Featured Headlines

NASA photograph by Lauren Hughes Local

NASA Armstrong successfully flies new subscale aircraft

The Subscale Research Lab at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in California recently introduced a not-so-small MicroCub, a 60-percent-scale super cub modified by Armstrong to support engineering campaigns focused on the integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems into the National Airspace System.

Air Force photograph by Staff Sgt. Rusty Frank Defense

National Defense Strategy drives Air Force budget

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations about the Air Force’s fiscal year 2019 budget in Washington, D.C., March 14, 2018.

army-budget2 Defense

Budget flexibility, Congress’ support can help Army modernize

The Army is grateful for increases offered in the Fiscal Year 2018 budget, said the service's secretary, but added greater flexibility on how to use that money is needed to make the best use of it.

Air Force photograph by Danny Webb Defense

Air Force, NATO works to address pilot shortage

The shortage of pilots in the Air Force has been well documented, but the United States isn’t the only member of NATO looking for more people to fill seats.

SOFIA/DSI photograph Local

SOFIA return to flight delayed

NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, SOFIA, remains in Hamburg, Germany, to address a repair that was discovered during a routine inspection and repair cycle, known as a C-Check.

All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.



No. 2 spender China to boost defense spending in 2018

Posted  March 7, 2018

China’s defense budget will rise 8.1 percent to 1.1 trillion yuan ($173 billion) this year as the country prepares to launch its second aircraft carrier, integrate stealth fighters into its air force and field an array of advanced missiles able to attack air and sea targets at vast distances. The figure released in a report…

Full Story »

Lockheed Martin photograph

Interceptor test proves Lockheed Martin’s Hit-to-Kill PAC-3 fielded reliability

Posted  March 7, 2018

Two Lockheed Martin PAC-3 Cost Reduction Initiative interceptors successfully intercepted two tactical ballistic missile targets recently in a test at White Sands Missile Range, N.M.

Full Story »

Navy photograph by PO3 Devin M. Monroe

U.S. aircraft carrier arrives in Vietnam for historic visit

Posted  March 7, 2018

Navy photograph by PO3 Devin M. Monroe The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) arrives in Da Nang, Vietnam for a scheduled port visit. The Carl Vinson Strike Group is in the western Pacific as part of a regularly scheduled deployment. USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) arrived in Da Nang, Vietnam, for a…

Full Story »

NASA photograph by Robert Markowitz

NASA team outfits Orion for abort test with lean approach

Posted  March 7, 2018

With the arrival of the Orion crew module to be used in the Ascent Abort-2 test at Johnson Space Center in Houston, the team is already at work with a lean, iterative development approach to minimize cost and ensure the flight test stays on schedule.

Full Story »


Eight U.S. allies watch newest Patriot upgrade in live fire test

Posted  March 7, 2018

Delegations from eight countries recently watched a live fire test of the newest suite of upgrades to Raytheon’s Patriot™ Air and Missile Defense System at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. U.S. Army soldiers conducted the test using Post Deployment Build 8, or PDB-8, to fire two Patriot interceptor missiles against two tactical ballistic missile targets….

Full Story »