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Improved Multiple Launch Rocket System tested at White Sands Missile Range

More than 100 artillery rockets were launched June 16 at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., or WSMR, to test an improved version of the M270A1 Multiple Launch Rocket System, or MLRS.

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AF Special Operations Command receives first AC-130J

The first AC-130J Ghostrider landed at Hurlburt Field, Fla., July 29, making it Air Force Special Operations Command’s first AC-130J.

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Lockheed Martin successfully tests design changes for Orion

Lockheed Martin engineers have successfully completed testing of design changes made to the NASA Orion spacecraft’s fairing separation system. These changes resulted from data collected during Orion’s first test flight Dec. 5, 2014.

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CH-46 ‘Phrog’ makes its last hop

It’s the last hop for the CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter commonly known as the “Phrog.”

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Surface-to-surface missile test for LCS successful

Engineering development tests of modified Longbow Hellfire missiles for use on littoral combat ships were successfully conducted in June the Navy reported July 30.


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Pilot calls F-35 big leap in fighter capability

Posted  December 10, 2012

The F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter jet will be a strategic deterrent for the nation because of its “huge leap in capability,” a Marine Corps pilot said. Lt. Col. Jeffrey Scott, commander of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wingís Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., recently told the Pentagon…

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Space launch vehicle core purchases balance needs with lower cost, competition

Posted  December 10, 2012

Purchasing core elements used to launch 28 rockets into space for National Security Space missions is the focus of negotiations between the Air Force and United Launch Alliance to establish a requirements contract, according to Defense Under Secretary Frank Kendall. The plan is to procure 36 Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle cores over a five-year period,…

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‘Fiscal Cliff’ would challenge Army to maintain readiness

Posted  December 10, 2012

Knowing there’s a possibility the government will go over a “fiscal cliff” on midnight, Dec. 31, the Army recognizes some of the challenges it will face, but a senior leader said Thursday its priority will be to maintain readiness of the force. Like its sister services, the Army faces repercussions and adjustments that would follow…

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VA weeks to expand list of service-connected TBI effects

Posted  December 10, 2012

The Veterans Affairs Department is publishing a proposed regulation in the Federal Register that would change its rules to add five diagnosable illnesses that are secondary to service-connected traumatic brain injury. “We must always decide veterans’ disability claims based on the best science available and we will,” Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki said. “Veterans…

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Army developing next-generation surveillance aircraft

Posted  December 10, 2012

Army scientists, engineers and program developers are making substantial progress building and integrating a technically sophisticated battlefield surveillance aircraft called Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System in a laboratory at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., service officials said. The initial task, now underway at Aberdeen’s Joint Test and Integration Facility, is aimed at engineering and…

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NASA’S Hubble to reveal new findings about the early universe

Posted  December 10, 2012

WASHINGTON — NASA will hold a media teleconference at 2 p.m. EST Wednesday, Dec. 12, to discuss the latest findings from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. Astronomers will report on recent observations of a previously unseen population of primitive galaxies that formed more than 13 billion years ago.   The teleconference panelists are:   — Richard…

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DOD prepares for potential sequestration

Posted  December 10, 2012

The Office of Management and Budget has instructed the Department of Defense to pursue internal planning to meet required budget cuts if sequestration goes into effect Jan. 3. “We are at the very start of this process,” said Dr. George Little, acting assistant secretary of defense for public affairs, during a Pentagon press availability here,…

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USS Truman hosts first flight deck taxiing of X-47B UCAS-D

Posted  December 10, 2012

Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) and personnel from the Navy Unmanned Combat Air System program office (PMA-268) integrated test team made history Dec. 9 as they taxied an X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator aircraft for the first time aboard a carrier. During the test phase, UCAS deck…

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Soldier KIA during Vietnam War identified

Posted  December 10, 2012

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced Dec, 6 that the remains of a serviceman, killed in action during the Vietnam War, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors. Army Capt. James M. Johnstone, of Baton Rouge, La., will be buried Dec. 12, in Arlington…

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NASA offers opportunities for students to talk to astronauts in space in 2013

Posted  December 10, 2012

NASA is offering opportunities for schools and educational groups to speak with astronauts aboard the International Space Station to learn about living and working in space. Crew members will be available for question and answer sessions in 2013. NASA offers two options for students to interact with astronauts — in-flight education downlinks and Amateur Radio…

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