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President announces Hagelís resignation as defense secretary

Courtesy photograph Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel shakes hands with President Barack Obama at the White House Nov. 24. The president announced that Hagel would resign his position as defense secretary. Praising Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s class and integrity, President Barack Obama announced Nov. 24 at the White House that Hagel will leave his post. The…

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SEWIP block upgrade program evaluated for LCS

The Navy is evaluating a scaled-down version of the Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program system for potential incorporation on future Littoral Combat Ships

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XCOR Aerospace announces latest milestone in ULA program

XCOR Aerospace photograph by Mike Massee The XCOR-ULA XR-5H25 LOX-Hydrogen Rocket Engine, fed by XCOR’s proprietary rocket propellant piston pump technology. MOJAVE, Calif. XCOR Aerospace announced Nov. 20 it has completed the latest test series for the liquid hydrogen engine it is developing for United Launch Alliance. This is an important milestone in the long-running…

Army photograph by SSgt. Luisito Brooks Veterans

Medal of Honor recipient from Korean War laid to rest in Arlington

Decades after he was killed protecting his unit from the enemy, Medal of Honor recipient Pvt. Miguel A. Vera of the Korean War was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

Air Force photograph by SrA. Divine Cox Defense

Kunsan AB hosts Exercise Max Thunder 14-2

Air Force photograph by SrA. Divine Cox A South Korean air force F-15 Strike Eagle lands Nov. 17, 2014, during Max Thunder 14-2 at Kunsan Air Base, South Korea. U.S. Air Force, Army, Marine Corps and Navy personnel and aircraft are training alongside South Korean air forces in the semi-annual, bilateral training event, which is…


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Improvements continue in joint DOD, VA program

Posted  May 24, 2012

Progress continues on a streamlined system to improve care for ill and injured service members and veterans, senior Defense Department and Veterans Affairs officials told Capitol Hill legislators May 23. Jo Ann Rooney, acting undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, and John R. Gingrich, chief of staff for the Department of Veterans Affairs, made…

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787 Dream Tour touches down ‘Down Under’

Posted  May 24, 2012

Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner landed at Sydney International Airport in Australia May 24, kicking off the seventh and final leg of the global Dream Tour. For the next four days, guests invited by Boeing and 787 customers Qantas and Jetstar will have an opportunity to tour the...

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Pentagon’s budget request is strong, responsible

Posted  May 24, 2012

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has clearly stated the consequences of sequestration, and the Pentagon has delivered a responsible budget request with a sound strategy to the U.S. Congress, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little told reporters May 23. “No one, to my knowledge, has really picked apart that strategy, including on Capitol Hill,” Little said….

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New veterans set record for war-disability claims

Posted  May 24, 2012

America’s newest veterans are filing for disability benefits at a historic rate, claiming to be the most medically and mentally troubled generation of former troops the nation has ever seen. A staggering 45 percent of the 1.6 million veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are now seeking compensation for injuries they say are…

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News Briefs May 24, 2012

Posted  May 24, 2012

Saudi Arabia inks $3 billion U.K. trainer jet deal  Saudi Arabia’s official news agency says the kingdom has signed a deal with the United Kingdom valued at $3 billion to buy air force trainer jets. The Saudi Press Agency quoted an unnamed defense official May 23 as saying the deal also includes simulators, ground equipment,…

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Lockheed Martin delivers core structure for fourth SBIRS satellite

Posted  May 24, 2012

Lockheed Martin has received the core structure for the U.S. Air Force’s fourth Space Based Infrared System geosynchronous satellite. The structure was delivered to Lockheed Martin’s Mississippi Space & Technology Center, where engineers and technicians will integrate the spacecraft’s propulsion subsystem. Featuring a mix of GEO satellites, hosted payloads in highly elliptical earth orbit, and…

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NASA offers guidelines to protect historic sites on the moon

Posted  May 24, 2012

NASA and the X Prize Foundation of Playa Vista, Calif., announced May 24 the Google Lunar X Prize is recognizing guidelines established by NASA to protect lunar historic sites and preserve ongoing and...

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NASA commercial crew partner Boeing meets software milestone

Posted  May 24, 2012

Boeing has successfully completed a new milestone in the development of software that will operate its Crew Space Transportation spacecraft. The company is one of NASA’s partners developing commercial crew transportation capabilities to ferry U.S. astronauts to and from low Earth orbit and the International Space Station. With the Preliminary Design Review of its software…

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AeroVironment to deploy small unmanned aircraft for Federal Communications Commission post-disaster communications demo

Posted  May 24, 2012

AeroVironment will employ its small unmanned aircraft systems to demonstrate aerial communications capabilities for the Federal Communications Commission’s Deployable Aerial Communications Architecture Notice of Inquiry proceeding. The DACA NOI is examining the ability to re-establish communications rapidly using aerial platform technology following a natural or man-made disaster that renders existing communications networks unusable. AeroVironment will…

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Landsat contest offers view of local landscape change from space

Posted  May 24, 2012

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the United States’ Landsat Earth-observing program, NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey are holding a contest that will offer winners customized satellite views of changing local landscapes. All U.S. citizens are eligible to enter the “My American Landscape: A Space Chronicle of Change” contest. Winners will be announced July…

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