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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 Raiderâ„¢ 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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U.S., Thai leaders move defense alliance into 21st century

Posted  November 16, 2012

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Thai Defense Minister Sukampol Suwannathat affirmed their nations’ long-term military partnership in Bangkok Nov. 15, updating a vision for the alliance whose most recent statement, in 1962, focused on fighting communism. Before attending the signing ceremony on the manicured grounds of the Ministry of Defense, Sukampol accompanied Panetta as…

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Patriot performs flawlessly in Japan test firings

Posted  November 16, 2012

The Japan Air Self-Defense Force continued its track record of successfully test firing Raytheon’s Patriot Air and Missile Defense System during its annual training exercise at McGregor Range, N.M. The exercise included target engagement and firings of Patriot in stressing tactical mission scenarios. “The results of this annual exercise speak to the operational readiness of…

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GOP senator outlines $68 billion in defense cuts

Posted  November 16, 2012

Defense spending could be slashed by $68 billion over 10 years if the military stopped spending millions on running grocery stores, operating its own schools and even developing a roll-up version of beef jerky, insists one of the Senate’s leading fiscal conservatives. In a new report, Republican Sen. Tom Coburn dubs the Pentagon the “Department…

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Boeing 737 MAX achieves ‘firm concept’

Posted  November 16, 2012

Boeing has finished defining in broad terms its newest single-aisle airplane, the 737 MAX, recently completing a major milestone in development known as ‘Firm Concept’. “The program has achieved this development milestone by defining the significant changes needed to deliver the performance we’ve committed to our customers,” said Beverly Wyse, vice president and general manager…

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Brewer attends Edwards Civ-Mil Support Group Meeting

Posted  November 16, 2012

Brig. Gen. Michael T. Brewer 412th Test Wing commander, attended the Nov. 8 meeting of the Edwards AFB Civilian-Military Support Group Board of Directors. This was a usual 7:30 a.m. Civ-Mil meeting, at which the volunteer civic group discussed its service projects in support of the base military, dependents, and civilian personnel. President Danny Bazzell…

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NASA’s great observatories find candidate for most distant galaxy

Posted  November 16, 2012

By combining the power of NASA’s Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes and one of nature’s own natural “zoom lenses” in space, astronomers have set a new record for finding the most distant galaxy seen in the universe. The farthest galaxy appears as a diminutive blob that is only a tiny fraction of the size of…

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New Briefs – November 14, 2012

Posted  November 14, 2012

Administration deciding on post-2014 troop levels Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says the Obama administration is nearing a decision in the next few weeks on how many U.S. troops will remain in Afghanistan – and for what purposes – after the U.S.-led combat mission ends in 2014. Panetta tells reporters aboard his plane en route from…

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Lockheed Martin acquires Chandler/May, Inc.

Posted  November 14, 2012

Lockheed Martin announced Nov. 13 the acquisition of Chandler/May, Inc., a company that specializes in the design, development, integration, manufacturing, and support of fully integrated mission critical systems for unmanned aerial systems and command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance missions. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed and are not material to Lockheed Martin’s…

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Honeywell provides cost-saving logistics support for U.S. Air Force F-15 fleet

Posted  November 14, 2012

Honeywell has been awarded a contract modification from the U.S. Air Force to provide depot maintenance support for the F-15’s secondary power system. Work will be performed under Public-Private Partnership with the Hill Air Force Base Depot Workforce in Utah through January 2020. “We’re focused on ensuring the ongoing operational readiness of the Air Force…

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Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne to further develop high-concentration solar technology

Posted  November 14, 2012

CANOGA PARK, Calif. – The Environmental Security Technology Certification Program office of the Department of Defense has awarded Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne approximately $2.3 million to design and develop a 200-kilowatt high-concentration photovoltaic solar-power field on one acre at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. The project is designed to demonstrate the high-performance and cost-effectiveness of…

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