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Future USNS Fall River delivered

Navy photograph The joint high speed vessel USNS Fall River (JHSV 4) completes acceptance trials testing and evaluations in the Gulf of Mexico. The ship’s trials included dockside testing to clear the ship for sea and at-sea trials during which the Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey evaluated and demonstrated the performance of Fall River…

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NASA airborne campaigns focus on climate impacts in Arctic

University of Alaska-Fairbanks photograph by Chris Larsen Changes in more than 130 Alaskan glaciers are being surveyed by scientists at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks in a DHC-3 Otter as part of NASA’s multi-year Operation IceBridge Over the past few decades, average global temperatures have been on the rise, and this warming is happening two to…

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Future of NATO: Adapting to a new security environment

NATO’s supreme allied commander introduced new initiatives geared toward re-embracing its mission of collective defense.

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NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory finds planet that makes star act deceptively old

Image courtesy of NASA/CXC/M. Weiss A new study from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory shows that a giant exoplanet, WASP-18b, is making the star that it orbits very closely act much older than it actually is. This artist’s illustration depicts WASP-18b and its star, which are about 330 light years away. A planet may be causing…

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Enhanced F-35 Lightning II logistics system delivered to flight test locations

Lockheed Martin has delivered the next evolution of the F-35 Lightning II’s information technology backbone, called the Autonomic Logistics Information System, to Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., and Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md.


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Boeing receives U.S. Army contract for up to 215 Chinook helicopters

Posted  June 12, 2013

In an agreement that will save the U.S. government more than $800 million, the Army and Boeing have signed a $4 billion multi-year contract for 177 CH-47F Chinook helicopters, with the Army holding options that could increase its total buy to 215 aircraft. Deliveries from the agreement, which is a cost-effective alternative to annually contracting…

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KC-130s, F-35s hook up for refueling operations

Posted  June 12, 2013

Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 252 refueled two F-35B Lightnings of Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501 over the Gulf of Mexico during a training exercise May 30.

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Lockheed Martin real-time intel support provides battlespace view to U.S. Air Force aerial war games

Posted  June 12, 2013

Lockheed Martin teams provided exploitation of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities at a level never before achieved during Red Flag, the U.S. Air Force premiere aerial warfare exercise. During the exercise, live imagery from manned and unmanned aircraft was disseminated in near real-time to the Distributed Common Ground Station Imagery (DCGS-I) mobile test bed, which…

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U.S. forces, regional partners kick off Eager Lion in Jordan

Posted  June 12, 2013

Army photograph by SSgt. Scott Griffin Maj. Gen. Awani al Adwan, chairman of the joint task force with the Jordanian army, and U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Robert G. Catalanotti, U.S. Central Commandís director of exercises and training, shake hands after officially beginning Exercise Eager Lion 2013 during a news conference in Amman, Jordan, June 9,…

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Northrop Grumman to support U.S. Navy on mine hunting integration

Posted  June 12, 2013

Northrop Grumman Corporation has been awarded a contract to support the U.S. Navy’s integration onto an unmanned surface vehicle of the Northrop Grumman-built AQS-24A Side Look Sonar System to look for bottom and volume mines remotely. The repackaging of the sonar for USV use will build upon the proven capabilities of the AQS-24A. The AQS-24A…

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Fleet grows, training increases for F-35

Posted  June 12, 2013

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Nicholas Egebrecht Air Force photograph by SSgt. Nicholas Egebrecht Maintainers from the 33rd Fighter Wing put the chocks on one of two new F-35A Lightning II fighters received at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., June 5, 2013. Including the Marine Corps variant of the F-35 based here, the training fleet…

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SAIC awarded contract by U.S. Space And Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic

Posted  June 12, 2013

Science Applications International Corporation has been awarded a prime contract by the U.S. Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic to provide electronics and communications services and solutions in support of mission capabilities within the Decision Superiority Portfolio. The multiple-award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract has a one-year base period of performance, four one-year options, and a total…

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SMC enters cooperative research, development agreement with SpaceX

Posted  June 12, 2013

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – The Space and Missile Systems Center at Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., has signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with Space Exploration Technologies Corp., better known as SpaceX, as part of the company’s effort to certify its Falcon 9 v1.1 Launch System for National Security Space missions. This cooperative…

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SSL selected to provide satellite to SKY Perfect JSAT

Posted  June 12, 2013

Space Systems/Loral, a leading provider of commercial satellites, announced June 11 that it was selected to provide a communications satellite to SKY Perfect JSAT, a leading satellite operator based in Japan, with a fleet of 16 satellites. The satellite, JCSAT-14, will replace JCSAT-2A at 154 degrees East longitude and expands on its capacity to meet…

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Boeing transfers first C-17 to Indian Air Force

Posted  June 12, 2013

LONG BEACH, Calif. – The Indian Air Force flew its first Boeing C-17 Globemaster III to India today, becoming the newest operator of the leading airlifter. “The C-17 will equip the Indian Air Force with amongst the world’s most advanced humanitarian and strategic capabilities,” said Air Vice Marshal SRK Nair, Assistant Chief of Air Staff…

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