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F-35 Rollout Marks U.S.-Australia Partnership Milestone

Lockheed Martin photograph by Beth Groom Royal Australian Air Force Air Marshal Geoff Brown delivers his remarks at the roll out ceremony for Australia’s first F-35. The official rollout of the first two F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter aircraft for the Royal Australian Air Force is a milestone in the U.S.-Australia partnership, the undersecretary…

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NASA’s Mars spacecraft maneuvers to prepare for close comet flyby

NASA is taking steps to protect its Mars orbiters, while preserving opportunities to gather valuable scientific data, as Comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring heads toward a close flyby of Mars Oct. 19.

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U.S. Forces display military might at Farnborough

Air Force photograph by A1C Erin O’Shea Capt. Tom Meyers discusses the F-15E Strike Eagle’s capabilities with spectators July 17, 2014, at the Farnborough International Airshow in England. Public access was granted for spectators to ask questions and observe the aircraft up-close with pilots and aircrew members. Meyers is a 494th Fighter Squadron F-15E instructor…

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Lockheed Martin’s unmanned cargo helicopter team returns from deployment

After lifting more than 4.5 million pounds of cargo and conducting thousands of delivery missions for the U.S. Marine Corps, the Lockheed Martin and Kaman Aerospace Corporation K-MAX cargo unmanned aircraft system has returned to the United States following a nearly three-year deployment in Afghanistan. In 2011, K-MAX became the first unmanned helicopter to deliver…

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Sun sets on Red Flag 14-3

Air Force photograph by A1C Thomas Spangler The sun sets behind a row of F-16 Fighting Falcons during Red Flag 14-3, July 16, 2014, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Red Flag provides a series of intense air-to-air combat scenarios for aircrew and ground personnel, which will in turn increase their combat readiness and effectiveness…


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NASA’s Webb telescope flight backplane section completed

Posted  April 24, 2012

The center section of the backplane structure that will fly on NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has been completed, marking an important milestone in the telescope’s hardware development. The backplane will support the telescope’s beryllium mirrors, instruments, thermal control systems and…

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U.S., Afghanistan reach deal on strategic pact

Posted  April 24, 2012

The United States and Afghanistan reached a deal April 22 on a long-delayed strategic partnership agreement that ensures Americans will provide military and financial support to the Afghan people for at least a decade beyond 2014, the deadline for most foreign forces to withdraw. The pact is key to the U.S. exit strategy in Afghanistan…

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Northrop Grumman missile defense system receives DOD recognition

Posted  April 24, 2012

The Department of Defense and the Association for Enterprise Information have selected Northrop Grumman as the industry winner of the DoD Enterprise Architecture Achievement Award. The Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System, developed by Northrop Grumman under the direction of the U.S. Army IAMD Project Office, Program Executive Office for Missiles and Space…

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NASA’s Spitzer finds galaxy with split personality

Posted  April 24, 2012

While some galaxies are rotund and others are slender disks like our spiral Milky Way, new observations from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope show that the Sombrero galaxy is both. The galaxy, which is a round, elliptical with a thin disk embedded inside, is one of the first known to exhibit characteristics of the two different…

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F-35A completes first in-flight refueling mission with external weapons

Posted  April 24, 2012

April 21, a Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II conventional takeoff and landing aircraft completed the program’s first in-flight refueling mission while configured with external weapons at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. U.S. Air Force…

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Vietnam hosts naval exchange with U.S. Navy

Posted  April 24, 2012

Vietnam kicked off a weeklong naval exchange April 23 with the U.S. Navy amid percolating tensions in the South China Sea with China. Three ships from the U.S. 7th Fleet visited Danang during the five-day event that began Monday. No live-fire drills were planned, but the two sides were expected to practice salvage and disaster…

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Dempsey, NATO defense chiefs gather for conference

Posted  April 24, 2012

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff will meet with his NATO counterparts and the defense chiefs of partner nations in a two-day conference that begins April 25 at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. The chairman arrived here from Afghanistan today for the third stop in an overseas trip that began with a visit…

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Report: VA failing to provide timely mental care

Posted  April 24, 2012

Federal investigators reported April 23 that nearly half of the veterans who seek mental health care for the first time waited about 50 days before receiving a full evaluation, a much longer lag-time than cited by the Department of Veterans Affairs. The VA has been saying that 95 percent of new patients seeking mental health…

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Lockheed Martin receives $79 million contract for development of new GMLRS variant

Posted  April 24, 2012

Lockheed Martin has received a $79.4 million contract from the U.S. Department of Defense to develop a new variant of the Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System that incorporates a new warhead. Under the terms of the contract, the GMLRS Alternative Warhead Engineering and Manufacturing Development Program will run 36 months, and will focus on system…

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Northrop Grumman, ATK complete first flight hardware for Webb telescope backplane

Posted  April 24, 2012

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – Northrop Grumman and its teammate ATK have completed the construction of the center section of the primary mirror backplane support structure for NASA’s James Webb Space…

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