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F-22 inaugural deployment to Europe

Four F-22 Raptors, one C-17 Globemaster III, and approximately 60 airmen arrived at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, to train with allied air forces and U.S. services through mid-September.

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Carter announces manufacturing initiative to aid war fighters

The Defense Department is partnering with a large-scale consortium in the creation of a National Manufacturing Innovation Institute to produce hybrid electronics, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced Aug. 28 at Moffett Federal Airfield, Calif.

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U.S. Navy, Lockheed Martin ready to launch MUOS-4 Aug. 31

The U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin are ready to launch the fourth Mobile User Objective System secure communications satellite, MUOS-4, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Aug. 31 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.

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Arming the RPAs

Airmen from the 62nd Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron provide every munition that is loaded onto an MQ-1B Predator or MQ-9 Reaper at Kandahar Airfield; without them, the RPAs wouldn’t be able to provide combat airpower in Afghanistan.

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Local efforts help keep Dragon Lady flying at 60

In 1955, Disneyland opened its doors for the first time, Elvis made his first TV appearance, Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white passenger, and the Vietnam War began with fighting between the South and North Vietnam Armies.


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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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Northrop Grumman to continue BACN mission support

Posted  August 6, 2014

The U.S. Air Force has awarded Northrop Grumman an $89.7 million contract option to continue operating and supporting the Battlefield Airborne Communications Node system in support of overseas contingency missions. BACN is a high-altitude, airborne communications and information gateway that connects warfighters in the air and on the ground. The system translates and distributes voice…

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NASA’s Hubble finds supernova star system linked to potential ‘Zombie Star’

Posted  August 6, 2014

Using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, a team of astronomers has spotted a star system that could have left behind a “zombie star” after an unusually weak supernova explosion.

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