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Future USNS Fall River delivered

Navy photograph The joint high speed vessel USNS Fall River (JHSV 4) completes acceptance trials testing and evaluations in the Gulf of Mexico. The ship’s trials included dockside testing to clear the ship for sea and at-sea trials during which the Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey evaluated and demonstrated the performance of Fall River…

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NASA airborne campaigns focus on climate impacts in Arctic

University of Alaska-Fairbanks photograph by Chris Larsen Changes in more than 130 Alaskan glaciers are being surveyed by scientists at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks in a DHC-3 Otter as part of NASA’s multi-year Operation IceBridge Over the past few decades, average global temperatures have been on the rise, and this warming is happening two to…

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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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NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory finds planet that makes star act deceptively old

Image courtesy of NASA/CXC/M. Weiss A new study from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory shows that a giant exoplanet, WASP-18b, is making the star that it orbits very closely act much older than it actually is. This artist’s illustration depicts WASP-18b and its star, which are about 330 light years away. A planet may be causing…

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Enhanced F-35 Lightning II logistics system delivered to flight test locations

Lockheed Martin has delivered the next evolution of the F-35 Lightning II’s information technology backbone, called the Autonomic Logistics Information System, to Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., and Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md.


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Northrop Grumman’s key spacecraft structure for Webb telescope passes design review

Posted  April 18, 2012

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope continues to move ahead rapidly, with Northrop Grumman completing engineering design of the structure that supports the sunshield and keeps it aligned. The sunshield support structure has passed its Critical Design Review and is now ready to be manufactured. The structure will hold the sunshield in…

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Raytheon’s Space Fence System detects, tracks space objects

Posted  April 18, 2012

Raytheon’s Space Fence recently completed a comprehensive Preliminary Design Review demonstrating the S-band radar’s technical maturity in its ability to detect and track the increasing amount of space debris orbiting the Earth. This debris is proving to be hazardous to the increasing number of military and commercial satellites and other space activity in low and…

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Navy, General Dynamics unveil model of minehunting, heavyweight, unmanned undersea vehicle

Posted  April 18, 2012

Representatives from the U. S. Navy’s Program Executive Office, Littoral Combat Ships Unmanned Maritime Systems Program Office and General Dynamics unveiled a quarter-scale model of the Surface Mine Countermeasure Unmanned Undersea Vehicle, known as “Knifefish,” at the Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space Exposition being held in National Harbor, Md. Knifefish is a heavyweight-class, minehunting, unmanned undersea vehicle…

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Military association calls on Congress to stop war on TRICARE

Posted  April 18, 2012

The National Association for Uniformed Services strongly opposes the Pentagon plan for steep increases in TRICARE fees. The federal fiscal year 2013 defense proposal would raise fees for all programs in TRICARE, the military health care plan. “It’s an outrage to hear DOD tell military retirees that the costs for promised benefits are squeezing out…

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NATO conference focuses on post-2014 Afghanistan

Posted  April 18, 2012

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen April 18 emphasized support to Afghanistan beyond 2014 in remarks opening a conference of the alliance’s defense and foreign ministers in Brussels, Belgium. Rasmussen noted the NATO summit in Chicago is a month away.

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Boeing begins maintenance training for Turkey’s Peace Eagle AEW&C aircraft

Posted  April 18, 2012

Boeing has begun an extensive maintenance training program for Turkey’s Peace Eagle Airborne Early Warning and Control program at a Boeing facility near Seattle, Wash. Classroom training for 10 Turkish Air Force personnel and two Turkish Airlines employees is being conducted by instructors from Boeing Defence Australia and Boeing Training and Flight Services. The training…

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Raytheon marks Tomahawk milestones at Sea-Air-Space Exposition

Posted  April 18, 2012

The U.S. Navy and Raytheon will highlight several significant milestones for the Tomahawk cruise missile at the 2012 Sea-Air-Space Exposition. “The government and our industry partners should be proud of the continued successes of Tomahawk including the 2,000th combat expenditure and the 500th flight test launch in 2011,” said Capt. Joe Mauser, the U.S. Navy’s…

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Ahmadinejad warns against aggression on Iran

Posted  April 18, 2012

Iran’s president says the country’s armed forces will make the enemy regret any act of aggression against Iran. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s remarks came as Iranians April 17 marked National Army Day with a military parade. He did not specify who the enemy is but such language in Iran is a common reference to the West, especially…

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NASA selects science instrument upgrade for flying observatory

Posted  April 18, 2012

NASA has selected a science instrument upgrade to the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy airborne observatory. The instrument, the High-resolution Airborne Wideband Camera, will provide a sensitive, versatile and reliable imaging capability to the SOFIA user community.

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Lockheed Martin’s latest Aegis BMD upgrades certified by U.S. Navy

Posted  April 18, 2012

The U.S. Navy has certified the latest evolution of the Lockheed Martin Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense system. The USS Shiloh (CG-67) will be the first ship to be upgraded with the Aegis BMD 4.0.1 configuration. The Shiloh’s homeport is Yokosuka, Japan. This second-generation system introduces the Aegis BMD signal processor, which improves target identification capabilities…

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