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Northrop, Navy celebrate legacy of EA-6B Prowler

The U.S. Navy's venerable EA-6B Prowler tactical jamming aircraft, designed and built by Northrop Grumman, has been a fixture at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash., and in the nation's carrier-based strike forces since 1971.

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NORTHERN EDGE provides environment for testing new capabilities

With 18 experiments and initiatives undergoing field testing in Alaskan training ranges throughout Exercise Northern Edge 15, no other venue is as well suited for high-end operational testing.

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Ogden ALC completes test flight after F-35B STOVL mods

The Ogden Air Logistics Complex in Utah completed an F-35B functional check flight here June 18, 2015, after the first depot-level modifications were completed on two F-35B STOVLs for the Marine Corps.

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Fourth Lockheed Martin-built MUOS secure comm satellite shipped

Delivered by the U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin, the fourth Mobile User Objective System satellite arrived at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, yesterday prior to its expected August launch aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.

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AFTC needs to be ‘agile, ready, right’

The Air Force Test Center added a page to its three-year history June 18 when Maj. Gen. David A. Harris stepped into the role of commander. Gen. Ellen M. Pawlikowski, commander of Air Force Materiel Command, presided as the center transitioned to a new leader for the very first time.


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NASA-UCI study indicates loss of West Antarctic glaciers appears unstoppable

Posted  May 12, 2014

A new study by researchers at NASA and the University of California, Irvine, finds a rapidly melting section of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet appears to be in an irreversible state of decline, with nothing to stop the glaciers in this area from melting into the sea.

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ATK secures 300 Win. Magnum ammunition contract

Posted  May 12, 2014

ATK has announced it was awarded a Fixed Price Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity contract from the U.S. Army for the production of Mk248 Mod 0, 190-grain and Mk248 Mod 1, 220-grain 300 Win. Magnum (Win Mag) rifle ammunition. The Army has selected this ammunition for primary use in its M2010 Sniper rifle. The five-year 300 Win…

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New software assists with next generation of advanced aircraft

Posted  May 12, 2014

Courtesy graphic In the diagram, the first image is of a rotor fan surface geometry that was the result of the laser scan. The second image shows computational fluid dynamics mesh that was generated from the surface and then used to produce the CFD results. The third image shows a portion of the CFD flowfield…

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Marine Corps to review raid on law offices

Posted  May 12, 2014

Military criminal investigators raided Marine Corps defense counsel offices at Camp Pendleton, Calif., opening files during a 21/2-hour search and potentially compromising scores of cases, the attorney who oversees Marine defense lawyers in the region said May 9. Investigators raided the offices May 2 in search of a cellphone tied to a case being tried…

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Air Force official testifies on dangers of ‘space junk’

Posted  May 12, 2014

One congresswoman summed up the issue succinctly during a House Science, Space and Technology Committee hearing May 9: space junk is a growing problem. Lt. Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond, the commander of the 14th Air Force, Air Force Space Command and U.S. Strategic Command’s Joint Force Component Command for Space, testified at the hearing,…

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Apache-UAV teaming combines ‘best capabilities of man, machine’

Posted  May 12, 2014

Apache helicopters, teamed with Gray Eagle and Shadow unmanned aerial vehicles, are a winning combo, according to Col. Thomas von Eschenbach.

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Boeing, Embraer to open joint research center for sustainable aviation biofuel

Posted  May 12, 2014

Boeing and Embraer S.A. announced May 12 that they will open a joint research center to advance a sustainable aviation biofuel industry in Brazil. Under a memorandum of understanding, the two companies will perform joint biofuel research, as well as fund and coordinate research with Brazilian universities and other institutions. The research will focus on…

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DOD needs new base closure round, senior official says

Posted  May 12, 2014

The Defense Department is calling on Congress to authorize another round of base realignments and closures because of excess capacity that is cutting into funding for troop readiness and other higher priority needs, a senior DOD official said. We cannot afford to waste money on infrastructure that essentially taxes the war fighters for the readiness…

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NASA highlights 2014 National Small Business Week

Posted  May 12, 2014

NASA this week joins with President Obama, the Small Business Administration, and other federal agencies in recognizing all that our nationís small businesses have accomplished. NASA has a strong relationship with the small business community which is vital in assisting the agency in reaching its mission goals. National Small Business Week kicks off May 12….

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Army designing next-generation protective mask

Posted  May 12, 2014

Army illustration Army researchers envision a fan embedded within the mask’s filtration system that uses less power, is lighter and is far less bulky than conventional respirators. It’s hot. Humidity is near 100 percent, and you’re in full combat gear — including chemical-biological protection. Between your helmet and mask, your entire head is covered, leaving…

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