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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.

Army photograph by SSgt. Angela Stafford Business

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.

Air Force photograph by MSgt. J. Wilcox Defense

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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NASA launches Exploration Design Challenge

Posted  March 11, 2013

NASA unveiled an Exploration Design Challenge March 11 to give students from kindergarten through 12th grade the opportunity to play a unique role in the future of human spaceflight. The innovative educational opportunity was announced in a special event at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. The challenge asks students in the U.S. and abroad…

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General Dynamics announces senior leadership changes

Posted  March 11, 2013

General Dynamics announced March 7 that David K. Heebner, executive vice president and group executive of the company’s Combat Systems group, has been appointed group executive of the Information Systems and Technology group. Mark C. Roualet, president of General Dynamics Land Systems, will succeed Heebner as executive vice president and group executive of the Combat…

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Boeing to consolidate flight training facilities in North America

Posted  March 11, 2013

Boeing photograph The Miami campus building, the largest campus in the Boeing Flight Services global training network. After the consolidation, Miami will be established as the pro forma training campus for Boeing in the Americas. Boeing announced March 8 it is consolidating flight training capabilities in North America ñ including 787 flight and maintenance training…

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Furloughs can begin April 26, DOD comptroller says

Posted  March 11, 2013

Unless Congress acts to end sequestration, furloughs for Defense Department civilian employees can begin April 26, the department’s comptroller said March 11. Robert F. Hale discussed the furlough planning process with a Pentagon audience. The comptroller also took questions sent in via Facebook and Twitter. DOD is the only agency in the U.S. government that…

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Beechcraft to protest U.S. Air Force decision

Posted  March 11, 2013

Beechcraft Corporation announced March 8 that it will formally protest to the U.S. Government Accountability Office the U.S. Air Force’s recent award of the Light Air Support contract to its Brazilian competitor, Embraer. An estimated 1400 jobs in Kansas and other states are in jeopardy as a result of the Air Force decision. “Following our…

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NASA launches exploration design challenge

Posted  March 11, 2013

NASA unveiled an Exploration Design Challenge March 11 to give students from kindergarten through 12th grade the opportunity to play a unique role in the future of human spaceflight. The innovative educational opportunity was announced in a special event at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. The challenge asks students in the U.S. and abroad…

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Naval Air Systems Command awards Wyle $24 million UAS contract

Posted  March 11, 2013

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Wyle has been awarded a three-year $24 million contract to provide reliability improvement, testing, technology insertion and life-cycle analysis for unmanned air systems and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance project and programs for the Naval Air Systems Command. Wyle’s experts will support the development and refinement of processes and equipment designed to…

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Nellis pilots take first step toward F-35 operational testing

Posted  March 11, 2013

Air Force photograph by Samuel King Jr. A1C Lance Colbert gives a thumbs-up to the pilot and ground crew prior to marshalling out the F-35A Lightning II March 6, 2013, at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Colbert is a crew chief with the 33rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. Two officers from the operational test community are…

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USS Monitor unknown dailors honored at Arlington National Cemetery

Posted  March 11, 2013

The U.S. Navy honored two unknown Sailors, found inside the sunken USS Monitor during an expedition to recover artifacts in 2002, with an interment ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, March 8.

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Amplified greenhouse effects shifts northís growing season

Posted  March 11, 2013

NASA image courtesy of Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio Of the 10 million square miles (26 million square kilometers) of northern vegetated lands, 34 to 41 percent showed increases in plant growth (green and blue), 3 to 5 percent showed decreases in plant growth (orange and red), and 51 to 62 percent showed…

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