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Smart-mortar will help Soldiers more effectively hit targets

The Army hopes the 120mm Guided Enhanced Fragmentation Mortar further improves soldiers' ability to put artillery on target.

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NASA’s WISE spacecraft discovers most luminous galaxy in universe

A remote galaxy shining with the light of more than 300 trillion suns has been discovered using data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer.

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Sikorsky S-97 Raider helicopter achieves successful first flight

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a United Technologies Corp. subsidiary, announced May 22 the successful first flight of the S-97 Raider™ helicopter, a rigid coaxial rotor prototype designed to demonstrate a game-changing combination of maneuverability, hover ability, range, speed, endurance and survivability.

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Critical NASA research returns to Earth aboard U.S. SpaceX Dragon spacecraft

SpaceX's Dragon cargo spacecraft splashed down in the Pacific Ocean at 12:42 p.m., EDT, May 21 with almost 3,100 pounds of NASA cargo from the International Space Station, including research on how spaceflight and microgravity affect the aging process and bone health.

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Soldiers participate during Flags In at Arlington Cemetery

After a long, unseasonably cold and wet day of conducting burial services, about 1,000 Old Guard soldiers made their way across the soggy hills and flats that make up Arlington National Cemetery, Va., to place miniature flags in front of each grave marker, May 21.


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Headlines – January 6, 2014

Posted  January 6, 2014

News: U.S. troops prevented from helping even as al Qaeda overruns Iraqi cities – The U.S. has inserted 200 troops in Iraq since 2012, but they cannot directly help the Iraqi military repel a surge of al Qaeda fighters, even as the country succumbs to sectarian violence and insurgents claim control of two key cities.  U.S….

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News Briefs – January 6, 2014

Posted  January 6, 2014

Florida space center home to secret spacecraft Kennedy Space Center will be the testing site for a top-secret Air Force space plane. Boeing is working on the spacecraft, and the company announced Jan. 3 that it will convert a former space shuttle building for the X-37B orbital test vehicle program. An undisclosed number of workers…

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U.S., French navies work together to ensure security, stability

Posted  January 6, 2014

Navy photograph by Po3 Taylor M. DiMartino The aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) sails alongside the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle, flagship for Task Force 473. Harry S. Truman, flagship for the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, is conducting operations with Task Force 473 to enhance levels of cooperation and…

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Northrop Grumman, Navy complete nine flights of Triton unmanned aircraft system

Posted  January 6, 2014

Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Navy have completed nine initial flight tests of the Triton unmanned aircraft system, marking the half-way point in a process called envelope expansion.

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Rescue squadron deactivates at Camp Bastion

Posted  January 6, 2014

The HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter aircrew of the 26th Expeditionary Rescue Squadron and pararescuemen of the 651st Expeditionary Rescue Flight, deployed here, sat alert for the last time Dec. 31, 2013.

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Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner visits New Zealand in international debut

Posted  January 6, 2014

Boeing has flown the 787-9 Dreamliner to Auckland, New Zealand, home of launch customer Air New Zealand, marking the 787-9's international debut and longest flight since the robust test program began.

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Generational changes important to air dominance

Posted  January 6, 2014

The last time American soldiers or Marines came under attack from enemy military aircraft was during the Korean War.

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NASA’s Fermi makes first gamma-ray study of a gravitational lens

Posted  January 6, 2014

An international team of astronomers, using NASA’s Fermi observatory, has made the first-ever gamma-ray measurements of a gravitational lens, a kind of natural telescope formed when a rare cosmic alignment allows the gravity of a massive object to bend and amplify light from a more distant source. This accomplishment opens new avenues for research, including…

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Army team to destroy Syrian chemical weapons afloat

Posted  January 6, 2014

Some 64 specialists from the Army's Edgewood Chemical Biological Center are expected to depart for the Mediterranean in about two weeks aboard the ship MV Cape Ray to destroy chemical weapons from Syria.

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Global Hawk aids in Philippine relief efforts

Posted  January 6, 2014

The inherent intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities of Northrop Grumman’s Global Hawk Block 30 Unmanned Aerial System were used to support massive international humanitarian assistance and relief efforts following Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Due to Global Hawk’s long endurance, persistence and range, the Block 30 was the only high altitude asset able to support…

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