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Improved Multiple Launch Rocket System tested at White Sands Missile Range

More than 100 artillery rockets were launched June 16 at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., or WSMR, to test an improved version of the M270A1 Multiple Launch Rocket System, or MLRS.

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AF Special Operations Command receives first AC-130J

The first AC-130J Ghostrider landed at Hurlburt Field, Fla., July 29, making it Air Force Special Operations Command’s first AC-130J.

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Lockheed Martin successfully tests design changes for Orion

Lockheed Martin engineers have successfully completed testing of design changes made to the NASA Orion spacecraft’s fairing separation system. These changes resulted from data collected during Orion’s first test flight Dec. 5, 2014.

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CH-46 ‘Phrog’ makes its last hop

It’s the last hop for the CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter commonly known as the “Phrog.”

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Surface-to-surface missile test for LCS successful

Engineering development tests of modified Longbow Hellfire missiles for use on littoral combat ships were successfully conducted in June the Navy reported July 30.


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Navy’s first joint high-speed vessel visits St. Petersburg

Posted  February 11, 2013

Military Sealift Command's first joint high-speed vessel, USNS Spearhead (JHSV 1), made its first port visit to the Port of St. Petersburg, Fla., Feb. 10.

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Same-sex couples can claim new benefits by October

Posted  February 11, 2013

Military members and retirees with same-sex partners will qualify for up to 24 new benefits under policy changes Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta announced Feb. 11. In a memo to the service chiefs outlining the new policy, Panetta noted the department has “essentially completed” repeal of the so-called “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law that barred…

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Panetta signs memo extending benefits to same-sex partners

Posted  February 11, 2013

Calling it “a matter of fundamental equity,” Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta Feb. 11 signed a memorandum to the service secretaries and the Pentagon’s top personnel official extending benefits to same-sex partners of service members. Here is the secretary’s announcement of the policy change: “Seventeen months ago, the United States military ended the policy of…

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Cannon debuts latest in moving target technology

Posted  February 11, 2013

Explosions shook the air as the white truck, almost invisible through the dust and smoke, weaved its way across a training range towing a target being shot at by 40mm rounds from aircraft patrolling the sky.

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NASA unveils Strategic Space Technology investment plan

Posted  February 11, 2013

NASA’s Strategic Space Technology Investment Plan has been posted to the agency’s website. The comprehensive strategic plan prioritizes space technologies essential to the pursuit of NASA’s mission and achievement of national goals. The NASA Strategic Space Technology Investment Plan was created following development of a series of agency draft Space Technology Roadmaps. After careful review…

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Allen passes NATO Security Assistance command to Dunford

Posted  February 11, 2013

U.S. and NATO leaders Feb. 10 congratulated Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen for a job well done as commander of the alliance’s International Security Assistance Force and praised Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. as the strategic leader needed for the next phase of the command. At a ceremony in Kabul, Afghanistan, Allen…

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Army vet receiving Medal of Honor for Afghan fight

Posted  February 11, 2013

President Barack Obama is awarding the Medal of Honor to an Army veteran for his courageous leadership during a daylong firefight in Afghanistan. Former SSgt. Clinton Romesha was recognized Feb. 11 at the White House for his actions during the 2009 attack on Combat Outpost Keating in the mountains near the Pakistan border. About 50…

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NASA Curiosity rover collects first Martian bedrock sample

Posted  February 11, 2013

NASA’s Curiosity rover has, for the first time, used a drill carried at the end of its robotic arm to bore into a flat, veiny rock on Mars and collect a sample from its interior. This is the first time any robot has drilled into a rock to collect a sample on Mars. The fresh…

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Lockheed Martin completes assembly, begins environmental testing of NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft

Posted  February 11, 2013

Lockheed Martin has completed the assembly of NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution spacecraft and is now undergoing environmental testing at the company’s Space Systems facilities near Denver, Colo.

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NASA’s refueling demonstration proves viability of satellite-servicing technologies

Posted  February 11, 2013

NASA has demonstrated robotic fluid transfer in space, an objective that will help inform the development of robotic technology to refuel satellites. The first-of-its-kind demonstration was performed during the Robotic Refueling Mission (RRM) aboard the International Space Station. “This achievement is a major step forward in servicing satellites,” said Frank Cepollina, associate director of the…

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