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F-35 fleet surpasses 15,000 flying hours

The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II fleet recently surpassed 15,000 flight hours, marking a major milestone for the program.

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NASA Cassini images may reveal birth of new Saturn moon

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has documented the formation of a small icy object within the rings of Saturn that may be a new moon, and may also provide clues to the formation of the planet’s known moons. Images taken with Cassini’s narrow angle camera on April 15, 2013 show disturbances at the very edge of Saturn’s…

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NASA’s Kepler telescope discovers first Earth-size planet in ‘habitable zone’

Using NASA's Kepler Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered the first Earth-size planet orbiting a star in the "habitable zone" - the range of distance from a star where liquid water might pool on the surface of an orbiting planet.

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DARPA Tactical Technology Office invites innovative risk-takers to attend 2014 Office-Wide Proposers Day

DARPAs Tactical Technology Office invests in innovative platforms, weapons, integrated systems and critical systems components that often incorporate emerging advanced technologies, all designed to preserve and extend decisive advantages for the U.S. military. Constantly evolving technologies, shifting warfighter mission requirements and limited budgets, however, mean TTO must always seek new ways to leverage innovation while…

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Northrop Grumman dedicates Aircraft Integration Center of Excellence in Florida

Northrop Grumman dedicated its new Aircraft Integration Center of Excellence in St. Augustine, Fla., April 17, which builds upon the company's 34-year legacy of operations there.


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News Briefs – July 26, 2012

Posted  July 26, 2012

Congress eyes probe into Army program Congress is poised to launch an investigation into why Army leaders have resisted requests to provide battlefield units with a specific computer program that helps troops locate and clear roadside bombs. The software program, the Palantir System, is being used by some units in Afghanistan, but Army officials have…

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Aeroshell to protect Mars Science Laboratory on descent

Posted  July 26, 2012

After a journey of 245 days across 352 million miles, the moment of truth for the Mars Science Laboratory begins late in the evening of Aug. 5 when the spacecraft roars into the Martian atmosphere, traveling at...

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DOD, VA crafting integrated support system

Posted  July 26, 2012

The Defense and Veterans Affairs departments are building an integrated military and veteran support system that is fundamentally different and far more robust than in the past, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta told a congressional panel July 25. Panetta addressed a relatively rare joint hearing of the House Armed Services and Veterans Affairs committees to…

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Navy to christen amphibious transport dock ship

Posted  July 26, 2012

The Navy will christen the newest amphibious transport dock ship, Somerset, July 28, 2012, during a ceremony at the Huntington Ingalls Industries shipyard in Avondale, La. The ship is named in honor of the courageous passengers and crew of United Airlines Flight 93. Their actions prevented terrorist hijackers from reaching their destination only to have…

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Northrop Grumman G/ATOR radar system delivered for start of government developmental testing

Posted  July 26, 2012

Northrop Grumman’s AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar system has been delivered to Surface Combat Systems Center Wallops Island in Eastern Virginia for the government to begin its first and second phases of Developmental Test. The final phase of DT and the Operational Assessment for G/ATOR will be conducted in Yuma, Ariz. Currently under development for…

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Air Force will thrive despite fiscal challenges

Posted  July 26, 2012

The Air Force has reinvigorated the service's nuclear mission, incorporated unmanned aerial capabilities and made progress in acquisition, the service's chief of staff told reporters July 24.

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Korean War fighter jet pilot recalls missions

Posted  July 26, 2012

He flew fighter planes his entire career, and as a wingman during the Korean War in 1952 and 1953, he flew 100 missions and extended his tour to perform 25 more. Retired Air Force Lt. Gen. William Earl Brown Jr. spent 34 years in the military, but his experiences as a young pilot in the…

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NASA selects contract for water, waste water revitalization

Posted  July 26, 2012

NASA has selected RTD Construction, Inc., of Zephyrhills, Fla., to provide construction services for the revitalization of Kennedy Space Center’s water distribution and waste water collection systems. The maximum potential value for the two-year fixed price contract is approximately $25.6 million. RTD Construction, Inc. will replace more than 125,000 feet of existing water mains and…

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Lockheed Martin completes JASSM F-15E integration with successful all-up round flight test

Posted  July 26, 2012

Lockheed Martin's Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile recently completed F-15E platform integration with a successful all-up round flight test at White Sands Missile Range, N.M.

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Special operations more than just combat

Posted  July 26, 2012

The nation expects special operations forces to be successful every time they are called upon, but they’re not wholly about combat, the commander of U.S. Special Operations Command said in Aspen, Colo., July 25 during a discussion moderated by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer at the Aspen Institute’s annual security forum. “We get a lot of notoriety…

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