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Smart-mortar will help Soldiers more effectively hit targets

The Army hopes the 120mm Guided Enhanced Fragmentation Mortar further improves soldiers' ability to put artillery on target.

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NASA’s WISE spacecraft discovers most luminous galaxy in universe

A remote galaxy shining with the light of more than 300 trillion suns has been discovered using data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer.

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Sikorsky S-97 Raider helicopter achieves successful first flight

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a United Technologies Corp. subsidiary, announced May 22 the successful first flight of the S-97 Raider™ helicopter, a rigid coaxial rotor prototype designed to demonstrate a game-changing combination of maneuverability, hover ability, range, speed, endurance and survivability.

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Critical NASA research returns to Earth aboard U.S. SpaceX Dragon spacecraft

SpaceX's Dragon cargo spacecraft splashed down in the Pacific Ocean at 12:42 p.m., EDT, May 21 with almost 3,100 pounds of NASA cargo from the International Space Station, including research on how spaceflight and microgravity affect the aging process and bone health.

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Soldiers participate during Flags In at Arlington Cemetery

After a long, unseasonably cold and wet day of conducting burial services, about 1,000 Old Guard soldiers made their way across the soggy hills and flats that make up Arlington National Cemetery, Va., to place miniature flags in front of each grave marker, May 21.


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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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Official gives Congress details on fatal helo attack

Posted  February 28, 2014

Two and a half years after 30 Americans were killed in what stands as the deadliest day for U.S. forces in the Afghanistan war, a top Defense Department official told Congress Feb. 27 no evasive action could have been taken that would have prevented Taliban insurgents from being able to fire at close range on…

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NASA, JAXA launch new satellite to measure global rain, snow

Posted  February 28, 2014

NASA photograph by Bill Ingalls A Japanese H-IIA rocket with the NASA-Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Global Precipitation Measurement Core Observatory onboard, is seen launching from the Tanegashima Space Center in Tanegashima, Japan. The Global Precipitation Measurement Core Observatory, a joint Earth-observing mission between NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, thundered into space at 1:37…

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Raytheon receives $185 million contract modification on JPSS Common Ground System

Posted  February 28, 2014

Raytheon has received a $185 million modification from NASA on its current Joint Polar Satellite System Common Ground System contract, which is intended to increase the capability and capacity of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s three satellites that support the JPSS mission through 2022. JPSS is a polar-orbiting environmental satellite system and a collaborative program…

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SecAF discusses Air Force future, budget during defense summit

Posted  February 28, 2014

Defense industry leaders and analysts received an insight into the proposed Air Force transformation and a preview of the Fiscal Year 2015 Air Force budget during the Bloomberg Government Defense Transformation Spending and Strategy Summit Feb. 26. Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James said the Air Force, like the rest of the Department…

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Serco awarded $13 million Marine training systems support contract

Posted  February 28, 2014

Serco Inc., a provider of professional, technology, and management services, has announced the award of a new contract to provide training support to the US Marine Corps. The Marine Air Ground Task Force Training Systems Support contract has a one-year base period and one six-month option period valued at nearly $18 million, if the option…

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Headlines – February 28, 2014

Posted  February 28, 2014

News: Expanded veterans benefits bill fails over GOP’s budget-busting objections – Democrats’ plans to expand education and health benefits for veterans died in the Senate Feb. 27 after Republicans blocked the bill for not having a funding source and thus busting the budget all sides agreed to just two months ago.   Business: Rolls-Royce unveils engine…

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News Briefs February 28, 2014

Posted  February 28, 2014

Hagel: troop withdrawal could prose problems U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says withdrawing all U.S. military advisers from Afghanistan after the combat mission ends in December would risk an ìerosion of confidence among Afghan security forces. Hagel made the comment at a news conference in Brussels after a NATO defense ministers meeting at which the…

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Will Sgt. Bergdahl be left behind in Afghanistan?

Posted  March 3, 2014

The case of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, held by the Taliban since 2009, has arisen again as the U.S. and other countries engage in diplomatic efforts to free him. But if he is released, will America’s only prisoner of the Afghan war be viewed as a hero or a deserter? While tattered yellow ribbons still…

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Raytheon awarded $35 million minehunting sonar contract

Posted  March 3, 2014

Navy photograph The Remote Minehunting System and an AN/AQS-20 minehunting sonar (attached underneath) are brought aboard the littoral combat ship USS Independence (LCS 2). Raytheon has been awarded $35.5 million to provide the U.S. Navy with AN/AQS-20A minehunting sonar systems and equipment. The system leverages advanced sonar technologies to support the Navy’s critical minehunting missions,…

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