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Smart-mortar will help Soldiers more effectively hit targets

The Army hopes the 120mm Guided Enhanced Fragmentation Mortar further improves soldiers' ability to put artillery on target.

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NASA’s WISE spacecraft discovers most luminous galaxy in universe

A remote galaxy shining with the light of more than 300 trillion suns has been discovered using data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer.

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Sikorsky S-97 Raider helicopter achieves successful first flight

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a United Technologies Corp. subsidiary, announced May 22 the successful first flight of the S-97 Raider™ helicopter, a rigid coaxial rotor prototype designed to demonstrate a game-changing combination of maneuverability, hover ability, range, speed, endurance and survivability.

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Critical NASA research returns to Earth aboard U.S. SpaceX Dragon spacecraft

SpaceX's Dragon cargo spacecraft splashed down in the Pacific Ocean at 12:42 p.m., EDT, May 21 with almost 3,100 pounds of NASA cargo from the International Space Station, including research on how spaceflight and microgravity affect the aging process and bone health.

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Soldiers participate during Flags In at Arlington Cemetery

After a long, unseasonably cold and wet day of conducting burial services, about 1,000 Old Guard soldiers made their way across the soggy hills and flats that make up Arlington National Cemetery, Va., to place miniature flags in front of each grave marker, May 21.


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Lockheed Martin-led team studying feasibility of linking MDA, U.S. Army battle management systems

Posted  June 27, 2014

The Missile Defense National Team is conducting a feasibility study on connecting the Missile Defense Agency’s integrated command and control system with the U.S. Army’s Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System.  The team, which is led by Lockheed Martin, consists of Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Boeing, Raytheon, General Dynamics and other companies. This…

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Air Force awards new combat rescue helicopter contract

Posted  June 27, 2014

The Air Force awarded a $1.28 billion contract for the initial engineering and manufacturing development phase of the new combat rescue helicopter to Sikorsky Aircraft Company on June 26. The contract also includes procurement of the first four of the program’s planned 112 aircraft. “Over the last 10 years, the Air Force has discussed upgrading…

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News Briefs June 27, 2014

Posted  June 27, 2014

U.S. to disband anti-terror force in Philippines American and Filipino officials say the U.S. is disbanding an anti-terror task force composed of hundreds of elite military forces after more than a decade of helping fight al Qaeda-linked militants in the southern Philippines. Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin said June 26 that the Philippines has been notified…

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Headlines June 27, 2014

Posted  June 27, 2014

News: Pentagon assigns two-star general to oversee assessment in Iraq, a sign of task’s sensitivity – The U.S. military named a two-star general to head up the teams that have been sent to Iraq to determine what U.S. military assistance might help halt the advance of radical Islamist insurgents who’ve seized control of much of the…

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Veterans spend a day at the shooting range

Posted  June 30, 2014

Resident veterans from the William J. “Pete” Knight Veterans Home in Lancaster, Calif., participated in what has become the third annual target shoot event at the Mojave Elks Trap & Skeet Range, June 24.

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Retired NASA F-18 back on display at Lancaster baseball stadium

Posted  June 30, 2014

NASA photograph by Tom Tschida Looking like it’s ready to take flight once again, retired NASA F/A-18A No. 842 is back on exhibit in front of “The Hangar,” the Lancaster Municipal Stadium that is home to the Lancaster JetHawks California League baseball team. After a six-month absence, the retired NASA F/A-18A Hornet aircraft that served…

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Small Diameter Bomb II nears end of development phase

Posted  June 30, 2014

Raytheon and the U.S. Air Force concluded a series of flight tests for the Small Diameter Bomb II culminating in direct hits on stationary land targets. The successful tests further position the SDB II program to move from engineering, manufacturing, development phase to low rate initial production. Using upgraded hardware and electronics during extended periods…

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Towed glider benefits from center’s new 3-D printer capability

Posted  June 30, 2014

Robert "Red" Jensen of NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center's Subscale Aircraft Research Laboratory, had an engineering problem....

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VA announces $5 million in grants to aid homeless veterans with special needs

Posted  June 30, 2014

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced June 26 that it is making renewed funding available to 25 organizations in 11 states that provide transitional housing and supportive services to homeless Veterans with special needs. The Grant and Per Diem Program Special Need Grants – totaling $5 million to grantees – will allow the organizations to…

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CAP Squadron 84 visited by Dick Rutan

Posted  June 30, 2014

Edwards AFB Civil Air Patrol Composite Squadron 84 Cadets were visited by famous aviator Dick Rutan at their weekly meeting June 24.

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