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F-35B successfully completes wet runway, crosswind testing

In an important program milestone enabling U.S. Marines Corps Initial Operational Capability certification, the Lockheed Martin F-35B recently completed required wet runway and crosswind testing at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.

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Engineers developing safer, more accurate tracer round

Engineers at Picatinny Arsenal are researching a way to develop a new type of tracer round that not only would perform its function during the day as well as night, but also improve shooter accuracy and keep soldiers safer by reducing their visual signature.

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Katherine Lott awarded NASA Armstrong employee scholarship

The NASA Armstrong Employee Exchange Council has presented its 2014 Joseph R. Vensel Memorial Scholarship Award to Katherine Lott.

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NASA selects instruments to track climate impact on vegetation

NASA has selected proposals for two new instruments that will observe changes in global vegetation from the International Space Station. The sensors will give scientists new ways to see how forests and ecosystems are affected by changes in climate or land use change.

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Tyndall AFB takes F-22 pilot training to next level

The Air Force’s ability to continue developing a fifth generation fighter aircraft fleet ready to meet the challenges of future warfare, hinges in large part, on a steady influx of capable and trained F-22 Raptor pilots.


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Northrop Grumman’s SABR gives F-16 pilots the big picture

Posted  April 17, 2013

To a pilot, a radar is only as useful as the information it provides, and Northrop Grumman’s Big SAR (synthetic aperture radar) mapping for the Scalable Agile Beam Radar delivers the largest, sharpest radar images ever available in an F-16. The company’s SABR has successfully demonstrated several advanced radar capabilities for the F-16, including Big…

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NASA’s SOFIA flying observatory marks 100th flight

Posted  April 17, 2013

NASA photograph by Tom Tschida The staff of NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) gathered on the ramp outside the Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility in Palmdale, Calif., to mark a milestoneóthe flying observatory’s 100th flight. The airborne observatory departed from the facility that evening on an engineering flight for the German Receiver for Astronomy…

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Air Force officials announce civilian Reduction in Force

Posted  April 17, 2013

In a continuing effort to meet the Department of Defense funding targets in the Fiscal Year 2012 President’s Budget and re-balance the civilian workforce, approximately 60 Air Force installations will implement civilian Reduction in Force authorities effective through about Aug. 23, to assist in the placement of employees not assigned against funded positions (termed “surplus…

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DOD scrubbing money pot to reduce furloughs, Carter says

Posted  April 17, 2013

Pentagon leaders from Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on down are looking for ways to reduce the pending civilian employee layoffs known as furloughs, Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter said April 16. Under the departmentís current plan, more than 700,000 civilian employees will receive furlough notices in early May notifying them of furloughs to begin in…

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Northrop Grumman’s Astro Aerospace receives follow-on order for 48 more JIB antennas for GPS III satellites

Posted  April 17, 2013

Northrop Grumman will provide 48 more self-deploying, monopole JIB antennas for Global Positioning System (GPS III) satellites under a follow-on contract from Lockheed Martin. The work will be carried out by Astro Aerospace, a strategic business unit of Northrop Grumman. A photo accompanying this release is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=18182 With an adaptable design configuration, JIBs…

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Hagel eliminates distinguished warfare medal

Posted  April 17, 2013

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has eliminated the Distinguished Warfare Medal, DOD officials announced April 15. Instead, the military will recognize service members who directly affect combat operations without being present through distinguishing devices that will be affixed to already existing awards. Soon after being sworn in as defense secretary Feb. 27, 2013, Hagel asked Army…

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Dryden 2014 budget supports stable operation for next year

Posted  April 17, 2013

The 2014 federal budget plans were released April 10, and NASA is slated for $17.7 billion, a decrease of less than 1 percent. NASAís Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards, Calif., is budgeted at $261.9 million, an increase of about 3 percent. Congress has to authorize these fiscal year 2014 figures in the coming months….

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SpaceShipTwo passes airborne rocket motor cold flow test

Posted  April 17, 2013

Courtesy Photo SpaceShipTwo in flight during a previous glide test above Mojave Air & Space Port. The Scaled Composites/Virgin Galactic test program at Mojave is accelerating. April 12 there was a 10.8-minute cold flow test in which the hybrid rocket motor was tested after SS2 was released from its mother ship, the WhiteKnightTwo. Since March…

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U.S. paying more for overseas bases in Germany, Japan, South Korea despite troop shifts

Posted  April 17, 2013

The United States is footing more of the bill for overseas bases in Germany, Japan and South Korea even as the military reduces the number of American troops in Europe and strategically repositions forces in Asia, a congressional report says. The exhaustive, yearlong investigation by the Senate Armed Services Committee focused on costs and burden-sharing…

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Air Superiority: Advantage over enemy skies for 60 years

Posted  April 17, 2013

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=yLom8ZfvZTs Air Force graphic by Luis Jimenez DOD photograph Air view of bombs dropped by U.S. Air Force, exploding on three parallel railroad bridges across Han River, southwest of Seoul, capital of the Republic of Korea. Bridges were bombed early in war to delay advance of invading North Korean troops. A few months after the…

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