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NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover arrives at Martian mountain

NASA's Mars Curiosity rover has reached the Red Planet's Mount Sharp, a Mount-Rainier-size mountain at the center of the vast Gale Crater and the rover mission's long-term prime destination.

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Aerial target QF-16 takes to the sky

Air Force photograph by MSgt. J. Scott Wilcox The first unmanned QF-16 Viper struck down over the Gulf of Mexico Sept. 5, 2014, was part of a joint effort between the Test and Training Division at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and the 82nd Aerial Target Squadron at Tyndall AFB, Fla. The test was an…

NASA photograph by Dan Casper Space

NASA’s Orion spacecraft nears completion, ready for fueling

NASA is making steady progress on its Orion spacecraft, completing several milestones this week at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida in preparation for the capsule's first trip to space in December.

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Annie Edwards, Utah Air National Guard Defense

DRAGON ‘fires up’ for flight

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Annie Edwards, Utah Air National Guard A NATO E-3A AWACS aircraft approaches a Utah Air National Guard KC-135R Stratotanker for air refueling during a training exercise over Germany in May 2014. The U.S. Air Force and NATO are undergoing a cooperative development effort – known as the DRAGON program –…

Air Force photograph by Ethan Wagner Defense

C-17 treads into new territory

As important as ailerons, rudders and elevators are to the fundamental movement of any aircraft in flight, its tires are equally important while moving on the ground.


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Reservists, National Guard members wait for training funds

Posted  October 11, 2013

The Army Reserve and the National Guard say they are on standby to see what happens in Congress, as they wait for the resumption of funding for inactive and active-duty training, or IDT and ADT. The cancellation of the IDT and ADT training is affecting readiness and hurting the soldiers, said Capt. Eric Connor, deputy…

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Boeing, South African Airways launch sustainable aviation biofuel effort

Posted  October 11, 2013

Boeing and South African Airways announced Oct. 10 they will work together to develop and implement a sustainable aviation biofuel supply chain in Southern Africa, a first for the continent. The companies signed a Memorandum of Understanding for sustainable aviation biofuel supply chain development at The Corporate Council on Africa’s 9th Biennial U.S.-Africa Business, attended…

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National Guard faces the shutdown

Posted  October 11, 2013

National Guard personnel are feeling the effects of the government shutdown and leaders are worried about the readiness of the component, Air Force Gen. Joseph Lengyel, the vice chief of the National Guard Bureau said Oct. 11. The Pay Our Military Act has mitigated some of the effects of the partial government shutdown for the…

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Unemployment benefits may help some furloughed DOD civilians

Posted  October 11, 2013

On the 10th day of the partial government shutdown, DOD civilians excluded by law from Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s Oct. 7 recall to work of thousands of fellow employees still await an end to the political standoff that sent them home and stopped their paychecks Oct. 1. Hagel said Oct. 5 that the department tried…

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Raytheon awarded U.S. Navy next generation Air, Missile Defense Radar contract

Posted  October 11, 2013

Raytheon has been awarded a $385,742,176 cost-plus-incentive-fee contract for the engineering and modeling development phase design, development, integration, test and delivery of Air and Missile Defense S-Band Radar and Radar Suite Controller. AMDR is the Navy’s next generation integrated air and missile defense radar and is being designed for Flight III Arleigh Burke (DDG 51)…

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Boeing delivers first Next-Generation 737-800 to Russia’s UTair

Posted  October 11, 2013

Boeing photograph John Pricco, Boeing vice president of 737 Field Operations and Delivery (left), and Andrei Martirosov, UTair Airlines CEO, at the delivery ceremony at Boeing Field in Seattle. Boeing delivered to UTair, one of Russia’s leading national carriers, its first directly purchased Next-Generation 737-800. Boeing has delivered to UTair, one of Russia’s leading national…

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Navy cancels, postpones Zumwalt christening

Posted  October 11, 2013

The Navy announced Oct. 11 that the christening of the future USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) originally scheduled for Oct. 19 has been cancelled and postponed until a future date. “It is incredibly unfortunate that we are being forced to cancel the christening ceremony for this great warship,” said Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, “but…

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Australia’s first F-35 Lightning II starts to take shape

Posted  October 11, 2013

Lockheed Martin photograph by Angel DelCueto   Jeff Babione, Lockheed Martin Vice President and Deputy Program Manager of the F-35 Program; and Air Vice-Marshal Kym Osley, Royal Australian Air Force Program Manager for New Air Combat Capability, celebrated the beginnings of the first F-35 Lightning II for Australia yesterday at a ceremony in Fort Worth,…

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Key DOD nominees testify at confirmation hearing

Posted  October 11, 2013

Nominees for senior positions overseeing the Defense Departments special operations, cost assessment and program evaluation, and the Navy testified Oct. 10 as the Senate Armed Services Committee deliberated their confirmations. The nominees are Michael D. Lumpkin, for assistant secretary of Defense for special operations and low intensity conflict; Jamie M. Morin, for director of cost…

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VA secretary warns of shutdown impact on veterans, families

Posted  October 11, 2013

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki painted a dire picture Oct. 9 of the impact of the government shutdown on benefits and services to veterans – from a slowdown in claims reviews to the threat of cancelled compensation checks to more than 5 million beneficiaries if funding isn’t restored soon. “All the effects … are…

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