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NASA offers space tech grants to early career university faculty

NASA photograph by Brian Tietz Tensegrity research is able to simulate multiple forms of locomotion. In this image, a prototype tensegrity robot reproduces forward crawling motion. NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate is seeking proposals from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of outstanding early-career faculty members who are beginning independent research careers. The grants will sponsor…

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USS Fort Worth conducts CUES with Chinese Navy

The littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) practiced the Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea (CUES) with the People's Liberation Army-Navy Jiangkai II frigate Hengshui (FFG 572) Feb. 23 enhancing the professional maritime relationship between U.S. 7th Fleet and the PLA(N).

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Air Force Research Labís handheld imaging tool expands aircraft inspection capability

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

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

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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Army equips Stryker unit with new communications technology

Posted  February 2, 2015

The Army's Stryker vehicle, designed to quickly move soldiers into a combat zone, is swift and mobile. Now its communications equipment will be, too.

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Headlines January 30, 2015

Posted  January 30, 2015

News: Taliban claims responsibility for attack on Americans at military base near airport – The Taliban claimed responsibility Jan. 30 for a shooting incident at a military base attached to Kabul’s international airport yesterday that killed three American civilian contractors and an Afghan national, saying the attacker had infiltrated the ranks of the security forces. Commission…

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News Briefs January 30, 2015

Posted  January 30, 2015

Military judge weighs restrictions on Gitmo female guards A military judge is deciding whether to continue restricting the use of female guards at Guantanamo. Navy Capt. J. Kirk Waits heard closing arguments Jan. 29 at the base in Cuba during a pretrial hearing for Abd al-Hadi al-Iraqi. Waits didn’t say when he will rule. Hadi…

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Cope South experts exchange knowledge, techniques

Posted  January 30, 2015

The flight line here at exercise Cope South 15 is usually a flurry of activity every morning, with maintainers firing up auxiliary power units and loadmasters finalizing their cargo plan.

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Air Force names 2-star to lead F-35 Integration Office

Posted  January 30, 2015

With the initial operating capability date of the F-35 Lightning II quickly approaching, the Air Force appointed Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Harrigian as the director of a larger Air Force F-35 Integration Office, Feb. 1. In addition to gaining new leadership, the F-35 Integration Office will also grow from a staff of four to 12 and…

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Boeing announces ANA’s commitment to more jetliners

Posted  January 30, 2015

Boeing and All Nippon Airways announced Jan. 30 the airline’s intent to purchase three 787-10 Dreamliners to add additional flexibility to the airline’s 787 fleet.

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Air Force risks becoming too small to succeed under sequestration

Posted  January 30, 2015

During testimony on Capitol Hill Jan. 28, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III stressed the negative impact sequestration will have on future Air Force capabilities, emphasizing further budget cuts will lead to low morale and declined readiness in the Air Force.

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Demand for airplanes lifts Boeing’s 4Q profit

Posted  January 30, 2015

Boeing’s fourth-quarter profit rose 19 percent as demand for commercial airliners trumped weakness in its defense business. Investors looked past a muted outlook for 2015 earnings and sent the shares to a 52-week high Jan. 28. Chicago-based Boeing and European rival Airbus have prospered as airlines around the world have gone on a shopping spree,…

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USS Elrod is decommissioned

Posted  January 30, 2015

Placed into commission nearly 30 years ago, the guided-missile frigate USS Elrod (FFG 55) was decommissioned Jan. 30 during a Naval Station Norfolk ceremony, led by Cmdr. Brad Stallings, commanding officer.

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Boeing wins $51 million contract to sustain ICBM guidance system

Posted  January 30, 2015

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. – Boeing will provide sustaining engineering support for the guidance system of the Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile for the U.S. Air Force, ensuring the safety, security and effectiveness of the nation’s land-based nuclear deterrent, under a recently-awarded $51 million contract. “Since 1958, Boeing has stood alongside the U.S. Air Force to…

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