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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.

Air Force photograph by MSgt. J. Scott Wilcox Defense

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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Successful missile defense test against multiple targets

Posted  September 11, 2013

The Missile Defense Agency, Ballistic Missile Defense System Operational Test Agency, Joint Functional Component Command for Integrated Missile Defense, and U.S. Pacific Command, in conjunction with U.S. Army soldiers from the Alpha Battery, 2nd Air Defense Artillery Regiment, U.S. Navy sailors aboard guided missile destroyer USS Decatur (DDG-73), and U.S. Air Force airmen from the…

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Navy autonomous aerial refueling tests underway

Posted  September 11, 2013

The Navy continues to demonstrate multiple technologies that promise to significantly increase the endurance and range of carrier-based unmanned aircraft.

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General Dynamics awarded $118 million for Stryker double-V hull vehicles

Posted  September 11, 2013

General Dynamics Land Systems has been awarded a $118 million contract by the U.S. Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command to convert 66 flat-bottom Stryker infantry combat vehicles to a newer, more survivable double-V hull design. Deliveries of the vehicles will begin in July 2014 and be completed by February 2015. General Dynamics Land Systems…

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Acquisition chief discusses better buying power 2.0

Posted  September 11, 2013

The Pentagon’s chief of acquisition, technology and logistics told part of his workforce in Washington, D.C., last week about the Defense Departments initiative to drive continuous improvement in defense acquisition programs. Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall spoke Sept. 3 with engineers, contracting officers, program managers and others here about Better…

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ARINC Aerospace reaches key milestones in Indonesia C-130B project

Posted  September 11, 2013

ARINC Incorporated announced Sept. 10 that it is aggressively moving forward on completing its contract to modernize†five C-130B transport aircraft for the Indonesian Air Force. The program, which began in the first quarter of 2011, is moving along as budgeted and scheduled. Under the contract, ARINC is helping the Indonesian government modernize their C-130B fleet…

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C-130s return from fighting Western blazes

Posted  September 11, 2013

Two Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System-equipped C-130s from the Air Force Reserve Command's 302nd Airlift Wing, aircrews and maintainers returned Aug. 30 after providing support to U.S. Forest Service aerial firefighting operations in the Western U.S.

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Future Navy ops like Syria at risk by budget cuts

Posted  September 11, 2013

American warships in the eastern Mediterranean Sea remain ready to strike Syria if ordered, but impending cuts in the defense budget will make that kind of operation far more difficult in the years to come, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said Sept. 11. Mabus said that even now fewer ships are going to sea, fewer Navy…

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Union vote on Oshkosh Corp. contract extension

Posted  September 11, 2013

The Oshkosh Corp. is once asking union members to reopen contract extension talks with the company to help win a military contract. Oshkosh has asked for a five-year extension on the present labor contract with United Auto Workers Local 578 that expires in 2016. The extension is needed to help the company compete for a…

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NASA exercises option on engineering, scientific services contract

Posted  September 11, 2013

NASA has exercised the first option under its contract with Vantage Partners LLC of Lanham, Md., to continue providing engineering and scientific support services to the agency’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland. The one-year option begins Oct.1 and is valued at about $46 million. The contract has three more options available: two at one year…

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Veteran job fair coming to Long Beach, Calif.

Posted  September 11, 2013

There will be a special hiring event for veterans and military spouses 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Oct. 10 at the Queen Mary in Long Beach, Calif. The purpose of the event is to connect veterans with veteran-friendly employers. This is a great opportunity to meet face-to-face veteran-friendly employers including Airstreams Renewables, Verizon Communications, Home Depot, C.R….

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