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F-35 fleet surpasses 15,000 flying hours

The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II fleet recently surpassed 15,000 flight hours, marking a major milestone for the program.

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NASA Cassini images may reveal birth of new Saturn moon

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has documented the formation of a small icy object within the rings of Saturn that may be a new moon, and may also provide clues to the formation of the planet’s known moons. Images taken with Cassini’s narrow angle camera on April 15, 2013 show disturbances at the very edge of Saturn’s…

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NASA’s Kepler telescope discovers first Earth-size planet in ‘habitable zone’

Using NASA's Kepler Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered the first Earth-size planet orbiting a star in the "habitable zone" - the range of distance from a star where liquid water might pool on the surface of an orbiting planet.

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DARPA Tactical Technology Office invites innovative risk-takers to attend 2014 Office-Wide Proposers Day

DARPAs Tactical Technology Office invests in innovative platforms, weapons, integrated systems and critical systems components that often incorporate emerging advanced technologies, all designed to preserve and extend decisive advantages for the U.S. military. Constantly evolving technologies, shifting warfighter mission requirements and limited budgets, however, mean TTO must always seek new ways to leverage innovation while…

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Northrop Grumman dedicates Aircraft Integration Center of Excellence in Florida

Northrop Grumman dedicated its new Aircraft Integration Center of Excellence in St. Augustine, Fla., April 17, which builds upon the company's 34-year legacy of operations there.


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News Briefs – September 18, 2012

Posted  September 18, 2012

Centcom in Florida to become standalone headquarters   Military authorities are designating the U.S. Marine Corps Forces Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., as a standalone headquarters. An event is planned for Monday. This means that the command – known as MARCENT – will be led by three-star general Lt. Gen. Robert B….

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Donley talks sequestration, explains AF budget plans

Posted  September 18, 2012

Air Force photograph by Scott M. Ash Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley discusses the service’s budget strategy during his address at the Air Force Association’s Air and Space Conference and Technology Exposition in Washington, D.C., Sept. 17, 2012. During his keynote remarks at the conferenc, Donley discussed the threat of sequestration and its…

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Pratt & Whitney selected for funding for U.S. Air Force AETD program

Posted  September 19, 2012

Pratt & Whitney, a unit of United Technologies Corp., has been selected for funding by the Air Force Research Laboratory for the Adaptive Engine Technology Development program. The AETD program is an initiative by the AFRL Propulsion Directorate to mature critical fuel-burn reduction technologies and engine design features that could transition into legacy and next…

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DOD, VA to fund $100 million PTSD, TBI study

Posted  September 19, 2012

The Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs are investing more than $100 million in research to improve diagnosis and treatment of mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. “At VA, ensuring that our Veterans receive quality care is our highest priority,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric K. Shinseki. “Investing in…

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NASA telescopes spy ultra-distant galaxy amidst cosmic ‘dark ages’

Posted  September 19, 2012

With the combined power of NASA’s Spitzer and Hubble space telescopes, as well as a cosmic magnification effect, astronomers have spotted what could be the most distant galaxy ever seen. ight from the young galaxy captured by the orbiting observatories first shone when our 13.7-billion-year-old universe was just 500 million years old. The far-off galaxy…

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Ball Aerospace ships first James Webb Space Telescope mirrors to NASA

Posted  September 19, 2012

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. began the process of shipping the finished NASA James Webb Space Telescope mirrors to Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md. Sept. 14, 2012. Ball Aerospace, under contract to Northrop Grumman, is responsible for the Webb’s optical technology and lightweight mirror system. Two of the 18 beryllium primary mirror segments that…

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As U.S. troop ‘surge’ ends, setbacks are piling up

Posted  September 19, 2012

The end game in Afghanistan is off to a shaky start. Just as the last U.S. “surge” troops leave the country, trouble is breaking out in ways that go to the core of the strategy for winding down the U.S. and allied combat role and making Afghans responsible for their own security. At stake is…

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Northrop Grumman-built NASA Global Hawks support hurricane missions from both U.S. coasts

Posted  September 19, 2012

Northrop Grumman-built unmanned NASA Global Hawks will be able to better support environmental scientists during Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel missions.

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Raytheon to provide Joint Tactical Terminal radios with latest security features to U.S. Navy

Posted  September 19, 2012

Raytheon has received an $8.7 million modification to a previously awarded production contract to provide the U.S. Navy with Joint Tactical Terminal Senior radios that are compatible with the new Common Interactive Broadcast waveform and contain the latest security, hardware and software enhancements. The radios receive and broadcast near real-time threat data from a variety…

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Air Force officials describe ICBM way-ahead

Posted  September 19, 2012

As intercontinental ballistic missiles gain prominence in the Air Force’s nuclear enterprise, service officials related the importance of maintaining the system during the 2012 Air Force Association Air and Space Conference and Technology Exposition in Washington, D.C., Sept. 18. Panelists included Maj. Gen. William Chambers, assistant chief of staff for strategic deterrence and nuclear integration;…

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