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Composites key to tougher, lighter armaments

The Army is on the cusp of revolutionizing materials that go into armament construction, making for stronger, lighter and more durable weapons, Dr. Andrew Littlefield said.

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AAR awarded new contract from Bell Helicopter Textron to support T64 engines

AAR announced April 22 that Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. awarded its Defense Systems & Logistics business unit a contract providing warehouse and logistics services in support of upgrading T64 engines for the Bell V-280 Valor technical demonstrator aircraft.

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Last MC-130P Combat Shadows in the Pacific retire

The 17th Special Operations Squadron at Kadena Air Base, Japan, sent off the final two MC-130P Combat Shadows in the Pacific Air Forces to retire on April 15.

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F-22 test squadron recognizes decorated squadron member, Vietnam hero

Base leaders will always attest to the fact that people are what make Edwards AFB a unique place to work.

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NASA unveils celestial fireworks as official image for Hubble 25th Anniversary

The brilliant tapestry of young stars flaring to life resemble a glittering fireworks display in the 25th anniversary NASA Hubble Space Telescope image, released to commemorate a quarter century of exploring the solar system and beyond since its launch April 24, 1990.


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Hagel vows to ensure well-being of service members, families

Posted  March 1, 2013

New Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel promised Feb. 27 to always be frank with the men and women of the department and said he expects all to be direct in return. Hagel spoke to the Pentagon workforce and a worldwide audience on the Pentagon Channel just after taking the oath as the nationís 24th defense secretary….

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Air Force awards light air support aircraft contract

Posted  March 1, 2013

The Air Force Feb. 27 awarded a $427,459,708.00 contract to Sierra Nevada Corp. to provide light air support aircraft and associated maintenance and training for the Afghan air force. Under this contract, 20 aircraft are scheduled to be delivered to operational air bases in Afghanistan beginning in the summer of 2014 to conduct advanced flight…

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NASA begins flight research campaign using alternate jet fuel

Posted  March 1, 2013

NASA researchers have begun a series of flights using the agency’s DC-8 flying laboratory to study the effects of alternate biofuel on engine performance, emissions and aircraft-generated contrails at altitude. The Alternative Fuel Effects on Contrails and Cruise Emissions (ACCESS) research involves flying the DC-8 as high as 40,000 feet while an instrumented NASA Falcon…

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Cuts, unstable budget threaten intelligence mission

Posted  March 1, 2013

Along with al Qaeda, nuclear proliferation and cyber threats, budget instability and the prospect of further deep spending cuts are among the nation’s most pressing national security challenges, top defense intelligence officials told a congressional panel Feb. 27. Michael G. Vickers, undersecretary of defense for intelligence, and Defense Intelligence Agency Director Army Lt. Gen. Michael…

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Original part from B-17F Memphis Belle returns home

Posted  March 1, 2013

Air Force photograph The B-17F “Memphis Belleís” engine primer knob from the co-pilotís side panel. Young Airman Ralph Barrett had no idea what that strange looking part he had found in Memphis was, but it looked interesting so he picked it up and decided to hang onto it. The part eventually made it to his…

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Lockheed Martin strengthens ties with small, diverse suppliers through new channel

Posted  March 1, 2013

Suppliers are critical to success at Lockheed Martin, yet they are often the first impacted in a challenging economy. In order to strengthen the company’s interaction with these small businesses and provide them additional opportunities, Lockheed Martin has introduced a supplier-focused website called Supplier Wire (http://www.lockheedmartin.com/supplierwire). Supplier Wire offers a wide range of educational resources,…

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Valor Website now includes pre-9/11 Medal of Honor recipients

Posted  March 1, 2013

The names of Medal of Honor recipients recognized for their battlefield valor before Sept. 11, 2001, now are listed on the Defense Department’s valor website, Pentagon officials announced Feb. 28. “Recognizing our brave men and women for their heroic actions is one of the most important things we can do as a department,” said Vee…

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NASA’s Van Allen probes reveal a new radiation belt around Earth

Posted  March 1, 2013

NASA’s Van Allen Probes mission has discovered a previously unknown third radiation belt around Earth, revealing the existence of unexpected structures and processes within these hazardous regions of space. Previous observations of Earth’s Van Allen belts have long documented two distinct regions of trapped radiation surrounding our planet. Particle detection instruments aboard the twin Van…

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Airbus parent EADS sees fourth quarter earnings halve

Posted  March 1, 2013

Airbus parent company EADS NV posted a 47 percent drop in fourth-quarter net profit Feb. 27 after taking costly charges at its helicopter and defense electronics divisions. The aerospace giant recorded a (euro) 325 million ($425 million) net profit in the October-December period, down from the previous year’s (euro) 612 million. But for the full…

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School letter-writing project yields Congressional visit

Posted  March 1, 2013

Students of Joe Walker Middle School had the honor of a personal visit from Congressman Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Calif., of the 25th United States Congressional District. The congressman visited 8th grade history students last week at the school to answer their questions about current issues. This visit came as the result of their teacher’s request…

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