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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.

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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.

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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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Northrop Grumman names VP Cybersecurity/C4

Posted  January 7, 2013

Northrop Grumman announced Jan. 7 that it has appointed retired U.S. Navy Vice Adm. P. Stephen Stanley as vice president of Cybersecurity/C4, effective immediately. Stanley will report to Sid Ashworth, corporate vice president, Government Relations. In this role, Stanley leads the Cybersecurity/C4 portfolio in the company’s Government Relations organization. He and his team contribute to…

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Obama announces nominees for next defense secretary, CIA cirector

Posted  January 7, 2013

President Barack Obama Jan. 7 announced his nominations to serve as the next leaders of the Defense Department and Central Intelligence Agency. At a White House news conference, Obama announced his selection of Chuck Hagel to be next defense secretary and John Brennan as the next CIA director. If confirmed by the Senate, Hagel will…

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Northrop Grumman delivers Global Hawks to U.S. Air Force

Posted  January 7, 2013

Northrop Grumman photograph by Alan Radecki Northrop Grumman recently delivered two new Global Hawk unmanned aircraft systems to the U.S. Air Force ahead of schedule. Global Hawk allows military commanders to receive high-resolution imagery, survey vast geographic regions and pinpoint targets on the ground. Northrop Grumman has completed early delivery of two Global Hawk unmanned…

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Infantry now shut to women; do they want it open?

Posted  January 7, 2013

If or when the Defense Department lets women become infantry troops – the country’s front-line war fighters – how many women will want to? The answer is probably not many. Interviews with a dozen female soldiers and Marines showed little interest in the toughest fighting jobs. They believe they’d be unable to do them, even…

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Boeing delivered 601 planes last year

Posted  January 7, 2013

Boeing said Jan. 3 that it delivered 601 planes last year, putting it on track to beat European rival Airbus as the top plane maker for the year. Airbus has beaten Boeing in deliveries in recent years, but Boeing is now cranking out its new 787 and a revamped 747 after delays for both aircraft….

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Posted  January 4, 2013

Business Airbus seen posting 900 orders, 580 deliveries for 2012; Global Hawk maker Northrop to skip Paris air show; Budget deal leaves U.S. defense sector in limbo;     International Russia poised for largest naval exercise for decades; Troops’ role changing as 2012 ends in Afghanistan; United Kingdom MoD pays £500,000 compensation to Afghan victims;…

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News Briefs – January 4, 2013

Posted  January 4, 2013

Pilot OK as California Air National Guard jet crashes   A California Air National Guard fighter jet crashed during a routine training mission but the pilot safely ejected. The Guard says the Fresno-based F-16C went down the afternoon of Dec .27 about 100 miles east of Fresno. The Fresno Bee reports that the pilot was…

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Boeing receives additional US Navy order for torpedo defense systems

Posted  January 4, 2013

Under a newly exercised option for the AN/SLQ-25C system contract, Boeing subsidiary Argon ST will continue to supply U.S. Navy surface ships with countermeasures that lure torpedoes away by mimicking a vessel’s propulsion system. The $8 million option covers production and delivery of eight new AN/SLQ-25C systems – commonly called “Nixie” – under the Navy’s…

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Researchers identify water rich meteorite linked to Mars crust

Posted  January 4, 2013

NASA-funded researchers analyzing a small meteorite that may be the first discovered from the Martian surface or crust have found it contains 10 times more water than other Martian meteorites from unknown origins.

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Contract briefs – January 4, 2013

Posted  January 4, 2013

U.S. Navy awards Raytheon $169 million for DDG 1000 program   Raytheon is being awarded a not-to-exceed $169 million modification to previously awarded fixed-price incentive, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for deferred mission systems equipment for DDG 1000 and DDG 1001, scheduled critical DDG 1002 non-hatchable mission systems equipment, and non-recurring engineering applicable to mission system equipment design…

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