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F-35B successfully completes wet runway, crosswind testing

In an important program milestone enabling U.S. Marines Corps Initial Operational Capability certification, the Lockheed Martin F-35B recently completed required wet runway and crosswind testing at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.

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Engineers developing safer, more accurate tracer round

Engineers at Picatinny Arsenal are researching a way to develop a new type of tracer round that not only would perform its function during the day as well as night, but also improve shooter accuracy and keep soldiers safer by reducing their visual signature.

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Katherine Lott awarded NASA Armstrong employee scholarship

The NASA Armstrong Employee Exchange Council has presented its 2014 Joseph R. Vensel Memorial Scholarship Award to Katherine Lott.

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NASA selects instruments to track climate impact on vegetation

NASA has selected proposals for two new instruments that will observe changes in global vegetation from the International Space Station. The sensors will give scientists new ways to see how forests and ecosystems are affected by changes in climate or land use change.

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Tyndall AFB takes F-22 pilot training to next level

The Air Force’s ability to continue developing a fifth generation fighter aircraft fleet ready to meet the challenges of future warfare, hinges in large part, on a steady influx of capable and trained F-22 Raptor pilots.


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Defense

Soldiers begin command post training for NIE 13.1

Posted  August 13, 2012

Soldiers from 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division, began honing their skills at the Mission Training Center the first week in August, in preparation for the upcoming Network Integration Evaluation 13.1...

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News Briefs – August 13, 2012

Posted  August 13, 2012

Northrop Grumman to cut 35 jobs in Colorado Northrop Grumman says it expects to lay off 35 employees in Lafayette, Colo., Sept. 4, when it ends its internal service desk operations there. The Daily Camera reports the Falls Church, Va.,-based security and defense firm told Colorado officials of its plans in a notice in June….

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New DIA director expects intensified demands for intelligence

Posted  August 13, 2012

The new director of the Defense Intelligence Agency is approaching his dream job with eyes wide open, valuing people over technology and expecting a future that holds more intense demands for intelligence. Army Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn became DIA director July 24, as well as commander of the collocated joint functional component command for…

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Veterans

California sues major veterans charity

Posted  August 13, 2012

California’s attorney general has sued a major veterans charity on allegations that its directors misused millions of dollars in private donations for hefty pensions and other perks, including more than $80,000 in golf memberships for its board members. Help Hospitalized Veterans of Winchester ranks among the nation’s top 1 percent of charities for the amount…

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Tech

Division West soldiers test new technology to defeat IEDs

Posted  August 13, 2012

Military combat engineers and civilian technical experts gathered here recently to conduct a series of experiments aimed at providing soldiers with new technology in the counter-improvised explosive device fight.

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Space

Ball Aerospace incorporates enhanced data communication for JPSS-1 satellite

Posted  August 13, 2012

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. will incorporate essential data communication enhancements for the Joint Polar Satellite System, currently under development for an early 2017 launch.

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Business

Army certifies soldiers ready to defend battlespace against missiles, swarming boats with JLENS

Posted  August 13, 2012

Combatant commanders have moved one step closer to being able to detect, track and engage threats such as swarming boats and incoming cruise missiles, around the clock, from hundreds of miles away. In June 2012, the first class of U.S. Army soldiers completed mission operator training on the Raytheon JLENS elevated, persistent over-the-horizon sensor system….

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Defense

High readiness key to deter North Korean threats

Posted  August 13, 2012

Maintaining a high state of military readiness is imperative to deterring North Korean threats in the region, the 8th U.S. Army's deputy...

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NASA Curiosity Mars rover installing smarts for driving

Posted  August 13, 2012

NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity spent its first weekend on Mars transitioning to software better suited for tasks ahead, such as driving and using its strong robotic arm. The rover’s “brain transplant,” occurred during a series of steps Aug. 10 through Aug. 13, installed a new version of software on both of the rover’s redundant main…

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Health & Safety

Bill would expand fertility coverage for veterans

Posted  August 13, 2012

The roadside bomb that exploded outside Andrew Robinson’s Humvee in Iraq six years ago broke the Marine staff sergeant’s neck and left him with collapsed lungs – and without use of his legs. It also cast doubt on his ability to father a child, a gnawing emotional wound for a then-23-year-old who envisioned starting a…

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