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Lockheed Martin successfully tests design changes for Orion spacecraft’s fairing separation system

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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NASA’s Spitzer confirms closest rocky exoplanet

Using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, astronomers have confirmed the discovery of the nearest rocky planet outside our solar system, larger than Earth and a potential gold mine of science data.

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New interrogation system installed on AWACS, more in pipeline

Out with the old, in with the new, at least that's the case for the existing interrogation system found on E-3 Sentry AWACS.


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Headlines – February 7, 2014

Posted  February 7, 2014

News: Defense spending after 2015: It’s anyone’s guess – The powers-that-be must soon make a decision on how to cut military spending before sequestration returns in 2016.  Yeager in Sacramento court as part of lawsuit – Retired Air Force Brigadier Gen. Chuck Yeager could have thought of a few other things he’d rather be doing Feb. 4,…

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News Briefs February 7, 2014

Posted  February 7, 2014

Ultra-Orthodox Jews protest pending Israeli draft Israeli police say thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews are blocking highways across the country to protest plans to enlist them in the military. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says the simultaneous demonstrations Feb. 6 have caused large traffic jams. He says the demonstrators are clashing with police, who are dispersing them…

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Boeing delivers first Peace Eagle aircraft to Turkish armed forces

Posted  February 10, 2014

Boeing is helping Turkey improve its self-defense capabilities with the recent delivery of the first Peace Eagle Airborne Early Warning and Control aircraft. The Turkish Armed Forces now has advanced airborne surveillance and battle management capabilities, and can simultaneously track airborne and maritime targets, with the first of four AEW&C aircraft it has received from…

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POW receives medal seven decades later

Posted  February 10, 2014

For a former U.S. Army Air Force veteran, a seven-decade long wait ended when Col. James C. Hodges, the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst and 87th Air Base Wing commander, presented the former prisoner of war the POW Medal for services during World War II, Jan. 27, 2014

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NAVAIR charts a new course in virtual worlds

Posted  February 10, 2014

Courtesy Photo NAVAIR Leadership Development Program participants meet in a 3-D virtual world to chat about current leadership topics. NAVAIR uses virtual world technology in a variety of ways to increase collaboration and learning. Imagine engineers, program managers, shipyards, Sailors and Marines designing aircraft, analyzing parts, creating new tactics, training and models all together in…

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Unmanned QF-4 crashes near Holloman

Posted  February 10, 2014

An unmanned QF-4 Aerial Target assigned to the 82nd Aerial Target Squadron, Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., crashed Feb. 7. The crash site is located inside the White Sands National Monument, which was closed in advance of the test mission. The cause of the crash is unknown at this time, and the incident is under investigation….

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Raytheon’s Excalibur Ib demonstrates production maturity and effectiveness in milestone test event

Posted  February 10, 2014

The U.S. Army and Raytheon successfully fired 30 GPS-guided Excalibur Ib projectiles during an extensive First Article Test series at Yuma Proving Ground, Ariz. This test series validated performance and reliability of the Excalibur Ib production configuration, and moves the program toward full-rate production. “Excalibur gives the warfighter a pinpoint precision tool to eliminate enemy…

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Balance key to fiscal 2015 budget reductions, Hagel says

Posted  February 10, 2014

Balance is the key to handling budget reductions for the next fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Feb. 7. Hagel has to cut $41 billion from the presidentís planned fiscal 2015 budget request, scheduled to be released March 4, and Pentagon planners are working with the White House and the…

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New AC-130J completes first test flight

Posted  February 10, 2014

After more than a year of modification maintenance, the newly created AC-130J Ghostrider took to the sky for the first time as a gunship at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Jan. 31.

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News Briefs February 10, 2014

Posted  February 10, 2014

Nellis airman jailed in Vegas child abuse case A Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., airman is being held in Las Vegas after he was accused of causing severe head and body injuries to his 3-month-old son. Records show 31-year-old Andrew Leach remained Saturday at the Clark County jail pending a preliminary hearing Feb. 20 on…

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