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Rapid Equipping Force, PEO Soldier test targeting device at White Sands Missile Range

Army photograph by John Andrew Hamilton SFC Justin Rotti, a combat developer from the Training and Doctrine Command Fire Cell, Fires Center of Excellence, uses a developmental hand held precision targeting device during a test at White Sands Missile Range’s 500k test site. White Sands’ terrain and environmental features make it well suited for testing…

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NASA’s Fermi telescope reveals new source of gamma rays

Observations by NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope of several stellar eruptions, called novae, firmly establish these relatively common outbursts almost always produce gamma rays, the most energetic form of light.

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Hubble shows farthest lensing galaxy yields clues to early universe

Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have unexpectedly discovered the most distant galaxy that acts as a cosmic magnifying glass. Seen here as it looked 9.6 billion years ago, this monster elliptical galaxy breaks the previous record-holder by 200 million years.

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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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Posted  December 21, 2012

NEWS Obama to nominate John Kerry to be next secretary of State; Radioactive hot spots remain at former research facility’s site; U.S. House approves bill authorizing $633 billion in defense spending;   BUSINESS   GE to buy aviation unit of Italy’s Avio for $4.3 billion; BAE Systems wins £2.5 billion Oman Hawk, Typhoon contract;  …

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News Briefs December 21, 2012

Posted  December 21, 2012

Panetta cites turning point in Afghan war Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says U.S. military commanders in Afghanistan believe the U.S. and its allies have ìturned the tideî after 11 years of war. In a speech at the National Press Club in Washington, Panetta said the international military coalition has reversed a five-year trend of growing…

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MEXSAT Bicentenario satellite sends first signals from space

Posted  December 21, 2012

The MEXSAT Bicentenario satellite, built by Boeing partner Orbital Sciences Corporation, sent its first signals from space Dec. 19 following launch from Kourou aboard an Ariane 5 rocket. Bicentenario is the first of three MEXSAT satellites for the Secretaria de Comunicaciones y Transportes of Mexico that will enhance the country’s communications for domestic, military, civil…

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Real-world projects prepare students for future flight test

Posted  December 21, 2012

When students arrive at the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School, they enter as the top operational pilots, navigators and engineers from the Air Force, sister services and allies. After completing the intense year-long master’s program, they emerge as the next generation of elite test professionals that will handcraft war-winning capabilities of the future. The…

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General Dynamics Bath Iron Works awarded $49 million for DDG 51 programs

Posted  December 21, 2012

The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, a subsidiary of General Dynamics, two contracts in support of the DDG 51 Arleigh Burke -class guided missile destroyer program. Bath Iron Works is the lead shipyard and design agent for the class. The first contract, valued at $28.3 million, is for lead yard services…

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Successful Northrop Grumman 2012 holiday giving campaign shows commitment to communities, those in need

Posted  December 21, 2012

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – Employees of Northrop Grumman’s Aerospace Systems sector continued their tradition of bringing seasonal cheer to people in need during this year’s holiday giving campaign. The company’s employee-driven program, active for more than 50 years, made the holidays easier by donating prepaid phone cards, new toys and gifts of food to communities…

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Boeing’s final design for Wedgetail AEW&C airborne mission segment accepted by Australia

Posted  December 21, 2012

The Commonwealth of Australia has completed its acquisition of six Boeing 737 Airborne Early Warning and Control aircraft and related mission systems by accepting the final design of the Wedgetail airborne mission segment. The Royal Australian Air Force operates the aircraft, which provide Australia with advanced airborne surveillance, communications and battle management. “Australia has worked…

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Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne reaches milestone in development of America’s next rocket engine for human spaceflight

Posted  December 21, 2012

CANOGA PARK, Calif. – Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne successfully completed the last hot-fire test on the J-2X powerpack – an important step toward development of America’s next rocket engine designed for human spaceflight. NASA has selected the J-2X as the upper-stage propulsion for the Space Launch System, an advanced heavy-lift launch vehicle. Pratt & Whitney…

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General Dynamics’ 30,000th combat SAR radio goes to work for U.S. Air Force

Posted  December 21, 2012

General Dynamics C4 Systems’ recent delivery of 674 AN/PRC-112G® radios to the U.S. Air Force included the 30,000th combat search and rescue radio fielded by General Dynamics. The PRC-112 radio, which is part of the HOOK2® CSAR system, has been connecting downed military pilots, aircrew and isolated personnel to search and rescue team members since…

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Robot to serve as future military’s pack mule

Posted  December 21, 2012

The war fighter who carries up to 100 pounds of equipment on his back is expected to get relief from the cumbersome weight, officials at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency say. Enter the robot. Itís not just any robot. DARPAís semiautonomous Legged Squad Support System – also known as the LS3 – will carry…

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