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Composites key to tougher, lighter armaments

The Army is on the cusp of revolutionizing materials that go into armament construction, making for stronger, lighter and more durable weapons, Dr. Andrew Littlefield said.

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AAR awarded new contract from Bell Helicopter Textron to support T64 engines

AAR announced April 22 that Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. awarded its Defense Systems & Logistics business unit a contract providing warehouse and logistics services in support of upgrading T64 engines for the Bell V-280 Valor technical demonstrator aircraft.

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Last MC-130P Combat Shadows in the Pacific retire

The 17th Special Operations Squadron at Kadena Air Base, Japan, sent off the final two MC-130P Combat Shadows in the Pacific Air Forces to retire on April 15.

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F-22 test squadron recognizes decorated squadron member, Vietnam hero

Base leaders will always attest to the fact that people are what make Edwards AFB a unique place to work.

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NASA unveils celestial fireworks as official image for Hubble 25th Anniversary

The brilliant tapestry of young stars flaring to life resemble a glittering fireworks display in the 25th anniversary NASA Hubble Space Telescope image, released to commemorate a quarter century of exploring the solar system and beyond since its launch April 24, 1990.


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Northrop Grumman flies first production smart node pod

Posted  April 4, 2014

Northrop Grumman has completed a series of flight tests demonstrating the first production Smart Node Pod for the U.S. Air Force. Smart Node Pod is an aircraft-mounted airborne communications system that allows real-time information to be exchanged among many disparate military and commercial radios and different datalinks, extends the network to the forward edge of…

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News Briefs April 2, 2014

Posted  April 2, 2014

Pentagon: No U.S. deaths in Afghanistan in March The Pentagon says there were no U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan in March – the first zero-fatality month there since January 2007. American casualties in Afghanistan have declined as the number of U.S. forces has grown smaller and their role has shifted away from combat. U.S. troops…

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SecAF addresses women in national security

Posted  April 2, 2014

U.S. Air Force photo by Scott M. Ash Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James speaks at the Stimson Center in commemoration of Women’s History Month March 28 in Washington, D.C. James spoke on the current status of women in the Air Force, the importance of women in national security and her personal experience….

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Recalling a record: X-43A Scramjet set new hypersonic record a decade ago

Posted  April 2, 2014

On March 27, 2004, NASA’s X-43A shattered existing speed records for aircraft with air-breathing engines when the scramjet-powered vehicle reached a speed of Mach 6.83 (4,900 mph) during a brief flight over the Pacific Ocean.

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NASA begins search for potential SOFIA partners

Posted  April 2, 2014

NASA issued a Request for Information March 31 soliciting potential partners interested in using the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy aircraft for scientific investigations or for other potential uses. NASA’s fiscal year 2015 budget request to Congress calls for SOFIA to be placed in storage next year unless the agency’s contribution to the project can…

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LVAC: Advancing technology readiness of SLS adaptive controls

Posted  April 2, 2014

NASA photograph by Carla Thomas NASA Armstrong’s highly modified F/A-18A Full Scale Advanced Systems Testbed aircraft No. 853 validated the effectiveness of the Adaptive Augmenting Controller developed by NASA Marshall engineers for the Space Launch System. Can a rocket maneuver like an airplane? And can an airplane act as a surrogate for a maneuvering rocket?…

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Hagel orders overhaul of POW/MIA identification agencies

Posted  April 2, 2014

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced March 31 that he’s ordered an overhaul of the Pentagon agencies responsible for recovering and identifying the remains of America’s war dead. The reorganization seeks to consolidate the mission, improve efficiency and increase the number of remains identified by the two key agencies charged with POW-MIA accounting efforts — the…

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Our Armed Forces in action

Posted  April 2, 2014

A quick look back at service men and women at the beginning of this year:   Army photograph by Sgt. Eric Provost Supporting Jalalabad’s police U.S. Army Sgt. Juan Perez helps secure the Afghan National Police Headquarters in Jalalabad Feb. 3, 2014, while Security Force Advise and Assist Team Blue with 4th Brigade Combat Team,…

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NASA centers represented at California Aerospace Day

Posted  April 2, 2014

NASA photoraphs by Dominic Hart Andres Martinez of the Mission Design Division at NASA’s Ames Research Center discusses the design of a small satellite developed at NASA Ames with NASA Armstrong director David McBride and NASA Ames director Pete Worden at a California Aerospace Day exhibit at the state capitol in Sacramento. David McBride, director…

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Air Force names 2013 Sijan award winners

Posted  April 2, 2014

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas ñ Two officers and two enlisted Airmen have been named the 2013 Lance P. Sijan Leadership Award winners, Air Force Personnel Center officials said today. The Sijan award, first presented in 1981, was named in honor of the first U.S. Air Force Academy graduate to receive the Medal of Honor….

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