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Smart-mortar will help Soldiers more effectively hit targets

The Army hopes the 120mm Guided Enhanced Fragmentation Mortar further improves soldiers' ability to put artillery on target.

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NASA’s WISE spacecraft discovers most luminous galaxy in universe

A remote galaxy shining with the light of more than 300 trillion suns has been discovered using data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer.

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Sikorsky S-97 Raider helicopter achieves successful first flight

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a United Technologies Corp. subsidiary, announced May 22 the successful first flight of the S-97 Raider™ helicopter, a rigid coaxial rotor prototype designed to demonstrate a game-changing combination of maneuverability, hover ability, range, speed, endurance and survivability.

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Critical NASA research returns to Earth aboard U.S. SpaceX Dragon spacecraft

SpaceX's Dragon cargo spacecraft splashed down in the Pacific Ocean at 12:42 p.m., EDT, May 21 with almost 3,100 pounds of NASA cargo from the International Space Station, including research on how spaceflight and microgravity affect the aging process and bone health.

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Soldiers participate during Flags In at Arlington Cemetery

After a long, unseasonably cold and wet day of conducting burial services, about 1,000 Old Guard soldiers made their way across the soggy hills and flats that make up Arlington National Cemetery, Va., to place miniature flags in front of each grave marker, May 21.


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Headlines May 28, 2014

Posted  May 28, 2014

News: Report shows wait ‘schemes’ are ‘systemic throughout VA’ – Veterans at the Phoenix veterans hospital waited on average 115 days for their first medical appointment, which is 91 days longer than the hospital reported, the Department of Veterans’ internal watchdog said May 28.  McKeon glad to see Obama ‘speaking up’ about U.S. leadership – While President…

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News Briefs May 28, 2014

Posted  May 28, 2014

Philippines insists U.S. military accord is legal The Philippine government insisted May 27 that its new accord letting the U.S. expand its military presence in the country is legal and is confident the agreement will withstand constitutional challenges. Two court petitions argue that the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement violates the constitutional ban on foreign military…

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CFIUS approval clears XCOR Aerospace’s first close of series B financing

Posted  May 28, 2014

MOJAVE, Calif. -XCOR Aerospace announced May 27 that the U.S. Treasury Department’s Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States has approved the Series B lead investment by Dutch investors. The first closing of XCOR’s new round of finance issued $14.2 million of Series B preferred shares. XCOR will use the funds to bring the…

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Old Guard Soldiers honor fallen with flags at Arlington graves

Posted  May 28, 2014

Across Arlington National Cemetery last weekend, adjacent to each of the often stark white, simple grave stones, a tiny American flag has been placed into the ground as a tribute to the service and sacrifice of the nation's fallen service members who rest there.

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SAIC awarded U.S. Marine Corps contract to support assault amphibious vehicle upgrades

Posted  May 28, 2014

MCLEAN, Va., May 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ –†The U.S. Marine Corps Program Executive Office ñ Land Systems awarded Science Applications International Corporation a prime contract to engineer, design and test upgrades to 10 prototype and 52 LRIP†vehicles for the Legacy Assault Amphibious Vehicle Personnel Carrier Variant Platform program. The multiple-award, firm fixed-price contract has a 10-month…

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Unmanned aircraft series sets record for mission hours flown in one week

Posted  May 28, 2014

Northrop Grumman’s High Altitude Long Endurance Unmanned Aircraft System series, which includes the U.S. Air Force RQ-4 Global Hawk, set a new record for mission hours flown in one week, logging 665 hours flying operational and exercise missions during the week ending Feb. 23. In 2013, Global Hawk flew an average of 433.8 hours a…

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Northrop Grumman to provide turbine generator units for U.S. Navy’s Ohio replacement submarine program

Posted  May 28, 2014

Northrop Grumman has been awarded a contract by shipbuilder General Dynamics Electric Boat to complete detailed design and subsequent manufacturing, assembly, qualification and delivery of the first turbine generator units for the Ohio Replacement Program, the U.S. Navy’s next-generation ballistic nuclear submarine. The turbine generators provide all of the submarine’s propulsion and other electrical power…

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Northrop demonstrates fifth- to fourth-generation aircraft communications capabilities during flight tests

Posted  May 28, 2014

Northrop Grumman has built and demonstrated a unique communications capability for the U.S. Department of Defense that enables fifth-generation aircraft to share information through existing data links with fourth-generation fighters to improve situational awareness and combat effectiveness. The F-22 Raptor and the F-35 Lightning II are the world’s only operational fifth-generation stealth aircraft; fourth-generation fighters…

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Tens of thousands draw attention to POWs, MIAs as part of Rolling Thunder XXVII

Posted  May 28, 2014

"The first time I went, my daughter brought me. And my son-in-law was there, and his friend. That day we had clouds, low clouds like fog. And when I saw those statues -- I'd seen it in real life. My knees started to go."

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Army announces plan to open special ops aviation positions to women

Posted  May 28, 2014

The Department of Defense notified Congress today of the U.S. Army and U.S. Special Operations Command plan to eliminate gender restrictions within previously closed units of the U.S. Army Special Operations Aviation Command. This action involves approximately 1,300 positions. In the January 2013 memorandum rescinding the 1994 Direct Ground Combat Definition and Assignment Rule, the…

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