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Two Vietnam War Soldiers, one from Civil War to receive Medal of Honor

The White House announced Aug. 26 that Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. Adkins and Spec. 4 Donald P. Sloat will receive the Medal of Honor for actions in Vietnam.

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General Dynamics delivers submarine on schedule and, under target cost

General Dynamics Electric Boat today delivered the nuclear-powered attack submarine North Dakota (SSN-784) on time and more than $30 million below target cost.

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NASA probes studying Earth’s radiation belts celebrate two year anniversary

APL/NASA photograph This image was created using data from the Relativistic Electron-Proton Telescopes on NASA’s twin Van Allen Probes. It shows the emergence of a new third transient radiation belt. The new belt is seen as the middle orange and red arc of the three seen on each side of the Earth. Twin Van Allen…

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Sill simulator trains Stinger crews

Army photograph by Marie Berberea Army National Guardsmen Spec. Gabe Lindley of North Dakota holds a Man-Portable Air Defense System while Spc. Stephen Shafer from Ohio points to a possible enemy aircraft. The two trained Aug. 21, 2014, inside the Improved Moving Target Simulator at Fort Sill, Okla. Inside the Improved Moving Target Simulator, Fort…

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Boeing, Xiamen Airlines celebrate airline’s first 787 Dreamliner Delivery

Boeing and Xiamen Airlines Aug. 29 celebrated the delivery of the airline’s first 787 Dreamliner. “We are excited to receive our first 787 Dreamliner which is also the first widebody airplane of our all-Boeing fleet,” said Che Shanglun, president and chairman of Xiamen Airlines. “With the innovative technology and exceptional efficiency, the 787 Dreamliner will…


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News Briefs August 6, 2014

Posted  August 6, 2014

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,198 As of Aug. 5, 2014, at least 2,198 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,819 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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Boeing to modernize NATO AWACS fleet

Posted  August 6, 2014

Boeing has received a contract from NATO worth approximately $250 million to install digital flight decks and avionics on 13 of the alliance’s Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft, which are based on the Boeing 707 commercial airplane.

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DRS Technologies awarded contract For Halvorsen aircraft loader/transporter overhaul program

Posted  August 6, 2014

DRS Technologies, Inc., a Finmeccanica Company, announced Aug. 6 that it will provide logistics support to the U.S. Air Force’s Halvorsen 25K Aircraft Cargo Loaders around the globe. The Air Force awarded DRS Sustainment Systems, Inc. a ten-year IDIQ contract valued at more than $175 million for depot-level overhaul, program engineering support and parts management…

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Researchers focus on reducing weight of Army combat vehicles

Posted  August 6, 2014

Leading experts in military combat-vehicle research, engineering and design gathered July 29-31 to discuss a single goal: reducing the weight of the Army's tanks and infantry fighting vehicles by 40 percent in the coming decades.

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Northrop Grumman to provide systems for Arleigh Burke-class destroyers

Posted  August 6, 2014

Northrop Grumman has been awarded contracts from the U.S. Navy, General Dynamics Bath Iron Works and Huntington Ingalls Industries to provide integrated bridge and navigation systems and steering gear systems to modernize Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers. Naval Sea Systems Command exercised options for the acquisition and testing of five integrated bridge and navigation systems…

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Federal report: Some new littoral ships too heavy

Posted  August 6, 2014

MARINETTE, Wisc. – Four of six ships being built in Wisconsin and Alabama as part of a new class U.S. Navy vessels are too heavy, and some areas of performance have been affected, according to a newly released federal audit. The report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office found that while the USS Freedom has…

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Boeing partners with South African Airways to turn new tobacco plant into jet fuel

Posted  August 6, 2014

Boeing, South African Airways and SkyNRG announced Aug. 6 they are collaborating to make sustainable aviation biofuel from a new type of tobacco plant.

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The future is now: Innovative advanced concepts selected for continued study

Posted  August 6, 2014

Looking ahead to an exciting future, NASA is continuing to invest in concepts that may one day revolutionize how we live and work in space with the selection of five technology proposals for continued study under the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts Program. NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, located at the agency’s headquarters in Washington, based…

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USS Vella Gulf to enter Black Sea

Posted  August 6, 2014

The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) will enter the Black Sea, Aug. 6, to promote peace and stability in the region.

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Deployed loadmasters use new airdrop system

Posted  August 6, 2014

A C-130J Super Hercules aircraft from the 774th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron completed an airdrop for the Afghan National Army using the new Wireless Gate Release System Aug. 1, at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan.

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