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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 G/ATOR system receives authorization to enter low-rate initial production phase

Posted  March 10, 2014

On Jan. 24, the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research Development and Acquisition approved the AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar program for Low Rate Initial Production at a Department of Defense acquisition event known as Milestone C. Northrop is the G/ATOR system prime contractor. “G/ATOR has demonstrated operational capabilities that will fundamentally change how…

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NASA selects 10 proposals for unprecedented twin astronaut study

Posted  March 10, 2014

Only one set of twins has ever been into space, and now those twins are providing an unprecedented opportunity for scientists to understand better the effects of microgravity on the human body. NASA’s Human Research Program will fund 10 short-term, first-of-its-kind investigations into the molecular, physiological and psychological effects of spaceflight in a continuous effort…

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Air Force officials announce fiscal 2015 force structure changes

Posted  March 10, 2014

Air Force officials released force structure changes March 10 resulting from the fiscal year 2015 President’s Budget announced March 4. To ensure the service successfully transitions to a leaner force that remains ready, the Air Force plans to remove almost 500 aircraft across the inventories of all three components over the next five years. “The…

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Aerojet Rocketdyne completes critical design review on lithium ion battery orbital unit

Posted  March 10, 2014

Aerojet Rocketdyne, a GenCorp company, announced March 10 that it has completed the Critical Design Review for a Lithium Ion battery Orbital Replacement Unit, which will continue to give astronauts the power they need to conduct important research aboard the International Space Station. The Lithium Ion batteries, which will replace the aging Nickel Hydrogen (Ni-H2)…

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U.S. will beef up air operations in Poland

Posted  March 10, 2014

More U.S. F-16 Fighting Falcons will deploy to Poland in the coming days and weeks, a Pentagon official said March 10. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Polish Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak spoke yesterday, and Siemoiniak thanked the secretary for looking at options for basing, said Army Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman. “No decision [have been…

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DOD removes 20 areas from imminent danger pay list

Posted  March 10, 2014

The Department of Defense has removed 20 areas from its list of locations that qualify for imminent danger pay starting June 1, in a move that is expected to affect approximately 50,000 service members. DOD officials announced in January that service members in the 20 areas would no longer receive the additional imminent danger rate…

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Lockheed Martin-led team demonstrates interoperability with legacy, stealth fighters

Posted  March 10, 2014

Lockheed Martin and a select industry team with support from key government agencies, recently used a series of flight tests at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., to demonstrate how an open systems architecture can enable improved interoperability between next generation and legacy fighter aircraft. The flight tests concluded a year-long independently funded research and development…

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Orbital introduces the GEOStar-3 commercial communications satellite platform

Posted  March 10, 2014

Orbital Sciences Corporation, one of the world’s leading space technology companies, March 10 introduced its GEOStar-3TM satellite platform, stating the program is now ready for delivery to commercial satellite operators on production schedules of 24 to 27 months.  The medium-class GEOStar-3 platform is an extension of Orbital’s highly successful small-class GEOStar-2 bus that has led…

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Headlines – March 7, 2014

Posted  March 7, 2014

News: DOD proposes revolutionary changes in retirement benefits – After years of silence on the intensely controversial issue of military retirement reform, the Pentagon on Thursday unveiled a detailed proposal for fundamental, far-reaching changes to the current pension system, Military Times has learned.  Senate rejects overhaul of military’s handling of sexual assaults – The Senate agreed March…

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News Briefs March 7, 2014

Posted  March 7, 2014

U.S. general pleads guilty to three counts in sex case A U.S. Army general accused of sexual assault is pleading guilty to three lesser charges, but maintains his innocence on five remaining counts. Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair pleaded March 6 in a military courtroom at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. His primary accuser is a…

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