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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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NASA’s next-generation communications satellite arrives at Kennedy

Posted  December 19, 2012

NASA’s newest Tracking and Data Relay Satellite, known as TDRS-K, arrived Dec. 18 at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida in preparation for a Jan. 29 launch. TDRS-K arrived aboard a U.S. Air Force C-17 from the Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems assembly facility in El Segundo, Calif. For almost 30 years, the TDRS…

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‘Wreaths Across America’ honors fallen service members

Posted  December 19, 2012

As thousands of volunteers fanned out at Arlington National Cemetery, Va., this past weekend, placing holiday wreaths at the white headstones as part of the “Wreaths Across America” tribute, Sheila Patton kept vigil at one particular gravesite. Patton and her daughter stationed themselves at the grave of their son and brother, Army Staff Sgt. James…

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Posted  December 17, 2012

Tech News   NASA to test space-sleep colour-changing lights;     NASA to test space-sleep color-changing lights;     Has World War II carrier pigeon message been cracked?;     International News   United Kingdom Ministry of Defence to sell part of its radio spectrum;     British troops ‘most vulnerable’ during Afghan withdrawal;  …

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Vice President of Integrated Mission Systems for the Defense Systems division

Posted  December 17, 2012

Northrop Grumman photograph Jack Dorsett, vice president of Integrated Mission Systems for the Defense Systems division for Northrop Grumman Corporation’s Information Systems sector.

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News Briefs – December 17, 2012

Posted  December 17, 2012

400 workers to be laid off at Indiana Humvee plant   AM General says it plans to lay off 400 employees at its military assembly plant in northern Indiana beginning Jan. 1. Company spokesman Jeff Adams tells the South Bend Tribune that the layoffs announced Dec. 13 will last until March. Adams says such temporary…

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Army leaders probe ‘deep future’

Posted  December 17, 2012

Trying to anticipate what the world might be like in 2030 would seem to be in the realm of science fiction writers, but the Army is interested too.

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Service members, volunteers, pay honor to fallen, lay wreaths at Arlington

Posted  December 17, 2012

DOD photograph by Sebastian Sciotti Jr. Trucks carrying wreaths arrive at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Dec. 15, 2012. Thousands of volunteers helped place 110,000 wreaths at the graves of fallen service members as part of the annual Wreaths Across America event. DOD photograph by Sebastian Sciotti Jr. Service members and volunteers render honors…

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Linebacker II remembrance ceremony

Posted  December 17, 2012

The annual Linebacker II Remembrance Ceremony was held at the Arc Light Memorial Park, Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 14 to honor the heroes that made the ultimate sacrifice in support of Operation Linebacker II.

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Deployable radio frequency data backbone to match fiber optic capacity

Posted  December 17, 2012

Fiber optic cables provide the core backbone for military and civilian networks, enabling Internet, phone, video and other data to move at super-high speeds with virtually no degradation over long distances. In deployed environments, where a fiber optic backbone doesnít exist, other communications modes are used resulting in reduced data-rate capacity for the warfighter. DARPAís…

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Boeing names vice president, general manager of unmanned airborne systems programs

Posted  December 17, 2012

Company veteran Michael Kurth will oversee Boeing’s unmanned airborne systems as of Jan. 1. Kurth, currently managing director of Boeing Defence UK Ltd., will relocate to St. Louis, Mo., as vice president and general manager, Unmanned Airborne Systems Programs, reporting to Boeing Military Aircraft President Chris Chadwick. David Pitchforth, managing director for UK Rotorcraft Support,…

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