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Boeing, Embraer to collaborate on ecoDemonstrator technology tests

Boeing and Embraer S.A. announced June 30 that they intend to collaborate to test environment-focused technologies through the ecoDemonstrator Program in a joint effort to improve aviation's environmental performance.

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Tactical reconnaissance vehicle project eyes hoverbike for defense

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory, or ARL, has been exploring the tactical reconnaissance vehicle, or TRV, concept for nearly nine months and is evaluating the hoverbike technology as a way to get Soldiers away from ground threats by giving them a 3-D capability. The Army is interested in this disruptive technology because it has the…

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Upgraded AWACS platform tested at Northern Edge

Calmly soaring at 30,000 feet in the midst of nearly 100 fighters, bombers and refueling tankers executing a battle scenario, an E-3G Sentry (AWACS) surveys every aircraft in a 300-mile radius, calling out commands, verifying target hits and sending aircraft back home safely.

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5,000 days of war

It’s been 5,000 days of struggle, rugged landscapes, blood and sweat. It’s been 5,000 days of exhaustion, injuries, and long separations from family, friends and home.

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Navy’s new aircraft launch system tested on future carrier CVN 78

With the successful launch of the first test sled from the starboard bow catapult, Naval Air Systems Command continued to make history June 16 with the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System aboard the future USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78).


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Military balance requires closures, realignments

Posted  February 6, 2012

The Defense Department needs another round of base realignments and closures if the military is to retain its balance, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Feb. 1. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey told the Reserve Officers Association that as the military cuts $487 billion over the next 10 years, infrastructure must change…

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NATO ministers agree Afghan transition on track

Posted  February 6, 2012

NATO defense ministers meeting in Brussels all agreed on a clear message: as the transition to Afghan security lead proceeds, the process “reflects what Lisbon was all about,” Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said Feb. 2. Panetta was referring to the way forward in Afghanistan as agreed upon by President Barack Obama and NATO’s other…

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DOD begins prorating imminent danger pay

Posted  February 6, 2012

Service members now will receive imminent danger pay only for days they actually spend in hazardous areas, Pentagon officials said Feb. 2. The change, which took effect Feb. 1, was included in the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, which President Barack Obama signed into law Dec. 31. “Members will see the prorated amount in their…

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Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley (standing upper left) speaks with civic leaders representing communities from across the U.S. during a conference Jan. 31, 2012, at Joint Base Andrews, Md. Hosted by Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz, the civic leaders attended briefings at the Pentagon and at JB Andrews. The group also will visit Joint Base Eustis-Langley in Norfolk, Va., for a look at Air Combat Command.
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Air Force hosts national civic leader conference

Posted  February 6, 2012

Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz met with prominent civic leaders from 32 states and Guam at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Jan. 31. Schwartz began the Air Force Chief of Staff Civic Leader Program’s annual winter conference by discussing the hard…

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Panetta calls for Europe, NATO defense investment

Posted  February 7, 2012

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta Feb. 4 called for European nations to match the United States’ vote of confidence in the transatlantic partnership, through investment in common defense and commitment to a long-term solution in Afghanistan. Panetta and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton spoke before some 10 heads of state and 40 foreign or…

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Al-Shabab, al Qaeda: Linkup of groups in decline?

Posted  February 20, 2012

Al Qaeda’s decision to formally extend its terror franchise to what once was a nationalist movement in Somalia may only be a desperate joining of hands to prop up two militant groups that are both losing popular support and facing increasingly deadly military attacks, analysts said Feb. 10. Somalia’s main militant group, al-Shabab, and al…

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NASA events, Future Forum mark 5 years of Americans in orbit

Posted  February 20, 2012

Feb. 20 marks the 50th anniversary of the day in 1962 when U.S. Sen. John Glenn piloted his Friendship 7 spacecraft on the first U.S. orbital. In the next two weeks, NASA Television will broadcast a series of live events and special programming to commemorate 50 years of Americans in orbit, including the premiere of…

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British test pilot marks milestone in the Joint Combat Aircraft

Posted  February 24, 2012

People on this side of the Atlantic Ocean tend to look twice when they see the “c” replacing the “s” in the British version of the word “defense.” Now, those on the other side of the Atlantic might look twice when they see the “c” entered into the Royal Air Force’s flight log. On Feb….

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Mob Museum a “hit”!

Posted  February 29, 2012

Unless you’ve been in a coma or visiting Mars over the past few weeks, haven’t read a newspaper or turned on a TV or radio, you know the Mob Museum – officially, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement – is now open for business. Rather poetically, it opened Valentines Day, Feb. 14th,…

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Letters from Hollywood show support to military

Posted  February 29, 2012

Cuba Gooding Jr. His films include “Men of Honor,” “Radio,” “American Gangster,” and “Red Tails.” He won an Oscar for his performance in “Jerry Maguire.” To my men and women warriors who put their lives on the line every day so that our glorious nation stays free and true, I say simply, thank you! Not…

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