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NASA offers space tech grants to early career university faculty

NASA photograph by Brian Tietz Tensegrity research is able to simulate multiple forms of locomotion. In this image, a prototype tensegrity robot reproduces forward crawling motion. NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate is seeking proposals from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of outstanding early-career faculty members who are beginning independent research careers. The grants will sponsor…

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USS Fort Worth conducts CUES with Chinese Navy

The littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) practiced the Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea (CUES) with the People's Liberation Army-Navy Jiangkai II frigate Hengshui (FFG 572) Feb. 23 enhancing the professional maritime relationship between U.S. 7th Fleet and the PLA(N).

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Air Force Research Labís handheld imaging tool expands aircraft inspection capability

Sensor Concepts Inc. photograph An operator demonstrates the portability of the handheld imaging tool. The technology provides maintainers the ability to evaluate aircraft in the field to ensure mission-readiness. When pilots climb into the cockpit they expect their aircraft to perform as advertised, regardless if take off is from a home base or deployed location….

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Missile Defense System performs successful flight test

MDA photograph Three short-range ballistic missile targets are launched from NASAís Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, Va., in support of Flight Test Other-19 on Feb. 24, 2015. The Missile Defense Agency and sailors aboard the USS Carney, USS Gonzalez, and USS Barry successfully completed a flight test involving the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense weapon system,…

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Female soldier successfully completes 2nd pre-Ranger course

A female first lieutenant from Fort Carson, Colo., who flies Apache helicopters, successfully completed all course requirements of the second gender-integrated Ranger Training Assessment Course, or RTAC, which ended this week.


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Boeing system could bring precision to laser weapons

Posted  February 18, 2015

Boeing has been awarded a $29.5 million contract to design and develop a beam control system that could provide exceptional accuracy for laser weapons on U.S. Navy warships. Boeing will begin to design a prototype High Power Beam Control Subsystem thatís compatible with High Energy Lasers based on solid-state laser technology. Boeingís solution will be…

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Headlines February 13, 2015

Posted  February 13, 2015

News: Twenty-two Marines hurt in California training accident – Nearly two dozen Marines were treated for exposure to a fire retardant gas Feb. 12 after an extinguishing system accidently went off in an assault vehicle during a training exercise, but there were no serious injuries, officials said. Senate approves Ashton Carter as new SecDef in 93-5…

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News Briefs February 13, 2015

Posted  February 13, 2015

Military jet crashes in southern Russia, two crewmen missing A Russian military jet crashed Feb. 11 while trying to land in southern Russia and the fate of its two crewmembers is unknown, the Defense Ministry said. The ministry said the Su-24 bomber went down as it was approaching its base in the southern Volgograd region…

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A-10s provide close air support for Green Flag exercise

Posted  February 13, 2015

Air Force photograph by A1C Mikaley Towle Crew chiefs assigned to the 355th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., perform pre-flight inspections on an A-10 Thunderbolt II during Green Flag-West 15-03 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Jan. 26, 2015. Pre-flight inspections are done before each flight to help ensure pilot safety. Members…

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Red Flag 15-1 comes to an end

Posted  February 13, 2015

After 19 days of combat training exercises involving the air, ground, space and cyber operations of the United States and its allies, Red Flag 15-1 concluded here Feb. 13.

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Services aim to standardize air, missile defense networks

Posted  February 13, 2015

Missile Defense Agency photograph Efforts are underway to better integrate missile systems across the Defense Department. Across the globe, a variety of air and missile defense threats are evolving and proliferating. At the same time, adversaries are exploiting weaknesses in America’s air and missile defense system, said Brig. Gen. Christopher L. Spillman, commandant of the…

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British reserve squadron celebrates 100 years

Posted  February 13, 2015

For a squadron with heraldry dating as far back as 1915 and being stationed out of multiple foreign locations during World Wars I and II, the Royal Air Force 17 (Reserve) Squadron recently celebrated their centenary Feb. 9, 2015.

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Air Force chief: Force modernization not optional

Posted  February 13, 2015

It is imperative to modernize the Air Force despite difficult budgeting choices that will have to be made, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III said Feb. 12 in Orlando, Fla. Speaking during the Air Force Association Air Warfare Symposium and Technology Exposition, the general discussed the need for force modernization. We…

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SpaceX launches observatory on third try, nixes landing test

Posted  February 13, 2015

SpaceX launched an observatory inspired by former Vice President Al Gore toward a solar-storm lookout point a million miles away Feb. 11.

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Leaders discuss Combat Air Forces future at symposium

Posted  February 13, 2015

Four senior Air Force leaders gathered in Orlando, Fla., Feb. 12, to discuss the key issues facing the nation’s Combat Air Forces. Gen. Hawk Carlisle, the commander of Air Combat Command, joined Gen. Frank Gorenc, the commander of U.S Air Forces Europe-Air Forces Africa; Gen. Lori Robinson, the commander of Pacific Air Forces; and Lt….

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