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Laser-based aircraft countermeasure provides ‘unlimited rounds’ against MANPADS

The Army expects later this year to reach a Milestone B decision with its laser-based common infrared countermeasures, or CIRCM, defense system program.

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E-9A Widget, one of a kind

The mission of the Air Force is like a highly complex machine. Each piece of the machine is vital to it operating successfully. The E-9A Widget is a very small, yet highly important piece to that machine.

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Orion parachute testing conducted at AEDC NFAC facility

Arnold Engineering Development Complex engineers at the National Full Scale Aerodynamics Complex assisted in recent testing of sub-scale parachutes for the next mission of the Orion spacecraft, Exploration Mission-1.

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Northrop Grumman delivers center/aft ‘shipset’ for first international EA-18G Growler

Northrop Grumman has completed and delivered to The Boeing Company a major subassembly of the first of 12 EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft ordered by the Royal Australian Air Force.

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Navy conducts production acceptance test of Tomahawk missile

The Navy's Tactical Tomahawk missile underwent a successful production acceptance test March 19 using functional ground test capability at Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division's Large Rocket Motor Test Facility in Indian Head, Md.


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Defense Department rescinds direct combat exclusion rule

Posted  January 25, 2013

Navy photograph by Smn. Heather M. Paape Chief Engineman Patricia Cooper, a student in the Riverine Combat Skills course, patrols the training grounds during a field training exercise in Camp Lejeune, N.C. This class is the first RCS training group composed of Coastal Riverine Force (CORIVFOR) Sailors and the first to incorporate women into the…

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Air Force to open remaining combat positions to women

Posted  January 25, 2013

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey announced Jan. 24 the rescission the 1994 Direct Ground Combat Definition and Assignment Rule for women and that the Department of Defense plans to remove gender-based barriers to service. “Women have shown great courage and sacrifice on and off…

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Raytheon fourth quarter net income falls 14 percent on flat sales

Posted  January 25, 2013

Raytheon said Jan. 24 that its fourth-quarter net income fell 14 percent, hurt by lackluster sales, but it issued a better-than-expected profit prediction for the full year. The Waltham, Mass.,-based defense contractor earned $469 million, or $1.42 per share, down from $543 million, or $1.57 per share, in the same quarter a year ago. Excluding…

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Headlines: January 23, 2013

Posted  January 23, 2013

International MoD unveils third round of Army job cuts  The [British] Ministry of Defence has announced a third round of Army redundancies. Up to 5,300 job losses were outlined by the government. These are part of cuts already announced to reduce Army numbers from 102,000 to 82,000 by 2017. British Army to fire another 5,300…

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News Briefs – January 23, 2013

Posted  January 23, 2013

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,044 As of Jan. 22, 2012, at least 2,044 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 1,705 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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Chief of Naval Operations expands Brazil partnership

Posted  January 23, 2013

Navy photograph by POC Julianne Metzger Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert, left, and Commander of the Brazilian Navy Adm. Julio Soares de Moura Neto sign memorandums of understanding to continue the Military Personnel Exchange Program, which allows for Brazilian and U.S. officers to swap jobs and learn defense practices from the host country….

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New vision and mission to guide AFMC

Posted  January 23, 2013

New vision and mission statements are at the foundation of a new command strategy designed to ensure Air Force Materiel Command continues to deliver preeminent support to the war fighter. The command’s vision is “one team, delivering capabilities to fly, fight and win …today and tomorrow.” AFMC will strive to attain that vision by accomplishing…

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Army freezes hiring, cuts base ops, reduces training

Posted  January 23, 2013

Army photograph by C. Todd Lopez In advance of possible extreme budget cuts that could arrive in March, Army leadership has called for an immediate hiring freeze and spelled out other pre-emptive measures meant to help the service prepare for a fiscal cliff. In advance of possible extreme budget cuts that could arrive in March,…

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First, second ladies vow to continue ‘Joining Forces’

Posted  January 23, 2013

Pentagon Channel still photograph First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, vow in an interview with The Pentagon Chanel in Washington, D.C., Jan. 19, to continue the Joining Forces initiative during the next four years with a goal of creating a national culture of appreciation and support. Lauding…

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U.S. Army awards $12 million contract for AeroVironment Wasp AE small UAS on behalf of U.S. Marine Corps

Posted  January 23, 2013

AeroVironment, Inc. announced Jan. 23 that NAVAIRís Program Office for Navy & Marine Corps Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems, working collaboratively with the U.S. Armyís Counter-IED Program Office, awarded a contract Sept. 21, 2012, for AeroVironment WaspÆ AE small unmanned aircraft systems, initial spares packages, training services and one year of contractor logistics support. The…

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