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Lockheed Martin’s unmanned cargo helicopter team returns from deployment

After lifting more than 4.5 million pounds of cargo and conducting thousands of delivery missions for the U.S. Marine Corps, the Lockheed Martin and Kaman Aerospace Corporation K-MAX cargo unmanned aircraft system has returned to the United States following a nearly three-year deployment in Afghanistan. In 2011, K-MAX became the first unmanned helicopter to deliver…

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Sun sets on Red Flag 14-3

Air Force photograph by A1C Thomas Spangler The sun sets behind a row of F-16 Fighting Falcons during Red Flag 14-3, July 16, 2014, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Red Flag provides a series of intense air-to-air combat scenarios for aircrew and ground personnel, which will in turn increase their combat readiness and effectiveness…

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Satellite study reveals parched U.S. West using up underground water

A new study by NASA and University of California, Irvine, scientists finds more than 75 percent of the water loss in the drought-stricken Colorado River Basin since late 2004 came from underground resources.

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AOC integral to Red Flag 14-3 operations

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Siuta B. Ika Members of the Air and Space Operations Center work during Red Flag 14-3 operations July 22, 2014, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Armed with personnel from intelligence and communications backgrounds, AOC members, who each have a specific task to fill in distinct cells ranging from combat…

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Hubble finds three surprisingly dry exoplanets

Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have gone looking for water vapor in the atmospheres of three planets orbiting stars similar to the sun - and have come up nearly dry.


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NAWCWD signs patent license agreement with Cobalt Technologies

Posted  May 20, 2013

Navy photograph A Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division research chemist sets up a pressure reactor in preparation for the fuel synthesis process. Rear Adm. Paul Sohl, commander of Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, China Lake, Calif., signed a co-exclusive patent license agreement between NAWCWD and Cobalt Technologies on April 8. The agreement includes…

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Raytheon’s forward looking infrared technology marks 50 years of helping military forces ‘own the night’

Posted  May 20, 2013

Raytheon marked its five-decade heritage as the maker of Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) technology that has allowed U.S. and international defense forces to track objects in total darkness, often from long distances. Over the span of 50 years, the devices have shrunk in size and weight – from several hundred pounds to less than two…

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AFRL gains national recognition for STEM outreach

Posted  May 20, 2013

The Air Force Research Laboratory's Directed Energy and Space Vehicles Directorates at Kirtland Air Force Base are leading STEM outreach programs that influence thousands of students each year in New Mexico, Hawaii, and across the nation.

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Headlines May 17, 2013

Posted  May 17, 2013

News One dead in U.S. Navy SEAL training accident at Fort Knox A U.S. Navy enlisted man was killed and as many as seven people were injured when their Humvee vehicle rolled over during a training exercise for elite SEAL forces at Fort Knox, Kentucky, a SEAL spokesman said May 17. Obama to announce major…

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News Briefs May 17, 2013

Posted  May 17, 2013

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,085 As of May 14, 2013, at least 2,085 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,727 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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First Boeing P-8I maritime patrol aircraft arrives in India

Posted  May 17, 2013

The first Boeing P-8I long-range maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare aircraft arrived May 15, on schedule, at India Naval Station Rajali. The P-8I is one of eight aircraft Boeing is building for India as part of a contract awarded in 2009.

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2001 authorization still legal basis for war, leaders say

Posted  May 17, 2013

The 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force remains viable more than a decade after its passing, a panel of defense leaders told Congress May 16. The authorization empowers the president ├Čto use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks…

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Army supports president’s request for 2015 BRAC round

Posted  May 17, 2013

As the Army cuts the number of soldiers in its ranks, there will be an excess of infrastructure in place that used to support those soldiers. Maintaining that extra unused infrastructure could mean other critical Army programs will suffer, said a senior official. “A future round of base realignment and closure, or BRAC, in the…

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Missile defense system completes successful intercept test

Posted  May 17, 2013

The Missile Defense Agency and Navy sailors aboard the USS Lake Erie conducted a successful flight test of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense system May 15, Pentagon officials reported. In the test, the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense 4.0 weapon system and a Standard Missile 3 Block IB missile intercepted a separating ballistic missile target over…

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Raytheon’s newest Standard Missile-3 takes out complex, separating short-range ballistic missile target

Posted  May 17, 2013

A Raytheon Standard Missile-3 Block IB fired from the USS Lake Erie destroyed a complex, separating short-range ballistic missile target with a sophisticated separating mock warhead. Despite stressing conditions designed to challenge the missile’s discrimination capabilities, the SM-3 successfully engaged the target using the sheer kinetic force of a massive collision in space. “Combatant commanders…

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