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Northrop Grumman delivers center/aft ‘shipset’ for first international EA-18G Growler

Northrop Grumman has completed and delivered to The Boeing Company a major subassembly of the first of 12 EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft ordered by the Royal Australian Air Force.

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Navy conducts production acceptance test of Tomahawk missile

The Navy's Tactical Tomahawk missile underwent a successful production acceptance test March 19 using functional ground test capability at Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division's Large Rocket Motor Test Facility in Indian Head, Md.

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9th-generation GPS satellite blasts off from ‘The Cape’

The 45th Space Wing, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., supported the successful launch of a United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket carrying the Air Force's ninth Block IIF-9 navigation satellite for the GPS March 25, 2015, from Launch Complex 37 here.

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NASA asteroid hunter spacecraft data available to public

Millions of images of celestial objects, including asteroids, observed by NASA's Near-Earth Object Wide-field Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) spacecraft now are available online to the public.

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NASA’s Hubble, Chandra find clues that may help identify dark matter

Using observations from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and Chandra X-ray Observatory, astronomers have found that dark matter does not slow down when colliding with itself, meaning it interacts with itself less than previously thought.


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Saudi Arabia becomes world’s biggest defense importer

Posted  March 9, 2015

Saudi Arabia has passed India to become the world’s biggest arms importer last year as concerns about Iran’s ambitions increase tensions in the Middle East. Saudi spending rose 54 percent to $6.5 billion last year, while India imported $5.8 billion, according to data released Sunday by IHS, a leading analyst of the global arms trade….

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F-35 foes lose fight in land-use permit ruling

Posted  March 9, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. – Opponents of F-35 fighter planes coming to the Burlington International Airport lost a Vermont Supreme Court appeal over state permitting on Friday, but one justice called the potential jet noise “an alarming wakeup call.” The Vermont Air National Guard is scheduled to get 18 F-35s in 2020. Some people who live near…

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Stamp sheet honors Vietnam Medal of Honor recipients

Posted  March 9, 2015

March 8 marks the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the ground war in Vietnam with the deployment of 3,500 Marines. By war’s end on April 30, 1975, nearly 3 million service men and women had fought in the conflict that would take the lives of more than 58,000 Americans. Of those who served during…

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AF, sister services rally at Pentagon to focus on close air support

Posted  March 9, 2015

Representatives of each military service, joint war fighters, and civilian experts came together to discuss the future of close air support at an Air Combat Command-command hosted summit at the Pentagon, March 2-6. Dubbed the Future CAS Focus Week, the event served as a joint forum for more than 60 participants and senior leaders to…

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Business

Raytheon demonstrates advanced microgrid system and control capabilities

Posted  March 9, 2015

Raytheon and its partners, the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Primus Power, and Advanced Energy have successfully demonstrated an advanced microgrid system capable of islanded (off-grid) operation using stored and high penetration renewable energy. The testing effort, conducted at NREL’s Energy Systems Integration Facility, incorporated Primus Power’s EnergyPodƆ706kVA powertrain, two AE 100kW…

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Headlines March 6, 2015

Posted  March 6, 2015

News: IG: VHA misappropriated $92.5M for claims system – The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) misappropriated more than $90 million intended for medical support and compliance programs in order to build an automated claims processing system, according to an Inspector General report released this week.   Business: Gulf arms race fuels UAE push for defense industry – Soaring…

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News Briefs March 6, 2015

Posted  March 6, 2015

Man charged with theft of military documents seeks release An engineer who worked for a defense contractor who’s been charged with attempting to travel to China with stolen documents on the development of advanced titanium for U.S. military aircraft is asking a judge to free him while he awaits trial. A hearing on Yu Long’s…

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AFRL offering prize for turbine engine development

Posted  March 6, 2015

Air Force photograph by Rick Goodfriend Discover meetings to be held in Ohio on March 24-25. The Air Force Research Laboratory is leading the first Air Force technology prize, issuing a challenge to develop a small, efficient turbine engine for a shot at $2 million. Developers from across the United States, including individuals, teams and…

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Lockheed Martin P-3 Orion wing line restarted

Posted  March 6, 2015

Lockheed Martin restarted the wing production line for the P-3 Orion Mid-Life Upgrade program for Canada and Chile on March 4.

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Army Research Laboratory lays out science and technology priorities through 2019

Posted  March 6, 2015

Army photograph Dr. Rick Beyer, propulsion science expert, aligns a sample in a Bruker Wide-angle X-ray scattering camera at the Army Research Laboratory in Adelphi, Md. The laboratory recently released its technical implementation plan to guide the science and technology portfolio for the next four years. U.S. Army Research Laboratory, or ARL, director Dr. Thomas…

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