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Future USNS Fall River delivered

Navy photograph The joint high speed vessel USNS Fall River (JHSV 4) completes acceptance trials testing and evaluations in the Gulf of Mexico. The ship’s trials included dockside testing to clear the ship for sea and at-sea trials during which the Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey evaluated and demonstrated the performance of Fall River…

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NASA airborne campaigns focus on climate impacts in Arctic

University of Alaska-Fairbanks photograph by Chris Larsen Changes in more than 130 Alaskan glaciers are being surveyed by scientists at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks in a DHC-3 Otter as part of NASA’s multi-year Operation IceBridge Over the past few decades, average global temperatures have been on the rise, and this warming is happening two to…

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Future of NATO: Adapting to a new security environment

NATO’s supreme allied commander introduced new initiatives geared toward re-embracing its mission of collective defense.

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NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory finds planet that makes star act deceptively old

Image courtesy of NASA/CXC/M. Weiss A new study from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory shows that a giant exoplanet, WASP-18b, is making the star that it orbits very closely act much older than it actually is. This artist’s illustration depicts WASP-18b and its star, which are about 330 light years away. A planet may be causing…

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Enhanced F-35 Lightning II logistics system delivered to flight test locations

Lockheed Martin has delivered the next evolution of the F-35 Lightning II’s information technology backbone, called the Autonomic Logistics Information System, to Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., and Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md.


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Orbital successfully launches Cygnus spacecraft aboard Antares rocket

Posted  September 18, 2013

Orbital Sciences Corporation, one of the world’s leading space technology companies, announced Sept. 18 that it successfully launched its Antares rocket carrying the company’s Cygnus cargo logistics spacecraft into its intended orbit. The successful launch marked the beginning of a four-day in-orbit capabilities demonstration mission that will culminate in rendezvous and berthing with the International…

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Northrop Grumman to produce additional mission modules for U.S. Navy Littoral Combat Ship

Posted  September 18, 2013

Northrop Grumman has received a $25.2 million contract from the U.S. Navy for additional Littoral Combat Ship Mission Modules. The company will deliver three mission module packages – two for surface warfare missions and one for mine countermeasures. “Northrop Grumman continues to demonstrate that, as the mission package integrator, we are delivering high quality, fully…

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Dick Rutan recalls historic round-the-world flight

Posted  September 18, 2013

Courtesy photograph The Burt Rutan-designed, single-purpose Voyager is shown during a test flight that led up to its non-stop unrefueled flight around the world in December 1986. Nearly 27 years ago, the one-of-a-kind, purpose-built Voyager aircraft embarked on a non-stop, unrefueled flight around the world, setting a world record that remains unchallenged today. Dick Rutan,…

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Northrop Grumman’s SABR to help extend Viability of U.S. Air Force F-16s beyond 2025

Posted  September 18, 2013

Northrop Grumman’s Scalable Agile Beam Radar will help extend the viability of the U.S. Air Force’s F-16 fighter aircraft beyond 2025 and help ensure the F-16 remains a vital component of the nation’s fighter force structure. Skip Wagner, director of International Business Development and Strategy for Northrop Grumman’s ISR and Targeting Systems Division, provided details…

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Boeing announces Montana site expansion, 787-10 work

Posted  September 18, 2013

Boeing will †expand its manufacturing site in Helena, Mont., by nearly 50 percent to support demand for Boeing commercial airplanes and new work for the Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner. Boeing Chairman, President and CEO Jim McNerney, joined by Senator Max Baucus and Governor Steve Bullock, made the announcement Sept. 17 at the Montana Jobs Summit in…

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Lockheed Martin awarded $20 million contract to continue supporting NORAD space defense missions

Posted  September 18, 2013

Lockheed Martin will continue supporting the air, space defense and missile warning missions for the North American Aerospace Defense Command Cheyenne Mountain Complex in Colorado under a $20 million contract modification to the Integrated Space Command and Control program. Under this option, awarded by the U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Lockheed Martin will…

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Raytheon awarded $14 million for HARM Control Section Modification Lot 2 contract

Posted  September 18, 2013

The U.S. Air Force awarded Raytheon a $14 million Lot 2 contract to continue full rate production of High-Speed Anti-Radiation Missile Control Section Modification (HCSM) upgrade units. The modification adds a GPS receiver and an improved inertial measurement unit for precision navigation to the existing HARM. HCSM also features a digital flight computer that merges…

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News Briefs September 18, 2013

Posted  September 18, 2013

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,135 As of Sept. 17, 2013, at least 2,135 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,772 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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U.S. Navy expands surveillance mission for Northrop Grumman-built maritime unmanned aircraft

Posted  September 18, 2013

The U.S. Navy will increase by 50 percent the monthly surveillance flights of a Northrop Grumman-built maritime unmanned demonstrator under a contract awarded Sept. 6. The contract will allow Navy commanders to keep closer tabs on activities in the ocean and coastal regions of the Middle East.

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Headlines September 18, 2013

Posted  September 18, 2013

News: F-35 tires wear out too soon, Pentagon finds - Tires that wear out too soon are adding to the trouble’s facing Lockheed Martin’s F-35, the Pentagon’s costliest weapons system.   Business: Lockheed payments held by U.S. increase to $195 million - The U.S. Defense Department has withheld $195 million in payments from Lockheed Martin because of…

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