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F-35 fleet surpasses 15,000 flying hours

The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II fleet recently surpassed 15,000 flight hours, marking a major milestone for the program.

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NASA Cassini images may reveal birth of new Saturn moon

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has documented the formation of a small icy object within the rings of Saturn that may be a new moon, and may also provide clues to the formation of the planet’s known moons. Images taken with Cassini’s narrow angle camera on April 15, 2013 show disturbances at the very edge of Saturn’s…

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NASA’s Kepler telescope discovers first Earth-size planet in ‘habitable zone’

Using NASA's Kepler Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered the first Earth-size planet orbiting a star in the "habitable zone" - the range of distance from a star where liquid water might pool on the surface of an orbiting planet.

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DARPA Tactical Technology Office invites innovative risk-takers to attend 2014 Office-Wide Proposers Day

DARPAs Tactical Technology Office invests in innovative platforms, weapons, integrated systems and critical systems components that often incorporate emerging advanced technologies, all designed to preserve and extend decisive advantages for the U.S. military. Constantly evolving technologies, shifting warfighter mission requirements and limited budgets, however, mean TTO must always seek new ways to leverage innovation while…

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Northrop Grumman dedicates Aircraft Integration Center of Excellence in Florida

Northrop Grumman dedicated its new Aircraft Integration Center of Excellence in St. Augustine, Fla., April 17, which builds upon the company's 34-year legacy of operations there.


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Westphal looks ahead to Army of 2020

Posted  June 21, 2012

Change, or rather, adaptation, is coming. Much of it is forced by budget cuts: The Army’s fiscal year 2013 budget request calls for about $18 billion less than fiscal year 2012, with additional cuts coming over...

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Bunch assumes command of AFFTC

Posted  June 21, 2012

Team Edwards filled Hangar 1600 to witness the historic passing of the Air Force Flight Test Center guideon from one commander to another during a change of command ceremony June 19.

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DOD, VA partner to help prevent suicide

Posted  June 21, 2012

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki said his agency is working with the Defense Department to end veteran homelessness and to identify possible contributors to service member and veteran suicide. On the first day of the June 20-22 Annual DOD/VA Suicide Prevention Conference in Washington, D.C., Shinseki – a retired Army general, former Army chief…

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Review panel urges changes in combat, incentive pays

Posted  June 21, 2012

The 11th Quadrennial Review of Military Compensation recommends changes to combat pay and changes to special and incentive pays while saying current military pay rates are about right. Tom Bush, the study’s director, said the review also recommended further study of compensation of wounded warriors and their caregivers, for survivors, and making compensation for reserve-component…

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First asymmetric weapons load test for F-35B

Posted  June 21, 2012

On June 14, F-35B Joint Strike Fighter test aircraft BF-2 completed the first test flight for the short takeoff and vertical landing variant with an...

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Seventh MC-130J Delivered to Cannon

Posted  June 21, 2012

Lockheed Martin delivered its seventh MC-130J Commando II to Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., June 20. Aircraft 5695 is the seventh of 11 MC-130Js to be assigned to the 522nd Special Operations Squadron. The squadron uses the Commando II on missions such as in-flight refueling, infiltration/exfiltration...

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Boeing successfully completes key reviews of space launch system

Posted  June 21, 2012

Boeing last week successfully completed its first major technical reviews for the cryogenic stages of the Space Launch System, bringing the team into the design phase for the nation’s next heavy-lift, human-rated rocket. The combined System Requirements Review and System Definition Review, held at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., with independent consultants…

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Nolan set to retire

Posted  June 21, 2012

Brig. Gen. Robert C. Nolan II, Air Force Flight Test Center commander, addresses a packed Alliance Ballroom in Club Muroc at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., June12 during his retirement luncheon. Nolan will leave the Air Force after a 33-year career. The general was presented with a shadow box with a flag and medals by…

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USS Long Beach to be auctioned as scrap metal July 10

Posted  June 21, 2012

In support of one of the largest green and zero-waste initiatives in U.S. government history, the USS Long Beach, commissioned as the first nuclear-powered guided-missile cruiser, is being auctioned for her scrap metal components through Government Liquidation, the exclusive sales channel...

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DOD supports job, homeowner proposals for military, veterans

Posted  June 21, 2012

The Defense Department supports legislative proposals that would provide increased career support and homeowner protections to military members and veterans, a senior defense official told Congress June 21. “Taking care of our military before, during and after their service to our country is one of the Department of Defense’s highest priorities,” Frederick E. Vollrath, who…

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