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Future USNS Fall River delivered

Navy photograph The joint high speed vessel USNS Fall River (JHSV 4) completes acceptance trials testing and evaluations in the Gulf of Mexico. The ship’s trials included dockside testing to clear the ship for sea and at-sea trials during which the Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey evaluated and demonstrated the performance of Fall River…

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NASA airborne campaigns focus on climate impacts in Arctic

University of Alaska-Fairbanks photograph by Chris Larsen Changes in more than 130 Alaskan glaciers are being surveyed by scientists at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks in a DHC-3 Otter as part of NASA’s multi-year Operation IceBridge Over the past few decades, average global temperatures have been on the rise, and this warming is happening two to…

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Future of NATO: Adapting to a new security environment

NATO’s supreme allied commander introduced new initiatives geared toward re-embracing its mission of collective defense.

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NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory finds planet that makes star act deceptively old

Image courtesy of NASA/CXC/M. Weiss A new study from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory shows that a giant exoplanet, WASP-18b, is making the star that it orbits very closely act much older than it actually is. This artist’s illustration depicts WASP-18b and its star, which are about 330 light years away. A planet may be causing…

Lockheed Martin photograph by Mike Wilhelm Business

Enhanced F-35 Lightning II logistics system delivered to flight test locations

Lockheed Martin has delivered the next evolution of the F-35 Lightning II’s information technology backbone, called the Autonomic Logistics Information System, to Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., and Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md.


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NASA astronaut Stephen K. Robinson leaves agency

Posted  July 3, 2012

NASA astronaut Stephen Robinson has left the space agency. Robinson ends his 36-year NASA career as a veteran of three spacewalks with more than 48 days of spaceflight experience. Robinson will become a professor at the University of California at Davis in the fall of 2012. His last day at NASA was June 30. Robinson…

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Defense

Review: Changes needed in Guard, Reserve pay

Posted  July 3, 2012

America’s citizen soldiers, who train in their hometowns for a weekend a month and two weeks a year, receive more money for one day of training at home than their fellow National Guard and Reserve members earn for a day serving in the war zone. Pentagon officials defended the pay discrepancy as incentive for National…

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Business

Lockheed Martin Skunk Works receives DARPA ALASA contract award

Posted  July 3, 2012

PALMDALE, Calif. – Lockheed Martin has been selected by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to receive a Phase I Airborne Launch Assist Space Access program study contract valued at about $6.2 million. The ALASA program is a research and development effort maturing technologies to maintain vital satellite capabilities during a crisis. “Our approach uses…

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Army ‘upcycles,’ reuses old gear for new technologies

Posted  July 3, 2012

Upcycling is not only "en vogue," it is also the right thing to do as Army researchers are championing reuse of drawn-down or demilitarized...

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NASA announces event for social media followers at RBSP launch

Posted  July 3, 2012

NASA invites its social media followers to a two-day NASA Social Aug. 22-23, at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida for the launch of NASA’s Radiation Belt Storm Probes mission. NASA Socials are in-person meetings with people who engage with the agency through Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and other social networks. This event is expected…

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Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force photograph by PO1 Takahiro Ito
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World’s largest international maritime exercise gets underway

Posted  July 3, 2012

Military leaders from 22 nations formally launched Rim of the Pacific Exercise 2012, July 2. RIMPAC is hosted biennially by U.S. Pacific Fleet in and around Hawaii. U.S. and international speakers at the...

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MAFFS-equipped C-130 crashes in South Dakota

Posted  July 2, 2012

At approximately 6 p.m., MDT, July 1, a Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System equipped C-130 aircraft supporting firefighting missions crashed in the southwest corner of South Dakota. The aircraft was supporting the efforts against the White Draw Fire. The cause of the crash is not known and the incident is under investigation. There are no…

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Business

Lockheed machinists OK new labor deal, end strike

Posted  July 2, 2012

Lockheed Martin machinists ended their 10-week strike June 28, approving a new labor deal that includes a $2,000 bonus and annual pay increases starting at 3 percent the first year. Members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers District Lodge 776 voted overwhelmingly to approve the four-year agreement, with 81 percent of nearly…

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News Briefs July 2, 2012

Posted  July 2, 2012

U.S. Supreme Court strikes down Stolen Valor law The U.S. Supreme Court has struck down a federal law making it a crime to lie about having received the Medal of Honor and other prized military awards. The court voted 6-3 June 28 in favor of Xavier Alvarez, a former local elected official in California who…

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A-10 first aircraft to use alcohol-based fuel

Posted  July 2, 2012

On June 28, the 40th Flight Test Squadron made history at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., flying the first aircraft to use a new fuel blend derived from alcohol.

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