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Storm fails to quench liftoff of secret reconnaissance satellite

The fiery launch of an Atlas V (541), among the most powerful of the venerable Atlas family, briefly dispelled the gloom over Californiaís Central Coast on the evening of Dec. 12. A team of personnel from United Launch Alliance and the 30th Space Wing at Vandenberg Air Force Base completed the countdown sequence at 7:19…

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Navy demonstrates unmanned helicopter operations aboard Coast Guard cutter

http://static.dvidshub.net/media/video/1412/DOD_102145893/DOD_102145893-512×288-442k.mp4 Coast Guard photograph An MQ-8B Fire Scout UAS is tested off the Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf near Los Angeles, Dec. 5 2014. The Coast Guard Research and Development Center has been testing UAS platforms consistently for the last three years. The U.S. Navy completed an MQ-8B Fire Scout demonstration aboard U.S. Coast Guard Cutter…

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GPS III, OCX successfully demonstrate key satellite command, control capabilities

Lockheed Martin and Raytheon successfully completed the fourth of five planned launch and early orbit exercises to demonstrate new automation capabilities, information assurance and launch readiness of the worldís most powerful and accurate Global Positioning System, the U.S. Air Forceís next generation GPS III satellite and Operational Control System. Successful completion of Exercise 4 on…

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NASA analysis: 11 trillion gallons to replenish California drought losses

It will take about 11 trillion gallons of water - around 1.5 times the maximum volume of the largest U.S. reservoir - to recover from California's continuing drought, according to a new analysis of NASA satellite data.

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Governor Brown’s Military Council visits Aerospace Valley

Members of the Governor’s Military Council visited Edwards Air Force Base and Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, to learn a little more about the Antelope Valley’s defense industry and to get a closer look at some of America’s leading aerospace companies.


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Defense

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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World

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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