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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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Northrop Grumman delivers 8,000th LN-100 inertial navigation system

Posted  May 24, 2013

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. – Northrop Grumman has achieved a significant milestone by delivering its 8,000th LN-100 inertial navigation system, which provides primary and backup navigation information for a variety of airborne and shipboard platforms. “After 20 years of continuous production, our LN-100 product continues to provide reliable, high performance to a broad customer community while evolving…

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NASA announces global best in class winners for International Space Apps Challenge

Posted  May 24, 2013

A panel of international judges from NASA, the European Space Agency, and other partner organizations has selected five “best in class” solutions as winners of the 2013 International Space Apps Challenge. The challenge, in which participants developed software, hardware, data visualization, and mobile or Web applications that contribute to space exploration missions and help improve…

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Air Force leaders send Memorial Day message

Posted  May 24, 2013

Many of us can envision a specific individual - a relative, friend, or coworker - who has paid the ultimate price in defense of America. Take a moment - right now - and think of that person and their family ... thank them for giving their all.

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Northrop Grumman increases investment in Australia, expands industry partnerships

Posted  May 24, 2013

Northrop Grumman is significantly increasing its commitment to Australia through the award of contracts valued at $7.4 million to three new global supply chain partner companies who will provide products and services for a variety of missions and capabilities The Australian companies, which form part of Northrop Grumman’s expanded global supply chain, are Electro Optic…

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Raytheon to upgrade additional Netherlands air bases following successful deployment of first Wind Farm Mitigation kit

Posted  May 24, 2013

The Royal Netherlands Air Force has contracted Raytheon) to upgrade four additional Airport Surveillance Radar sites following the successful implementation of the first Wind Farm Mitigation upgrade at RNLAF’s Woensdrecht Air Base. The upgrade includes technology enhancements, including WiMax interference filtering (4G filtration), and should be completed within the next 12-15 months. Wind turbines’ rotating…

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Mobile Tower System delivers life-saving upgrades

Posted  May 24, 2013

When soldiers and aircraft deploy in any part of the world, air traffic control operations become one of the most important functions to ensure that all aircraft supporting military operations maintain safe, orderly and expeditious flow of air traffic. The Mobile Tower System, or MOTS, provides the effective and reliable solution that can be deployed…

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World War II vet gets ‘Order of the Rising Sun’ from Japan’s ambassador

Posted  May 24, 2013

The government of Japan has bestowed one of that nation's highest honors on a Japanese-American, a former U.S. Soldier and World War II veteran, for his work furthering relationships between the Japanese and Americans.

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Russia wary of deeper nuclear arms cuts

Posted  May 24, 2013

Russia’s top military officer May 22 voiced skepticism about deeper nuclear arms cuts, saying they should require parallel reductions in non-nuclear precision weapons. The statement by chief of Russia’s military General Staff, Gen. Valery Gerasimov, appeared to signal the Kremlin’s reluctance to negotiate a new nuclear arms deal with Washington. President Barack Obama, who signed…

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Obama vows to close Guantanamo detention facility

Posted  May 24, 2013

President Barack Obama May 23 vowed to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, saying the prison has become a symbol of an America that flouts the law. Obama spoke at the National Defense University at Fort Lesley J. McNair here. His discussion on the Gitmo facility was part of a larger discussion on…

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NASA Education offers Summer of Innovation ‘mini-awards’

Posted  May 24, 2013

NASA’s Summer of Innovation project is accepting proposals through June 10, from organizations that want to offer students science, technology, engineering and mathematics educational experiences this summer. NASA will grant “mini-awards” of as much as $2,500 each to encourage a wide variety of educational partners, such as museums, schools or school districts, and youth organizations…

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