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Insitu demonstrates long endurance capabilities of Integrator unmanned aircraft

Insitu photograph Insitu’s Integrator unmanned aircraft recovers via SkyHook; the aircraft recently completed a 24-hour endurance flight. Insitu announced July 22 the successful 24-hour flight of its Integrator unmanned aircraft. The flight demonstrated Integrator’s expanded endurance at an increased gross take-off weight with payload on board. The event is the first of several planned milestones…

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Lockheed Martin selected for U.S. Air Force’s satellite hosted payload initiative

Lockheed Martin has been competitively selected for the U.S. Air Force’s Hosted Payload Solutions initiative, which is aimed at integrating some government payloads – electronics and sensors packages designed for specific missions – on commercial satellites.

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President awards Medal of Honor to former Army staff sergeant

Army photograph by Lisa Ferdinando President Barack Obama awards the Medal of Honor to former Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts at the White House, July 21, 2014. Pitts received the nation’s highest military honor for his actions on July 13, 2008, in Wanat, Afghanistan, with 2nd Platoon, Chosen Company, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment,…

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First aviation mechanic display added to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force honored the first aviation mechanic, Charles E. Taylor, by unveiling a bronze bust of his likeness for permanent display during a ceremony in the museum's Early Years Gallery July 21.

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Medal of Honor recipient Ryan Pitts inducted into Hall of Heroes

Former Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts was inducted into the Pentagon's Hall of Heroes yesterday, the day after receiving the Medal of Honor from President Barack Obama, for his bravery in combat at Vehicle Patrol Base Kahler, in Kunar Province, Afghanistan, July 13, 2008.


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Vietnam hero to receive Medal of Honor

Posted  February 28, 2014

The year was 1968. It was a year of war, of protests, of death.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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NASA selects stellar interns as student ambassadors

Posted  March 3, 2014

NASA has inducted 105 top-performing interns, representing 29 states and 67 universities, into its 2014 Student Ambassadors Virtual Community. The NASA Student Ambassadors Virtual Community is an online network designed to foster greater interaction and mentorship among outstanding interns of NASA higher education projects, thereby increasing student retention through the NASA educational pipeline and into…

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