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Boeing-built X-37B successfully completes third flight

The Boeing-built X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle successfully de-orbited and landed today at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., at 9:24 a.m., PDT, concluding a 674-day experimental test mission for the U.S. Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office.

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Dassault Falcon Jet establishes new pilot operational support team

Dassault Falcon Jet recently established a new Pilot Operational Support Team in Teterboro, N.J., to support operators in the Western Hemisphere.

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Navy christens, launches future USS Detroit

The Navy christened the future USS Detroit (LCS 7), the fourth Littoral Combat Ship of the Freedom variant, in a ceremony at Marinette Marine Shipyard in Marinette, Wisc., Oct. 18.

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NASA’s Hubble finds extremely distant galaxy through cosmic magnifying glass

Peering through a giant cosmic magnifying glass, NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has spotted a tiny, faint galaxy -- one of the farthest galaxies ever seen. The diminutive object is estimated to be more than 13 billion light-years away.

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Second Northrop Grumman-built Triton UAS completes first flight

The U.S. Navy's second MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system has successfully completed its first flight.


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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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U.S. Navy extends DRS Technologies E-6 Logistics contract

Posted  December 17, 2012

DRS Technologies, a Finmeccanica Company, announced Dec. 17 that the U.S. Navy has exercised a $49.9 million contract option to continue logistics support to the E-6 Take Charge and Move Out and Airborne Command Post aircraft fleet. Under terms of the contract option, awarded to the C3 and Aviation business unit, DRS will manage government-owned…

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