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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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DOD review will lead to ëbig choices, Hagel says

Posted  April 5, 2013

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel today signaled possible big changes ahead for his department in acquisition, personnel and organization as he delivered his first major policy speech as Pentagon chief. Hagel outlined his plan of attack for the strategic and financial challenges the Defense Department faces during remarks at the National Defense University. We need to…

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Fire Scout unmanned helicopter, USS Robert G. Bradley set deployment record

Posted  April 5, 2013

The U.S. Navy’s MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter surpassed another milestone in March when the MQ-8B Fire Scout helicopter completed its 600th deployed flight hour while embarked on USS Robert G. Bradley (FFG 49).

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Lockheed Martinís Havoc 8×8 completes swim tests in Marine Personnel Carrier competition

Posted  April 5, 2013

Lockheed Martinís Havoc 8×8, an eight-wheel-drive Armored Modular Vehicle, successfully completed amphibious testing as part of its evaluation for the Marine Personnel Carrier competition. The trials in and near the surf at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., were conducted with the vehicle loaded to its full combat weight. During the Camp Pendleton testing, Havoc…

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Virtual window provides vital view for soldiers

Posted  April 5, 2013

DETROIT ARSENAL, Mich. — Army researchers are looking for ways to give soldiers a look outside using cameras and monitors. To provide better situational awareness for Bradley Fighting Vehicle Infantrymen, a cross-discipline team of U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command engineers is developing the Virtual window – a video display mounted to the interior…

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Boeing, Sberbank announce order for 12 737- 800s

Posted  April 5, 2013

Boeing, Sberbank of Russia and its wholly owned subsidiary, Sberbank Leasing, have reached an agreement on an order for 12 Next-Generation 737-800s. The airplanes are intended for operational leasing under Sberbank’s contract with Transaero, one of Sberbank’s key corporate customers. Valued at more than $1 billion at current list prices, the deal will help lay…

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BAMS-D exceeds 10,000 hour milestone

Posted  April 5, 2013

The Navy’s Broad Area Maritime Surveillance-Demonstrator (BAMS-D) in flight over Patuxent River, Md. BAMS-D surpassed 10,000 flight hours April 1, marking another milestone for Navy unmanned aviation. The Navy’s Broad Area Maritime Surveillance-Demonstrator (BAMS-D) surpasses 10,000 flight hours April 1, marking another milestone for Navy unmanned aviation. BAMS-D provides more than 50 percent of the…

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Reductions won’t affect most TRICARE Prime beneficiaries

Posted  April 5, 2013

Despite upcoming service area reductions, TRICARE Prime will remain a health care option for 97 percent of the more than 5 million beneficiaries eligible for the health care plan, Military Health System officials said. The 3 percent difference, which comprises about 171,000 beneficiaries who mostly reside more than 40 miles from a military clinic or…

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AFIT to host Department of Defense contractor open house

Posted  April 5, 2013

Department of Defense contractors are invited to attend an open house and tour of the Air Force Institute of Technology April 16 and 17. Representatives from the Graduate School of Engineering & Management, School of Systems & Logistics and the Civil Engineer School will showcase teaching facilities, world-class labs and describe programs and opportunities to…

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Army chief talks aviation, sequestration at Fort Rucker

Posted  April 5, 2013

Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno got a first-hand look at the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence and spoke about the effects of sequestration on the community, during a visit to Fort Rucker, April 1-2. The chief’s visit included tours of different training facilities, briefings, a flight tour of the…

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Lockheed Martin completes first ever live firing of latest Aegis Combat System evolution

Posted  April 5, 2013

Lockheed Martin’s Aegis Combat System recently completed a live fire test, using the system’s newest capability build, Baseline 9. During the at-sea test scenario, Aegis successfully detected, tracked and engaged a medium-altitude subsonic target from the USS Chancellorsville (CG 62). During the exercise, the USS Chancellorsville’s Aegis Weapon System sent tracking orders to the ship’s…

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