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F-35B successfully completes wet runway, crosswind testing

In an important program milestone enabling U.S. Marines Corps Initial Operational Capability certification, the Lockheed Martin F-35B recently completed required wet runway and crosswind testing at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.

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Engineers developing safer, more accurate tracer round

Engineers at Picatinny Arsenal are researching a way to develop a new type of tracer round that not only would perform its function during the day as well as night, but also improve shooter accuracy and keep soldiers safer by reducing their visual signature.

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Katherine Lott awarded NASA Armstrong employee scholarship

The NASA Armstrong Employee Exchange Council has presented its 2014 Joseph R. Vensel Memorial Scholarship Award to Katherine Lott.

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NASA selects instruments to track climate impact on vegetation

NASA has selected proposals for two new instruments that will observe changes in global vegetation from the International Space Station. The sensors will give scientists new ways to see how forests and ecosystems are affected by changes in climate or land use change.

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Tyndall AFB takes F-22 pilot training to next level

The Air Force’s ability to continue developing a fifth generation fighter aircraft fleet ready to meet the challenges of future warfare, hinges in large part, on a steady influx of capable and trained F-22 Raptor pilots.


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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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