ a chance for nine lives

Posted February 23, 2015 by

Navy photograph C-20 Final Flight: U.S. Navy Gulfstream III C-20A taxiing after its final flight Feb. 2 from Cahokia, Ill., to Carbondale, Ill., arriving at Southern Illinois University. A U.S. Navy Gulfstream III C-20A aircraft scheduled for disposal received new life when it was donated Feb. 3 to Southern Illinois University. The CATBIRD was removed…

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