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F-35 Rollout Marks U.S.-Australia Partnership Milestone

Lockheed Martin photograph by Beth Groom Royal Australian Air Force Air Marshal Geoff Brown delivers his remarks at the roll out ceremony for Australia’s first F-35. The official rollout of the first two F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter aircraft for the Royal Australian Air Force is a milestone in the U.S.-Australia partnership, the undersecretary…

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NASA’s Mars spacecraft maneuvers to prepare for close comet flyby

NASA is taking steps to protect its Mars orbiters, while preserving opportunities to gather valuable scientific data, as Comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring heads toward a close flyby of Mars Oct. 19.

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U.S. Forces display military might at Farnborough

Air Force photograph by A1C Erin O’Shea Capt. Tom Meyers discusses the F-15E Strike Eagle’s capabilities with spectators July 17, 2014, at the Farnborough International Airshow in England. Public access was granted for spectators to ask questions and observe the aircraft up-close with pilots and aircrew members. Meyers is a 494th Fighter Squadron F-15E instructor…

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Lockheed Martin’s unmanned cargo helicopter team returns from deployment

After lifting more than 4.5 million pounds of cargo and conducting thousands of delivery missions for the U.S. Marine Corps, the Lockheed Martin and Kaman Aerospace Corporation K-MAX cargo unmanned aircraft system has returned to the United States following a nearly three-year deployment in Afghanistan. In 2011, K-MAX became the first unmanned helicopter to deliver…

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Sun sets on Red Flag 14-3

Air Force photograph by A1C Thomas Spangler The sun sets behind a row of F-16 Fighting Falcons during Red Flag 14-3, July 16, 2014, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Red Flag provides a series of intense air-to-air combat scenarios for aircrew and ground personnel, which will in turn increase their combat readiness and effectiveness…


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News Briefs – November 5, 2012

Posted  November 5, 2012

Pentagon saw chance for hostage mission in Libya The Pentagon says that the U.S. military was ready within a few hours of the terrorist attacks on U.S. outposts in eastern Libya to respond to numerous possibilities, including hostages. Pentagon press secretary George Little said Nov. 2 that when Defense Secretary Leon Panetta ordered several U.S….

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Official describes sequestration’s ‘devastating’ impact

Posted  November 5, 2012

A senior Pentagon official Nov. 5 reflected on his past service in a hollow military as a precautionary tale to lawmakers to prevent sequestration from devastating the Defense Department’s budget. Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, shared his perspective as a former Army officer while speaking to an audience during the…

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Raytheon awarded U.S. Navy contract for Ship Self-Defense System

Posted  November 5, 2012

Raytheon Company has been awarded a $22.5 million U.S. Navy contract for the Ship Self-Defense System. With this award, Raytheon will continue system development, test and integration, as well as Platform Systems Engineering Agent services and support for fleet-deployed systems. SSDS is an open, distributed combat management system in service on carriers and amphibious ships,…

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Iraq war contractor ordered to pay $85 million

Posted  November 5, 2012

A jury Nov. 2 ordered an American military contractor to pay $85 million after finding it guilty of negligence for illnesses suffered by a dozen Oregon soldiers who guarded an oilfield water plant during the Iraq war. After a three-week trial, the jury deliberated for just two days before reaching a decision against the contractor,…

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Army leaders say ‘agile’ force needed for uncertain future

Posted  November 5, 2012

The Army is taking a series of strategically minded and carefully crafted steps to position the force for a full range of potential mission scenarios in an unpredictable, yet challenging and fast-changing future operating environment, service leaders said Oct. 22. Lt. Gen. John F. Campbell, the Army’s deputy chief of staff, G3/5/7, led a panel…

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General Dynamics Amphibious Combat Vehicle hull design meets Marine Corps’ survivability requirement

Posted  November 5, 2012

General Dynamics Land Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics, recently conducted simulated mine-blast tests that confirmed the ability of its Amphibious Combat Vehicle ballistic hull design to meet the U.S. Marine Corps’ current ACV mine-blast survivability requirements. Funded through General Dynamics’ internal research and development initiatives, the tests were conducted by National Technical Systems,…

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National parks free to all for Veterans Day weekend

Posted  November 5, 2012

America’s 398 national parks will offer the public free admission Nov. 10-12 during Veterans Day weekend in honor of those who serve and have served in the U.S. military, according to a National Park Service news release. “National parks preserve places that commemorate our country’s collective heritage – our ideals, our majestic lands, our sacred…

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NASA’s Curiosity rover provides clues to changes In Martian atmosphere

Posted  November 5, 2012

NASA’s car-sized rover, Curiosity, has taken significant steps toward understanding how Mars may have lost much of its original atmosphere. Learning what happened to the Martian atmosphere will help scientists assess whether the planet ever was habitable. The present atmosphere of Mars is 100 times thinner than Earth’s. A set of instruments aboard the rover…

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Judge backs NASA lab in work discrimination case

Posted  November 5, 2012

A California judge has tentatively ruled in favor of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in a wrongful termination lawsuit brought by a former computer specialist who alleged he was singled out in part because of his belief in intelligent design. Superior Court Judge Ernest Hiroshige issued a tentative ruling Nov. 1 saying he was leaning toward…

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U.S. Air Force struggles with aging fleet

Posted  November 5, 2012

For decades, the U.S. Air Force has grown accustomed to such superlatives as unrivaled and unbeatable. These days, some of its key combat aircraft are being described with terms like geriatric, or decrepit. The aging of the U.S. Air Force, a long-simmering topic in defense circles, made a brief appearance in the presidential debates when…

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