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Russian aircraft flies near U.S. Navy ship in Black Sea

Navy photograph by Seamn Edward Guttierrez III Sailors man the rails as the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook arrives at Naval Station Rota, Spain, Feb. 11, 2014. Donald Cook is the first of four Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers to be stationed in Rota. A Russian attack aircraft repeatedly flew near the USS Donald…

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NASA’s Orion Spacecraft powers through first integrated system testing

NASA's Orion spacecraft has proven its mettle in a test designed to determine the spacecraft's readiness for its first flight test - Exploration Flight Test-1 - later this year. EFT-1 will send the spacecraft more than 3,600 miles from Earth and return it safely.

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Navy to christen future USS Zumwalt, new class of destroyer

The Navy will christen the future USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) April 12, during a ceremony at General Dynamics-Bath Iron Works shipyard in Bath, Maine. The lead ship and class are named in honor of former Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Admiral Elmo R. “Bud” Zumwalt Jr., who served as the 19th CNO from 1970-1974. Secretary…

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Future USS America delivered

Navy photograph by PO1 Lewis Hunsaker More than 900 Sailors and Marines assigned to the amphibious assault ship Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) America (LHA 6) march to the ship to take custody of it. The U.S. Navy officially accepted delivery of the amphibious assault ship from Huntington Ingalls Industries during a custody transfer ceremony in Pascagoula,…

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Installation of backup oxygen system in F-22 combat fleet continues

The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center’s F-22 Division is on-track to complete installation of the Automatic Back-up Oxygen System, or ABOS, in the Air Force’s F-22 Raptor combat fleet by December 2014. In January 2012, following a series of incidents in which a number of F-22 pilots experienced physiological symptoms in flight, the Air…


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News Briefs May 16, 2012

Posted  May 16, 2012

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 1,843 As of May 15, 2012, at least 1,843 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. The AP count is eight less than the Defense Department’s tally. At least…

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Force changes in Europe to preserve strategic edge

Posted  May 16, 2012

With major force changes to unfold across Europe, including a drawdown of about 7,000 U.S. forces there, U.S. European Command remains committed to its mission of ensuring a ready force prepared to respond if called upon, officials said. About 80,000 military forces based in…

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DARPA awards BOLT program $7.1 million contract to SRI-led team

Posted  May 16, 2012

SRI International has been awarded a $7.1 million contract for Phase 1 of a five-year, $41.5 million Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency contract under DARPA’s Broad Operational Language Translation program. BOLT is an international research initiative to develop breakthrough language technologies. “Machine translation technology has made major progress over the past decade,” said Jing Zheng,…

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General Dynamics delivers powerful tactical network, radios for Army’s NIE 12.2 Exercise

Posted  May 16, 2012

In the largest deployment yet of the General Dynamics-developed JTRS HMS Manpack and Rifleman Radios and the Warfighter Information Network-Tactical network, the U.S. Army is now conducting realistic operational evaluations of the next generation of high-speed communications equipment developed for ground forces. WIN-T Increment 2 and the JTRS Manpack and Rifleman radios form the baseline…

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Remembering a hero

Posted  May 16, 2012

Rose Mary Sabo-Brown vividly remembers May 15, 1970, as the worst day of her life. It was the day she learned that her new husband, Spec. 4 Leslie H. Sabo Jr. of the 101st Airborne Division, wasn’t coming home from Vietnam.

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Lockheed Martin orbits 100th, 101st commercial geo satellites with successful launch

Posted  May 16, 2012

The 100th and 101st Lockheed Martin commercial geostationary communication satellites have been successfully placed in orbit May 15 after a dual launch aboard an Ariane 5-ECA launch vehicle from Kourou, French Guiana.

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X-47B gears up for summer milestones

Posted  May 16, 2012

Navy photograph by Greg Davis The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstrator performs taxi test in spring 2012 to validate the overall reliability of the system in preparation for its initial flight at Patuxent River, Md., this summer. In recent months, personnel at Naval Air Station Patuxent River…

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UAS procurement tops Air Force’s spending list

Posted  May 16, 2012

The unmanned aerial systems market accounted for $5.25 billion of the U.S. Department of Defense’s budget in 2010, with the Air Force emerging as the highest spender among all U.S. military services. Most of the $2.42 billion the Air Force has earmarked for UAS spending in 2012 is for the procurement of the MQ-9 Predator….

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Ball Aerospace submits solar electric propulsion concept to NASA

Posted  May 16, 2012

Ball Aerospace was one of five companies awarded up to $600,000 by NASA in September 2011, to formulate a mission concept to demonstrate the solar electric propulsion technologies, capabilities...

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Pentagon chief slams House panel for budget extras

Posted  May 16, 2012

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta slammed a House panel recently for adding billions of dollars to President Barack Obama’s defense budget, including money for a new East Coast missile defense site that the military says is unnecessary. Just hours after the House Armed Services Committee approved its $642 billion spending blueprint, Panetta and Army Gen. Martin…

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