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Laser-based aircraft countermeasure provides ‘unlimited rounds’ against MANPADS

The Army expects later this year to reach a Milestone B decision with its laser-based common infrared countermeasures, or CIRCM, defense system program.

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E-9A Widget, one of a kind

The mission of the Air Force is like a highly complex machine. Each piece of the machine is vital to it operating successfully. The E-9A Widget is a very small, yet highly important piece to that machine.

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Orion parachute testing conducted at AEDC NFAC facility

Arnold Engineering Development Complex engineers at the National Full Scale Aerodynamics Complex assisted in recent testing of sub-scale parachutes for the next mission of the Orion spacecraft, Exploration Mission-1.

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Northrop Grumman delivers center/aft ‘shipset’ for first international EA-18G Growler

Northrop Grumman has completed and delivered to The Boeing Company a major subassembly of the first of 12 EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft ordered by the Royal Australian Air Force.

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Navy conducts production acceptance test of Tomahawk missile

The Navy's Tactical Tomahawk missile underwent a successful production acceptance test March 19 using functional ground test capability at Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division's Large Rocket Motor Test Facility in Indian Head, Md.


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Marines conclude testing of Navy-developed unmanned ground systems

Posted  August 9, 2012

More than 150 U.S. Marines joined Navy civilian engineers to test and develop new methods of keeping warfighters away from improvised explosive devices with unmanned systems like the one displayed here....

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Retirement, appointment ceremonies to honor new, outgoing AF chiefs of staff

Posted  August 9, 2012

A retirement ceremony honoring Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz takes place Aug. 10 at Joint Base Andrews, Md....

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Navy awards General Dynamics $16 million for nuclear sub services

Posted  August 9, 2012

The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $16.3 million contract to perform nuclear-maintenance work for submarines homeported at the Naval Submarine Base in Groton. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics. Under the contract, Electric Boat will continue to operate the Nuclear Regional Maintenance Department at the submarine base….

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2nd Bomb Wing delegation visits Russia

Posted  August 9, 2012

A delegation of five people from the 2nd Bomb Wing, Barksdale Air Force Base, La., visited Engels Air Base in Saratov, Russia, last month on a goodwill mission with a dual purpose....

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Navy begins construction on next amphibious assault ship

Posted  August 9, 2012

Huntington Ingalls Industries started fabrication of the eleventh LPD 17 San Antonio class ship, LPD 27, Aug. 6, following the Navy award of the detail design and construction contract July 27. The LPD 17 San Antonio-class ships are designed to functionally replace more than 41 ships (the LPD 4, LSD 36, LKA 113 and LST…

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First flight test successful for Army’s Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle air vehicle

Posted  August 9, 2012

For more than 90 minutes a hybrid air vehicle known as the Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle stayed afloat above Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. The LEMV, like a blimp, is capable of carrying multiple intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance payloads for more than 21 days at altitudes greater than 22,000 feet....

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NASA selects small spacecraft technology demonstration missions

Posted  August 9, 2012

NASA has chosen three teams to advance the state of the art for small spacecraft in the areas of communications, formation flying and docking systems. The cutting-edge space technology flights are expected to take place in 2014 and 2015. All selected missions will employ nanosatellites conforming to the CubeSat standard. CubeSats are composed of four-inch,…

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Vets gather at Arlington to mark 70th anniversary of Guadalcanal

Posted  August 9, 2012

Seventy years after the Aug. 7, 1942, start to what would be a brutal, six-month-long battle over an island in the South Pacific, veterans of Guadalcanal gathered at Arlington National Cemetery....

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Laser revolutionizes sheet metal cutting at Army Depot

Posted  August 9, 2012

Gone are the days of hunching over a pristine sheet of metal meticulously drilling holes and patterns by hand.....

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Company once known as Blackwater settles arms case

Posted  August 9, 2012

The international security contractor formerly known as Blackwater has agreed to pay a $7.5 million fine to settle federal criminal charges related to arms smuggling and other crimes. Documents unsealed Aug. 7 in a U.S. District Court in North Carolina said the company, now called Academi LLC, agreed to pay the fine as part of…

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