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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…

Lockheed Martin photograph by Mike Wilhelm Business

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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Hagel to make furlough decion soon, press secretary says

Posted  May 1, 2013

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will make a decision soon on the scope of civilian furloughs in response to sequestration spending cuts, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said May 1. Hagel is reviewing analysis on the budget “and he’ll reach a decision in the near future,” Little told reporters. Little acknowledged news reports that some services…

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Budget cuts mean Army must consider where it will buy weapons

Posted  May 1, 2013

Army photograph by Sgt. Christopher Johnston The Lima Army Tank Plant, Lima, Ohio, which produced the M1A2 tank, will stay open and busy until at least 2018, producing tanks and other equipment for both the U.S. Army and for sale to foreign countries through the Army’s foreign military sales program. With sequestration firmly in place,…

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Success continues as NASA’s Orion parachute tests get more difficult

Posted  May 1, 2013

A test version of NASA’s Orion spacecraft safely landed during a simulation of two types of parachute failures May 1. In the test, conducted in Yuma, Ariz., the mock capsule was traveling about 250 mph when the parachutes were deployed. That is the highest speed the craft has experienced as part of the test series…

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Faith in captivity: Vietnam War POW inspires Airmen

Posted  May 1, 2013

With his hands bound in manacles, an imprisoned Air Force pilot watched from his bamboo holding cell as North Vietnamese soldiers moved a wounded American prisoner into the cell across from his.

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DRS Technologies to provide U.S. Army with target location, designation systems

Posted  May 1, 2013

DRS Technologies, Inc., a Finmeccanica Company, announced April 29 that it has been awarded a $15.5 million contract by the U.S. Army for an advanced targeting system. The cost-plus-fixed-fee, incrementally-funded contract by the U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen, Md., is for the Engineering and Manufacturing Development phase of the Joint Effects Targeting System Target Location…

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Boeing rolls out first F-15SA for Royal Saudi Air Force

Posted  May 1, 2013

Boeing April 30 rolled out the F-15SA, ushering in a new era in fighter aircraft capability and affordability for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The F-15SA, the newest variant of the combat-proven F-15, provides improved performance and increased survivability at a lower life-cycle cost. The aircraft has two additional wing stations for increased payload and…

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Northrop Grumman selected to complete JCREW I1B1 Development

Posted  May 1, 2013

Northrop Grumman Corporation has been awarded a $14.1 million option to complete development of the Joint Counter Radio-Controlled Improvised Explosive Device Electronic Warfare Increment 1, Block 1 (I1B1) System of Systems. JCREW is a next-generation system to protect warfighters, vehicles, watercraft, and permanent structures from RCIEDs. The award from the U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command…

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NASA selects U.S. small business technology transfer projects for further development

Posted  May 1, 2013

NASA has selected 14 proposals from small business and research institution teams to continue development of innovative technologies that are needed for future NASA missions and could become viable commercial products and services. The Phase II selectees in NASA’s Small Business Technology Transfer Program may enter negotiations for possible contract awards, worth a combined total…

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Secretary favors ‘third party’ approach to engage Congress

Posted  May 1, 2013

Army leaders may not make the best advocates when it comes to convincing Congress and the American people which systems soldiers really need, said the Army's secretary.

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NASA Extends crew flight contract with Russian space agency

Posted  May 1, 2013

NASA has signed a $424 million modification to its contract with the Russian Federal Space Agency for full crew transportation services to the International Space Station in 2016 with return and rescue services extending through June 2017. NASA is facilitating development of a U.S. commercial crew space transportation capability with the goal of achieving safe,…

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