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Smart-mortar will help Soldiers more effectively hit targets

The Army hopes the 120mm Guided Enhanced Fragmentation Mortar further improves soldiers' ability to put artillery on target.

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NASA’s WISE spacecraft discovers most luminous galaxy in universe

A remote galaxy shining with the light of more than 300 trillion suns has been discovered using data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer.

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Sikorsky S-97 Raider helicopter achieves successful first flight

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a United Technologies Corp. subsidiary, announced May 22 the successful first flight of the S-97 Raider™ helicopter, a rigid coaxial rotor prototype designed to demonstrate a game-changing combination of maneuverability, hover ability, range, speed, endurance and survivability.

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Critical NASA research returns to Earth aboard U.S. SpaceX Dragon spacecraft

SpaceX's Dragon cargo spacecraft splashed down in the Pacific Ocean at 12:42 p.m., EDT, May 21 with almost 3,100 pounds of NASA cargo from the International Space Station, including research on how spaceflight and microgravity affect the aging process and bone health.

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Soldiers participate during Flags In at Arlington Cemetery

After a long, unseasonably cold and wet day of conducting burial services, about 1,000 Old Guard soldiers made their way across the soggy hills and flats that make up Arlington National Cemetery, Va., to place miniature flags in front of each grave marker, May 21.


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Business

Union vote on Oshkosh Corp. contract extension

Posted  September 11, 2013

The Oshkosh Corp. is once asking union members to reopen contract extension talks with the company to help win a military contract. Oshkosh has asked for a five-year extension on the present labor contract with United Auto Workers Local 578 that expires in 2016. The extension is needed to help the company compete for a…

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Space

NASA exercises option on engineering, scientific services contract

Posted  September 11, 2013

NASA has exercised the first option under its contract with Vantage Partners LLC of Lanham, Md., to continue providing engineering and scientific support services to the agency’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland. The one-year option begins Oct.1 and is valued at about $46 million. The contract has three more options available: two at one year…

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Events

Veteran job fair coming to Long Beach, Calif.

Posted  September 11, 2013

There will be a special hiring event for veterans and military spouses 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Oct. 10 at the Queen Mary in Long Beach, Calif. The purpose of the event is to connect veterans with veteran-friendly employers. This is a great opportunity to meet face-to-face veteran-friendly employers including Airstreams Renewables, Verizon Communications, Home Depot, C.R….

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Northrop Grumman unmanned portfolio achieves 100,000 flight hours over last 15 years

Posted  September 11, 2013

Northrop Grumman photograph Northrop Grumman’s fleet of high-altitude long-endurance unmanned aircraft surpassed the 100,000 flight hours mark Sept. 5 – a significant achievement for the combat-proven intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance system. Northrop Grumman’s portfolio of high-altitude long-endurance unmanned aircraft systems have achieved 100,000 flight hours ñ more than 88 percent of which were logged by…

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U.S. Army awards Raytheon $54 million for Excalibur Ib

Posted  September 11, 2013

The U.S. Army has awarded Raytheon a $54 million contract for the procurement of the second lot of the Excalibur Ib artillery round. The Excalibur Ib is a precision-guided artillery projectile based on Raytheon’s combat-proven Excalibur Ia-1 and Ia-2, a 155mm precision-guided, extended-range projectile that uses GPS precision guidance to provide accurate, first round, fire-for-effect…

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Defense

U.S., Chinese reps stress progress in consultative talks

Posted  September 11, 2013

Defense officials from the United States and China met in Beijing Sept. 10 and discussed how to continue the progress that has taken place in the military relationship between their countries, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said Sept. 10. In a statement summarizing the 14th annual defense consultative talks, Little said James N. Miller, undersecretary…

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Events

Warbirds, vintage aircraft on display at Wings Wheels & Rotors 2013

Posted  September 11, 2013

    Wings Wheels and Rotors 2013 is expected to be another great event with a large turnout and the usual spectacular activities and displays. This year WWRE is set for Oct. 27 WWRE 2013 is an annual open house and family event hosted by the  Los Alamitos Area Chamber of Commerce and the California National…

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Space

Space station crew lands, wrapping up 166 days in space

Posted  September 11, 2013

Expedition 36 crew members Chris Cassidy of NASA and Pavel Vinogradov and Alexander Misurkin of the Russian Federal Space Agency have returned to Earth from the International Space Station, landing safely in Kazakhstan at 10:58 p.m., EDT, Sept. 10. Cassidy, Vinogradov and Misurkin, who launched to the station March 29, spent 166 days in space….

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Lockheed Martin-built AEHF satellite encapsulated for upcoming launch

Posted  September 11, 2013

The third Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite built by Lockheed Martin has been encapsulated into its payload fairing in preparation for a Sept. 18 liftoff aboard an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The AEHF system is the nation’s only protected strategic and tactical satellite communications program. It works in concert with…

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Obama, Hagel, Dempsey commemorate 9/11 anniversary

Posted  September 11, 2013

DOD photograph by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo President Barack Obama, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, during a ceremony for victims of the 9/11 attacks on the Pentagon at the Pentagon Memorial, Sept. 11, 2013. More than the stone and water that commemorate those who…

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