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Triton has first cross-country flight from Palmdale

Northrop Grumman photograph The MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft System takes off from Northrop Grummanís Palmdale, Calif., facility Sept. 17 for its first cross-country flight to Naval Air Station Patuxent, River, Md. PALMDALE, Calif. – The Northrop Grumman-built Unmanned MQ-4C Triton (SDD-1) left its desert testing grounds Sept. 17 and flew to Naval Air Station Patuxent…

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Future of NATO: Adapting to a new security environment

NATO’s supreme allied commander introduced new initiatives geared toward re-embracing its mission of collective defense.

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AFRL commander describes Air Force’s technology vision

Air Force photograph by Scott M. Ash Maj. Gen. Thomas Masiello takes a question from an audience member after discussing Air Force Research Laboratory breakthrough technologies during the 2014 Air Force Association’s Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition, Sept. 16, 2014, in Washington D.C. Masiello is the commander of Air Force Research Laboratory. The…

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Lockheed Martin successfully mates NOAA GOES-R satellite modules

Lockheed Martin photograph Lockheed Martin successfully mated together the large system and propulsion modules of the first GOES-R series weather satellite at the companyís Space Systems facilities near Denver, Colo. A team of technicians and engineers at Lockheed Martin has successfully mated together the large system and propulsion modules of the first GOES-R series weather…

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NASA Mars spacecraft ready for Sept. 21 orbit insertion

NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution spacecraft is nearing its scheduled Sept. 21 insertion into Martian orbit after completing a 10-month interplanetary journey of 442 million miles.


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News Briefs May 16, 2012

Posted  May 16, 2012

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 1,843 As of May 15, 2012, at least 1,843 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. The AP count is eight less than the Defense Department’s tally. At least…

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Force changes in Europe to preserve strategic edge

Posted  May 16, 2012

With major force changes to unfold across Europe, including a drawdown of about 7,000 U.S. forces there, U.S. European Command remains committed to its mission of ensuring a ready force prepared to respond if called upon, officials said. About 80,000 military forces based in…

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DARPA awards BOLT program $7.1 million contract to SRI-led team

Posted  May 16, 2012

SRI International has been awarded a $7.1 million contract for Phase 1 of a five-year, $41.5 million Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency contract under DARPA’s Broad Operational Language Translation program. BOLT is an international research initiative to develop breakthrough language technologies. “Machine translation technology has made major progress over the past decade,” said Jing Zheng,…

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General Dynamics delivers powerful tactical network, radios for Army’s NIE 12.2 Exercise

Posted  May 16, 2012

In the largest deployment yet of the General Dynamics-developed JTRS HMS Manpack and Rifleman Radios and the Warfighter Information Network-Tactical network, the U.S. Army is now conducting realistic operational evaluations of the next generation of high-speed communications equipment developed for ground forces. WIN-T Increment 2 and the JTRS Manpack and Rifleman radios form the baseline…

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Remembering a hero

Posted  May 16, 2012

Rose Mary Sabo-Brown vividly remembers May 15, 1970, as the worst day of her life. It was the day she learned that her new husband, Spec. 4 Leslie H. Sabo Jr. of the 101st Airborne Division, wasn’t coming home from Vietnam.

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Lockheed Martin orbits 100th, 101st commercial geo satellites with successful launch

Posted  May 16, 2012

The 100th and 101st Lockheed Martin commercial geostationary communication satellites have been successfully placed in orbit May 15 after a dual launch aboard an Ariane 5-ECA launch vehicle from Kourou, French Guiana.

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X-47B gears up for summer milestones

Posted  May 16, 2012

Navy photograph by Greg Davis The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstrator performs taxi test in spring 2012 to validate the overall reliability of the system in preparation for its initial flight at Patuxent River, Md., this summer. In recent months, personnel at Naval Air Station Patuxent River…

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UAS procurement tops Air Force’s spending list

Posted  May 16, 2012

The unmanned aerial systems market accounted for $5.25 billion of the U.S. Department of Defense’s budget in 2010, with the Air Force emerging as the highest spender among all U.S. military services. Most of the $2.42 billion the Air Force has earmarked for UAS spending in 2012 is for the procurement of the MQ-9 Predator….

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Ball Aerospace submits solar electric propulsion concept to NASA

Posted  May 16, 2012

Ball Aerospace was one of five companies awarded up to $600,000 by NASA in September 2011, to formulate a mission concept to demonstrate the solar electric propulsion technologies, capabilities...

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Pentagon chief slams House panel for budget extras

Posted  May 16, 2012

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta slammed a House panel recently for adding billions of dollars to President Barack Obama’s defense budget, including money for a new East Coast missile defense site that the military says is unnecessary. Just hours after the House Armed Services Committee approved its $642 billion spending blueprint, Panetta and Army Gen. Martin…

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