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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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Northrop Grumman’s common imagery processor deploys to support Global Hawk Block 40

Posted  February 21, 2014

Northrop Grumman’s Common Imagery Processor has taken another important step in supporting the Global Hawk Block 40 Unmanned Aircraft System by deploying to Grand Forks Air Force Base in Grand Forks, N. D., last year. To address an urgent outstanding U.S. Air Force requirement for Global Hawk sensor operators to be able to view and…

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Lockheed Martin demonstrates JAGM dual-mode guidance section in recent flight test

Posted  February 21, 2014

Lockheed Martin recently demonstrated the Joint Air-to-Ground Missile dual-mode guidance section engaging a laser-designated moving target during an internally funded flight test at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The flight test, which was part of Lockheed Martin’s internal research and development program, is an important risk reduction milestone critical to Lockheed Martin’s performance on the…

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Keel authenticated for 11th littoral combat ship, the future Sioux City

Posted  February 21, 2014

Lockheed Martin photograph Mary Winnefeld, center left, wife of Adm. James Winnefeld Jr., the vice chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff, watches as her initials are welded into the keel of the future littoral combat ship USS Sioux City. The Navy and Lockheed Martin, with Marinette Marine Corp., held a keel laying ceremony Feb. 19…

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Lockheed Martin receives $92 million U.S. Army Apache targeting, pilotage system sustainment contract

Posted  February 21, 2014

Lockheed Martin received a $92 million Performance Based Logistics contract in December 2013 from the U.S. Army for sustainment of the AH-64 Apache helicopter Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) system.  The firm, fixed-price contract is the foundation for a comprehensive sustainment solution that enables M-TADS/PNVS mission readiness, reduces operation and support…

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AFTC’s King Hangar investigation report released

Posted  February 21, 2014

Results of an Air Force Test Center commander directed investigation report on the fire suppression system incident that occurred last month at King Hangar, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., were released Feb. 18. The unintended activation of the fire suppression system at approximately noon Jan. 8 resulted in the death of a civilian contractor, while…

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News Briefs February 21, 2014

Posted  February 21, 2014

Philippine military chief: China claims nonsense The Philippine military chief has said Chinese territorial claims in the South China Sea are nonsense an dhas vowed to defend fishermen if they face intimidation by Beijings naval forces. The comments Feb. 20 by Gen. Emmanuel Baustita in an interview with The Associated Press are the latest in…

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Headlines – February 21, 2014

Posted  February 21, 2014

News: Troops left to fend for themselves after Army was warned of flaws in rifle - Army Senior Warrant Officer Russton B. Kramer, a 20-year Green Beret, has learned that if you want to improve your chances to survive, it’s best to personally make modifications to the Army’s primary rifle — the M4 carbine.  Lawsuit brings…

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Hagel proposes big cuts in Army in 2015 budget

Posted  February 24, 2014

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Feb. 24 proposed shrinking the Army to its smallest size in 74 years, closing military bases and making other military-wide savings as part of a broad reshaping after more than a decade of war. Hagel outlined his vision in a speech at the Pentagon, a week before President Barack Obama is…

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Boeing machinists union in St. Louis approve contract extension

Posted  February 24, 2014

Members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers District 837 have approved a long-term contract extension intended to better position Boeing to compete for work that’s critical to its St. Louis site’s future. The company’s contract with the more than 2,300 represented workers now expires in July, 2022. It was to have expired…

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Shyu outlines strategy for modernization at AUSA

Posted  February 24, 2014

To prepare the Army for tomorrow, the seeds must be planted today, according to Heidi Shyu, assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology. “We’re navigating a very challenging period for our Army – the drawdown forces are occurring during a period of dramatic fiscal constraint and budget pressure,” Shyu said. “We’re leveraging…

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