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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.

Image courtesy of NASA, J. Lotz, (STScI Space

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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Army offers early retirement opportunity for Soldiers

Posted  October 17, 2012

Soldiers with at least 15 but less than 20 years of service may be eligible for early retirement.

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Lockheed Martin modernizes DCGS-I testbed for DOD

Posted  October 17, 2012

The mobile testbed used by the U.S. Department of Defense to assess new intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance technologies prior to their introduction into an operational environment has been modernized by Lockheed Martin. The Distributed Common Ground/Surface System-Imagery Testbed, which is used to integrate new ISR capabilities into the DCGS environment, has been upgraded to foster…

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DOD augments stability operations with partners, private sector

Posted  October 17, 2012

Conducting stability operations is a core mission for the U.S. military, but the Defense Strategic Guidance and 10 years of war make clear a continuing need to augment the range of such operations with the skills of regional partners and the private sector, a senior defense official said Oct. 16. James A. Schear, deputy assistant…

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NASA symposium marks 50 years of solar system exploration

Posted  October 17, 2012

NASA will host a history symposium about past, present and future solar system exploration. The event takes place Oct. 25-26 from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., EDT, at the Lockheed Martin Global Vision Center in Crystal City, Va. The event is free and open to the public with prior registration. The deadline for registration is Friday, Oct….

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Hundreds gather to honor Korean War vets

Posted  October 17, 2012

MacArthur Park in downtown Los Angeles was filled with Korean War veterans Oct. 13 as the U.S. and Korea Alliance Association gathered international and American leaders to honor the sacred contribution made by those veterans nearly 60 years ago.

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F-35A completes first in-flight weapons release

Posted  October 17, 2012

An F-35A conventional takeoff and landing aircraft completed the first in-flight weapons release of a 2,000-pound GBU-31 BLU-109 Joint Direct Attack Munition from a 5th generation fighter, Oct. 16. The flight was conducted by U.S. Air Force Maj. Eric “Doc” Schultz. The aircraft, known as AF-1, jettisoned an instrumented GBU-31 over the China Lake test…

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Spirit AeroSystems names general counsel

Posted  October 17, 2012

Spirit AeroSystems, Inc. announced Oct. 16 that Jon Lammers has joined the company as senior vice president, general counsel and secretary, reporting to Jeff Turner, president and CEO. Lammers brings more than 20 years of legal experience, including the last 15 years with Cargill, Incorporated. He served as Cargill’s Asia Pacific general counsel in Singapore…

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Airmen missing from Vietnam War identified

Posted  October 17, 2012

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced Oct. 17 that the remains of two airmen, missing in action from the Vietnam War, have been identified and will be buried, as a group, with full military honors. Col. Wendell Keller, of Fargo, N.D., and Capt. Virgil K. Meroney III, of Fayetteville, Ark., will be buried…

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Lockheed Martin receives contract for paveway II Plus Laser Guided Bomb kits

Posted  October 17, 2012

Lockheed Martin has received a $34.1 million contract from the U.S. Air Force for follow-on production of paveway II Plus Laser Guided Bomb GBU-10, GBU-12 and GBU-16 guidance kits. With this contract, Lockheed Martin received the majority share of a $56 million paveway II Plus LGB procurement. Production is expected to begin in early 2014….

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Air Force Association’s Los Angeles conference to offer insight to global role of U.S. Air Force

Posted  October 17, 2012

What is the foundational role space and cyber play in the nation’s defense? How can our capabilities help counter anti-access threats in peace, crisis and war? Amid a changing strategic environment and continually emerging operational requirements, what should the Air Force be focusing on in the global arena? Join the Air Force Association’s 2012 Global…

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