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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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General Dynamics awarded $250 million contract to support U.S. Navy’s air, missile defense radar program

Posted  February 26, 2014

General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems was awarded a contract from Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems in January 2014 to support the engineering and manufacturing development of the U.S. Navy’s next-generation integrated Air and Missile Defense Radar. Under the contract, General Dynamics will support Raytheon as they build, integrate and test an open, highly scalable and energy…

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Vuzix wins SBIR Phase II award from the Office of Naval Research

Posted  February 26, 2014

Vuzix Corporation, a leading supplier of Video Eyewear and Smart Glasses products in the consumer, commercial and entertainment markets announced Feb. 26 that it had been awarded the remaining ~$75,000 Phase I Option and a ~$680,000 Phase II, Small Business Innovation Research award from the Office of Naval Research.

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News Briefs February 26, 2014

Posted  February 26, 2014

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,174 As of Feb. 25, at least 2,174 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,795 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result of hostile action,…

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Headlines – February 26, 2014

Posted  February 26, 2014

News: President Obama pressures Afghanistan leader Karzai on security deal - Signaling his frustration with events in Afghanistan, President Obama ordered the Pentagon on Tuesday to step up plans to withdraw all U.S. troops by January if Afghan leaders don’t sign a bilateral security agreement.   DOD war budget submission up in the air - The Pentagon’s 2015…

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Hagel Talks with troops about 2015 Defense Budget request

Posted  February 28, 2014

Glenn Fawcett, DoDDefense Secretary Chuck Hagel chats with two Army drill sergeants during his visit to Fort Eustis, Va., Tuesday. Hagel, who also visited nearby Langley Air Force Base, is on a three-day trip during which he will participate in NATO meetings for defense ministers in Brussels. ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT — In spotless aircraft…

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Lockheed Martin breaks ground on new cruise missile annex in Alabama

Posted  February 28, 2014

Lockheed Martin broke ground Feb. 27 for its Pike County Operations Long Range Strike Systems cruise missile production annex in Troy, Ala. The planned 62,000 square-foot annex will expand the existing 92,000-square-foot manufacturing facility where the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM) is produced. The facility also produced test missiles for the Long Range Anti-Ship Missile…

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Raytheon, U.S. Navy test Tomahawk Block IV’s latest communications upgrades

Posted  February 28, 2014

Raytheon and the U.S. Navy have successfully tested communications advancements to the Tomahawk Block IV cruise missile. During a Feb. 19 flight test, a Raytheon-built Tomahawk Block IV missile, launched from the USS Sterett, flew a preprogrammed route while receiving updates from a simulated maritime operations center and from advanced off-board sensors updating the missile’s…

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DOD enacts faster, more agile technology acquisitions process

Posted  February 28, 2014

Information technology programs represent a considerable portion of all acquisition programs within the Defense Department, the assistant secretary of defense for acquisition said Feb. 26. In fiscal year 2010, the National Defense Authorization Act directed that DOD develop and implement new acquisitions processes for IT systems, Katrina G. McFarland said during a hearing of the…

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NASA Commercial Crew Partners complete space system milestones

Posted  February 28, 2014

NASA’s aerospace industry partners continue to meet milestones under agreements with the agency’s Commercial Crew Program (CCP), as they move forward in their development of spacecraft and rockets that will transport humans to destinations in low-Earth orbit. Blue Origin, Boeing Space Exploration, Sierra Nevada Corporation and SpaceX each are developing unique transportation systems, and each…

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Northrop Grumman Australia completes acquisition of Qantas Defence Services

Posted  February 28, 2014

Northrop Grumman Australia Pty Limited, a subsidiary of Northrop Grumman, has completed the acquisition of Qantas Defence Services Pty Limited, now called Northrop Grumman Integrated Defence Services Pty Limited, a provider of integrated logistics, sustainment and modernization support primarily to Australian government and military customers. IDS operates as a part of Northrop Grumman Australia and…

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