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NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover arrives at Martian mountain

NASA's Mars Curiosity rover has reached the Red Planet's Mount Sharp, a Mount-Rainier-size mountain at the center of the vast Gale Crater and the rover mission's long-term prime destination.

Air Force photograph by MSgt. J. Scott Wilcox Defense

Aerial target QF-16 takes to the sky

Air Force photograph by MSgt. J. Scott Wilcox The first unmanned QF-16 Viper struck down over the Gulf of Mexico Sept. 5, 2014, was part of a joint effort between the Test and Training Division at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and the 82nd Aerial Target Squadron at Tyndall AFB, Fla. The test was an…

NASA photograph by Dan Casper Space

NASA’s Orion spacecraft nears completion, ready for fueling

NASA is making steady progress on its Orion spacecraft, completing several milestones this week at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida in preparation for the capsule's first trip to space in December.

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Annie Edwards, Utah Air National Guard Defense

DRAGON ‘fires up’ for flight

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Annie Edwards, Utah Air National Guard A NATO E-3A AWACS aircraft approaches a Utah Air National Guard KC-135R Stratotanker for air refueling during a training exercise over Germany in May 2014. The U.S. Air Force and NATO are undergoing a cooperative development effort – known as the DRAGON program –…

Air Force photograph by Ethan Wagner Defense

C-17 treads into new territory

As important as ailerons, rudders and elevators are to the fundamental movement of any aircraft in flight, its tires are equally important while moving on the ground.


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CNO explains what budget changes mean to you

Posted  April 1, 2013

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert released a video message to the fleet recently about the passage of yet another continuing resolution and what that means for the fleet. In the video, the Navy’s top admiral discussed the CR extension that the President signed last week putting legislation into effect that will restore Defense…

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Raytheon’s Patriot missiles receive US Army service life extension

Posted  April 1, 2013

Raytheon’s Patriot missiles, critical components of the Patriot Air and Missile Defense System, have received U.S. Army approval for a second recertification, extending the operational life of the worldwide inventory of Patriot missiles from 30 to 45 years. This extension allows customers to recertify and/or upgrade their inventory of Raytheon’s Patriot missiles at a fraction…

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Disabled veterans sports clinic opens in Colorado

Posted  April 1, 2013

An Iraq war veteran now serving as a senior Department of Veterans Affairs official opened the world’s largest and longest-running disabled sports event here last night, and he challenged almost 400 veterans to reach for new heights through teamwork and mental and physical toughness. “We all know the importance of sports and the incredible results…

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U.S. Navy awards Lockheed Martin $57 million contract to upgrade electronic warfare ship defense system

Posted  April 1, 2013

U.S. Navy awarded Lockheed Martin a $57 million contract to upgrade the fleet’s electronic warfare defenses against anti-ship missile threats.

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Veterans fight changes to disability payments

Posted  April 1, 2013

Veterans groups are rallying to fight any proposal to change disability payments as the federal government attempts to address its long-term debt problem. They say they’ve sacrificed already. Government benefits are adjusted according to inflation, and President Barack Obama has endorsed using a slightly different measure of inflation to calculate Social Security benefits. Benefits would…

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Soldiers to get safer artillery rounds

Posted  April 1, 2013

Beginning March 2014, the Army will take delivery of new artillery rounds which will be safer, but which will also deliver the same performance as those currently used, said an engineer who has tested them. “Cost, performance and IM” were the deciding factors in the Army choosing IMX-101 to replace trinitrotoluene, called TNT for short,…

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U.S. sends F-22s to S. Korea for exercises

Posted  April 1, 2013

After weeks of warlike rhetoric, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un gathered legislators April 1 for an annual spring parliamentary session that followed a ruling party declaration that nuclear bomb building and a stronger economy were the nation’s top priorities. The meeting of the Supreme People’s Assembly follows near-daily threats from Pyongyang, including vows of…

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Missing World War II Pacific Theater pilot identified

Posted  April 1, 2013

The remains of a serviceman from World War II have been identified and are being returned to his family for burial with full military honors, the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office announced in a DOD news release issued today. Army 1st Lt. John E. Terpning, of Mount Prospect, Ill., will be buried April 3…

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Lockheed Martin demonstrates Gyrocam sensor maritime capability with U.S. Navy

Posted  April 1, 2013

Courtesy Photo A Lockheed Martin Gyrocam 15-inch Dual Sensor System provides surveillance during the first capability demonstration by the Stiletto Maritime Demonstration Program. Lockheed Martin recently completed a series of successful demonstrations of its Gyrocam 15-inch Dual Sensor and 15-inch Triple Sensor in a realistic military maritime environment. The demonstration was conducted as part of…

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Raytheon receives $155.6 million Rolling Airframe Missile contract

Posted  April 1, 2013

Raytheon has been awarded a $155.6 million contract to manufacture Block 2 Rolling Airframe Missiles for delivery to the German navy. It represents the largest single RAM award by Germany. The contract was awarded in Raytheon’s first quarter of 2013. RAM is a cooperative program between the U.S. and German governments with industry support from…

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