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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.

Air Force photograph by MSgt. J. Wilcox Defense

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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U.S. Marines fire Excalibur from record range in Afghanistan

Posted  June 11, 2012

The U.S. Marine Corps successfully fired two Raytheon Excalibur 155mm precision-guided artillery projectiles from a range of 36 kilometers (22.3 statute miles) in theater. These shots mark the longest distance the Excalibur round has been fired in combat since its fielding in 2007. “It is incredible to think about how this capability has evolved with…

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Boeing receives first international cybersecurity contract

Posted  June 11, 2012

Boeing announced June 11 that Sojitz Corporation, a global trading company headquartered in Tokyo, has entered into an agreement with Boeing’s Information Solutions division for advanced network assessment. The contract is Boeing’s first international cybersecurity agreement and highlights the company’s commitment to growing its cybersecurity business in Asia. The value of the contract is not…

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Cracks show in Turkey’s once dominant military

Posted  June 11, 2012

These are unsettled times for the Turkish military, once the nation’s arbiter. The civilian government gutted its political power, hundreds of retired and active-duty officers are in jail on coup plot charges – and now military dissenters are lobbying on Facebook and Twitter for better pay and benefits. The campaign on social media provides a…

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Northrop Grumman develops, demonstrates SmartNode pod

Posted  June 11, 2012

Northrop Grumman completed a series of test flights May 17 that demonstrated the transmission of imagery, video, voice and digital messages using a pod-based airborne communications system.

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Goodrich receives U.S. Army spares order to support UH-60 helo fleet

Posted  June 11, 2012

Goodrich Corporation has received an order from the U.S. Army to provide 80 spare health and usage management system electronic units for the Army’s UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters. The units will be produced by Goodrich’s Sensors and Integrated Systems business in Vergennes, Vt. Deliveries are expected to commence in early 2013. “It started as an…

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NASA announces 2012 Summer Of Innovation Mini-grants opportunity

Posted  June 11, 2012

NASA is accepting proposals until June 29 for the mini-grants component of the agency’s 2012 Summer of Innovation project. Proposals may be submitted through the National Space Grant Foundation for NASA-themed content in a variety of programs geared toward middle school students. The foundation is administering the grant program for NASA. Mini-grants are designed to…

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Army invests in technology that typically makes clocks work to increase helicopter transmission power

Posted  June 11, 2012

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory helped figure out 20 years ago a revolutionary way to increase transmission power in the Apache helicopter without increasing the transmission’s size…

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Air Force transfers last piece of former Lowry AFB back to community

Posted  June 11, 2012

The final 70 acres of the former Buckley Annex was given back to the Denver community during a final transfer ceremony June 1 at Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. Denver Mayor Michael Hancock said the old...

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Northrop Grumman completes design review for integrated air, missile defense battle command system

Posted  June 11, 2012

Northrop Grumman has successfully completed the Critical Design Review for the U.S. Army’s Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System. The CDR provided an in-depth assessment, by a government team of experts and managers, that the IBCS design is programmatically and technically realistic and attainable. The successful review determined the IBCS detailed design satisfies…

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U.S. Navy awards Raytheon $338 million for Tomahawk

Posted  June 11, 2012

TUCSON, Ariz. – The U.S. Navy awarded Raytheon a $338 million contract for the Tomahawk Block IV tactical cruise missile. The contract, which was announced by the Department of Defense June 7, includes replenishment of weapons used during Operation Odyssey Dawn and procurement for the government’s fiscal year 2012. “Tomahawk Block IV is important for…

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