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Over the next decade, the Pentagon plans to launch satellites that offer a revolutionary leap in surveillance technology by persistently staring at targets from space for long periods of time, an official said. Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence Michael Vickers gave the estimate at a defense conference this week in Washington, D.C. The Defense […]

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The Navy is beginning to work on a a next-generation carrier-launched fighter jet to replace the existing F/A-18 Super Hornet and Growler aircraft by 2030 and supplement the F-35C the Pentagon is still developing, service officials said. The Navy effort, called the F/A-XX study, includes early work on the desired technological capabilities for the new aircraft. The […]

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The Pentagon’s top research arm and Raytheon will test a new system designed to massively speed up air-ground coordination and reduce targeting time for close air support from as long as an hour  —  down to as little as six minutes. A program called Persistent Close Air Support, or PCAS, connects pilots in real time with the […]

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Textron Systems recently test-fired a new lightweight, precision-guided glide bomb from a Shadow drone at Yuma Proving Grounds, Arizona, in order to showcase the weapon’s technology to interested Army and Marine Corps officials. In development by Textron Systems since March of last year, the Fury is a small 27-inch, 13-pound GPS and laser-guided bomb engineered […]

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NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — The U.S. Air Force may in December certify the start-up rocket-maker Space Exploration Technologies Corp. to compete to launch military and spy satellites, a general said. “I root for SpaceX to come into the competition,” Gen. John Hyten, head of Air Force Space Command, said during a speech Tuesday at the Air […]

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