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Composites key to tougher, lighter armaments

The Army is on the cusp of revolutionizing materials that go into armament construction, making for stronger, lighter and more durable weapons, Dr. Andrew Littlefield said.

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AAR awarded new contract from Bell Helicopter Textron to support T64 engines

AAR announced April 22 that Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. awarded its Defense Systems & Logistics business unit a contract providing warehouse and logistics services in support of upgrading T64 engines for the Bell V-280 Valor technical demonstrator aircraft.

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Last MC-130P Combat Shadows in the Pacific retire

The 17th Special Operations Squadron at Kadena Air Base, Japan, sent off the final two MC-130P Combat Shadows in the Pacific Air Forces to retire on April 15.

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F-22 test squadron recognizes decorated squadron member, Vietnam hero

Base leaders will always attest to the fact that people are what make Edwards AFB a unique place to work.

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NASA unveils celestial fireworks as official image for Hubble 25th Anniversary

The brilliant tapestry of young stars flaring to life resemble a glittering fireworks display in the 25th anniversary NASA Hubble Space Telescope image, released to commemorate a quarter century of exploring the solar system and beyond since its launch April 24, 1990.


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Raytheon, Kongsberg team on Naval Strike Missile

Posted  April 10, 2015

Raytheon and Kongsberg have formed a teaming agreement for the Naval Strike Missile. The pact represents a second step in the companies’ efforts to offer world-class Offensive Anti-Surface Warfare solutions to the many governments interested in this warfare mission.  Raytheon and Kongsberg formed a similar agreement last year to develop the Joint Strike Missile, the…

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Headlines April 8, 2015

Posted  April 8, 2015

News: U.S. promises to beef up defense aid to Persian Gulf allies – The White House has invited leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council nations – Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, United Arab Emirates and Oman – to the presidential retreat at Camp David in coming weeks, though the date is not confirmed. U.S. officials are…

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News Briefs April 8, 2015

Posted  April 8, 2015

U.S. approves $952 million sale of helicopters, missiles to Pakistan The Obama administration has notified Congress that it is selling Pakistan $952 million worth of attack helicopters, air-to-surface missiles and other forms of military assistance. The State Department says the deal would help a vital counterterrorism partner and advance U.S. national security. The 15 Viper…

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NASA selects proposals for ultra-lightweight materials for journey to Mars, beyond

Posted  April 8, 2015

NASA has selected three proposals to develop and manufacture ultra-lightweight materials for future aerospace vehicles and structures. The proposals will mature advanced technologies that will enable NASA to reduce the mass of spacecraft by 40 percent for deep space exploration. “Lightweight and multifunctional materials and structures are one of NASA’s top focus areas capable of…

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NASA extends Lockheed Martin contract to prepare cargo for ISS

Posted  April 8, 2015

Lockheed Martin will plan, process and pack a steady supply of cargo for the International Space Stationóranging from science hardware to food and the crew’s personal itemsóunder an extension of NASA’s Cargo Mission Contract. Currently, Lockheed Martin maintains more than three million items destined for the station. The team exports and ships about 25,000 pounds…

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Ready, set, retrograde

Posted  April 8, 2015

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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NASA joins forces to put satellite eyes on threat to U.S. freshwater

Posted  April 8, 2015

USGS/NASA Earth Observatory Toxic algal blooms like this one in Lake Erie in 2011 can cause human and animal health risks, fish kills, and degrade drinking water supplies. NASA has joined forces with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and U.S. Geological Survey to transform satellite data designed to probe ocean…

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America successfully completes contractor trials

Posted  April 8, 2015

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

Posted  April 8, 2015

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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Northrop appoints VP operations, command, control division

Posted  April 8, 2015

Northrop Grumman annouced it has appointed Christina (Chris) Williams, vice president, operations, for its Command and Control division within the company’s Information Systems sector, effective immediately. Williams will report directly to Sam Abbate, vice president and general manager, Command and Control division, and will have executive responsibility for the division’s business operations including operations optimization,…

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