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Improved Multiple Launch Rocket System tested at White Sands Missile Range

More than 100 artillery rockets were launched June 16 at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., or WSMR, to test an improved version of the M270A1 Multiple Launch Rocket System, or MLRS.

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AF Special Operations Command receives first AC-130J

The first AC-130J Ghostrider landed at Hurlburt Field, Fla., July 29, making it Air Force Special Operations Command’s first AC-130J.

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Lockheed Martin successfully tests design changes for Orion

Lockheed Martin engineers have successfully completed testing of design changes made to the NASA Orion spacecraft’s fairing separation system. These changes resulted from data collected during Orion’s first test flight Dec. 5, 2014.

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CH-46 ‘Phrog’ makes its last hop

It’s the last hop for the CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter commonly known as the “Phrog.”

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Surface-to-surface missile test for LCS successful

Engineering development tests of modified Longbow Hellfire missiles for use on littoral combat ships were successfully conducted in June the Navy reported July 30.


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Airmen train for ‘new wild, wild west’ in cyber domain

Posted  July 10, 2015

On any given day, the Defense Department defends itself against numerous cyber-attacks at installations throughout the world. To help combat this growing threat, Airmen from the 39th Information Operations Squadron train to defend computer networks against invisible ordnance in the operational domain of cyberspace.

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OPM computer attack highlights bigger issue

Posted  July 10, 2015

The attack on the Office of Personnel Management’s computer system illuminates a larger issue of deterrence, said the Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper recently. Clapper, speaking at the annual GEOINT Symposium, said of the challenge such a hack presents, “until such time as we can create both the substance and psychology of deterrence,…

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NASA selects astronauts for first U.S. commercial space flights

Posted  July 10, 2015

NASA has selected four astronauts to train and prepare for commercial spaceflights that will return American launches to U.S. soil and further open up low-Earth orbit transportation to the private sector. The selections are the latest major milestone in the Obama Administration’s plan to partner with U.S. industry to transport astronauts to space, create good-paying…

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Boeing, Polish armaments group explore business opportunities

Posted  July 10, 2015

Boeing and members of its AH-64E Apache industry team – General Electric, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and Longbow Ltd. – launched an initiative with Polish Armaments Group to explore opportunities for collaboration with Polish industry. More than 10 Polish companies participated in the two-day workshop with Boeing and its teammates to forge partnerships as part of…

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WWII Veteran, POW receives Presidential Unit Citation

Posted  July 10, 2015

A veteran from the greatest generation was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation with one oak leaf cluster by Sen. John S. McCain on Capitol Hill, July 7.

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Army to realign brigades, cut 40,000 Soldiers, 17,000 civilians

Posted  July 10, 2015

By the end of fiscal 2018, the active Army expects to have drawn down in size from 490,000 to 450,000, said Army officials during a press conference at the Pentagon, July 9. The service will also shrink the size of several brigade combat teams and will cut 17,000 civilian employees.

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Lockheed Martin completes 100th THAAD interceptor

Posted  July 10, 2015

Lockheed Martin delivered the 100th interceptor for the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system in a recent ceremony at the company’s Troy, Ala., facility. THAAD is a key element of the Ballistic Missile Defense System and is highly effective at protecting America’s military, allied forces, citizen population centers and critical infrastructure from short- and medium-range…

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AF Vietnam veterans honored on Capitol Hill

Posted  July 10, 2015

Current and former service members, members of Congress, Vietnam veterans and Air Force senior leaders gathered in the Emancipation Hall of the U.S. Capitol in Washington July 8 for a Congressional Commemoration to honor those who served during the Vietnam War.

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Northrop Grumman to provide mission computer for USMC helicopter upgrades

Posted  July 10, 2015

Northrop Grumman was recently awarded a contract from Naval Air Systems Command to deliver its next-generation mission computer for Lot 12 of the Marine Corps’ H-1 helicopter upgrade program. Under this contract, Northrop Grumman will provide FlightPro™ Gen III mission computers for the UH-1Y and AH1Z aircraft. These aircraft are expected to be the first…

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Headlines July 8, 2015

Posted  July 8, 2015

News Home Depot has better cyber security than 25 U.S. defense contractors New rankings raise questions about the extent to which cybersecurity is a shared responsibility between government agencies and contractors. http://www.defenseone.com/technology/2015/07/home-depot-has-better-cyber-security-25-us-defense-contractors/116995/ Business F-22 Raptor structural retrofit to take longer, but availability hits 63 percent The Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor may be the world’s greatest…

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