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NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover arrives at Martian mountain

NASA's Mars Curiosity rover has reached the Red Planet's Mount Sharp, a Mount-Rainier-size mountain at the center of the vast Gale Crater and the rover mission's long-term prime destination.

Air Force photograph by MSgt. J. Scott Wilcox Defense

Aerial target QF-16 takes to the sky

Air Force photograph by MSgt. J. Scott Wilcox The first unmanned QF-16 Viper struck down over the Gulf of Mexico Sept. 5, 2014, was part of a joint effort between the Test and Training Division at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and the 82nd Aerial Target Squadron at Tyndall AFB, Fla. The test was an…

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NASA’s Orion spacecraft nears completion, ready for fueling

NASA is making steady progress on its Orion spacecraft, completing several milestones this week at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida in preparation for the capsule's first trip to space in December.

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Annie Edwards, Utah Air National Guard Defense

DRAGON ‘fires up’ for flight

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Annie Edwards, Utah Air National Guard A NATO E-3A AWACS aircraft approaches a Utah Air National Guard KC-135R Stratotanker for air refueling during a training exercise over Germany in May 2014. The U.S. Air Force and NATO are undergoing a cooperative development effort – known as the DRAGON program –…

Air Force photograph by Ethan Wagner Defense

C-17 treads into new territory

As important as ailerons, rudders and elevators are to the fundamental movement of any aircraft in flight, its tires are equally important while moving on the ground.


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DOD officials explain sequestration dangers

Posted  July 17, 2012

Pentagon officials continue to work to avoid the looming threat of sequestration, Frank Kendall, the new undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, said July 16. Kendall spoke to Pentagon reporters in his office about sequestration, and the effect it would have on the department and the defense industrial base. Sequestration comes out of…

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Security officers’ union approves new labor agreement At Lockheed Martin’s Fort Worth plant

Posted  July 16, 2012

Members of the Security, Police and Fire Professionals of America union, including about 70 security officers at the...

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Democratic leader to GOP: Compromise to avert defense cut

Posted  July 16, 2012

The Senate’s Democratic leader insisted July 12 that if House Republicans desperately want to avert automatic cuts to the military, they have to compromise and make tax increases part of any solution. In a biting letter to the GOP members of the House Armed Services Committee, Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said he would like…

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FAA proposes fining Boeing $13.5 million

Posted  July 16, 2012

The Federal Aviation Administration July 13 proposed fining Boeing $13.5 million for failing to meet a deadline to provide airlines with instructions on how to prevent fuel tank explosions like the one that destroyed TWA Flight 800 off the coast of Long Island, N.Y., 16 years ago, killing all 230 people on board. The fine…

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Boeing demonstrates multi-location paint capability for Royal Australian Air Force

Posted  July 16, 2012

Boeing subsidiary Boeing Defence Australia (BDA) has delivered the first two of 65 repainted aircraft to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF)...

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News Briefs – July 16, 2012

Posted  July 16, 2012

State home for veterans gets federal designation Arizona’s second residential home for military veterans now is eligible for federal funding. Gov. Jan Brewer’s office says the Arizona State Veteran Home in Tucson received a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs designation after passing a three-day inspection. Brewer’s office says the federal designation of the Tucson facility…

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NASA selects Aerojet for Space Launch System advanced booster engineering demonstration/risk reduction negotiations

Posted  July 16, 2012

Aerojet, a GenCorp company, announced July 16 that it was one of a number of firms selected to develop engineering demonstrations and risk reduction concepts for NASA’s Space Launch System. Aerojet’s “Full-Scale Combustion Stability Demonstration” solution was geared at improving the affordability, reliability and performance of an advanced booster for SLS. This selection is expected…

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CSAF’s ‘fini flight’ a ride of remembrance

Posted  July 16, 2012

When Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz climbed aboard the MC-130E Combat Talon I at Hurlburt Field, Fla., July 12, for his last flight as an active duty officer, he immediately began to reminisce on his flying career with special operations and the C-130 Hercules community.

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NASA’s car-sized rover nears daring landing on Mars

Posted  July 16, 2012

NASA’s most advanced planetary rover is on a precise course for an early August landing beside a Martian mountain to begin two years of unprecedented scientific detective work. However, getting the Curiosity rover to the surface of Mars will not be easy. “The Curiosity landing is the hardest NASA mission ever attempted in the history…

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Raytheon to develop cyber maneuver technology for US Army

Posted  July 16, 2012

Raytheon has received a $3.1 million contract to develop technology for Morphing Network Assets to Restrict Adversarial Reconnaissance, a program that uses cyber maneuvering techniques to thwart potential attackers in high-threat environments. Cyber maneuver is the technique of dynamically modifying aspects and configurations of networks, hosts and applications in a manner that is undetectable and…

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