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Space superiority remains vital to national security

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Carlin Leslie Gen. William Shelton reviews his notes before testifying April 3, 2014, in front of the House Armed Services Committee subcommittee on strategic forces, in Washington, D.C. Shelton is the Air Force Space Command commander, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. Gen. William Shelton, the†commander of†Air Force Space Command, highlighted…

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Fourth AEHF protected communications satellite begins integration months ahead of schedule

The fourth Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite produced by Lockheed Martin is taking shape after early deliveries of its payload and propulsion core. AEHF-4, expected to launch in 2017, will enable the constellation to reach full operational capability.

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Northrop Grumman ships payload module two months early for AEHF satellite

Northrop Grumman Corporation continued its record of shipping Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite payload modules ahead of schedule when the fourth arrived Feb. 11, nearly two months early, at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Sunnyvale, Calif., AEHF system prime contractor.

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Increased space, cyber threats top concerns for AF Space Command

Gen. William L. Shelton, Commander of Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., addresses Air Force Association Members during the Pacific Air and Space Symposium in Los Angeles, Calif., Nov. 21, 2013. Shelton discussed the importance of space and cyberspace operations and the foundational capability they provide to our nation and joint military…

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Lockheed Martin GPS III successfully communicates With GPS constellation

Lockheed Martin photograph Lockheed Martin’s GPS III Non-Flight Satellite Testbed, a full-sized, functional GPS III satellite prototype, now at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., recently communicated via cross-links with Air Force flight-like hardware simulators for the GPS IIR, GPS IIR-M, and GPS IIF satellites, which make up the bulk of the current GPS satellite…


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Boeing delivers FAB-T test units to U.S. Air Force

Posted  April 12, 2013

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. The Boeing family of Advanced Beyond Line-of-Sight Terminals wideband communications program has entered a new phase by delivering the first two engineering development models to the U.S. Air Force. Able to perform nearly all FAB-T production terminal mission functions, the models will be tested through June under realistic operational conditions aboard aircraft…

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Boeing subsidiary Spectrolab sets world record for solar cell efficiency

Posted  April 12, 2013

SYLMAR, Calif. – A Spectrolab solar cell recently set a world record by converting more energy from the sun into electricity than any other ground-based solar cell without solar concentration. The Boeing subsidiary’s achievement in ground-based solar cell efficiency was verified by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colo. The…

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DOD releases fiscal 2014 defense budget proposal

Posted  April 12, 2013

President Barack Obama April 10 sent to Congress a proposed defense budget of $526.6 billion in discretionary budget authority to fund defense programs in the base budget for fiscal year 2014. The budget continues the department’s commitment to good stewardship of taxpayer dollars by seeking further consolidation of defense infrastructure, instituting a study of possible…

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Strategic Command plans for unexpected, commander says

Posted  April 12, 2013

The last thing Air Force Gen. C. Robert Kehler wants is to be caught by surprise. He is the point man for the U.S. nuclear arsenal as well as space, cyber, ballistic missile and other capabilities. As commander of U.S. Strategic Command, Kehler’s job is to ensure U.S. deterrence remains so strong that it dissuades…

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Gate closure at Fort MacArthur

Posted  April 12, 2013

Fort MacArthur’s 24th Street Gate Closure The 24th Street Gate at Fort MacArthur is closed through April 18. The 30th Street Gate will be open for all traffic during this period. This closure is necessary to facilitate construction across Meyler Road for the ongoing electrical distribution project to improve the reliability and efficiency of Fort…

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General Dynamics Completes Successful Critical Design Review for Knifefish Mine Countermeasure Unmanned Undersea Vehicle

Posted  April 12, 2013

FAIRFAX, Va., April 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems has successfully completed the critical design review for Knifefish, the surface-mine countermeasure unmanned undersea vehicle (SMCM UUV), one month ahead of schedule. The General Dynamics team will now begin the development of the system hardware and software to integrate the approved design via…

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MilPDS upgrade complete: Review emergency contact information

Posted  April 12, 2013

If you married, have a new address or experienced significant life changes in March, you should review your emergency contact information to ensure it is accurate, Air Force Personnel Center officials advised. The Military Personnel Data System manages such military personnel and pay information as accessions, separations, retirements, promotions, reenlistments, training, mobilization and casualties. Because…

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Motorcycle safety awareness day slated

Posted  April 12, 2013

The 61st Air Base Group Safety Office at Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., is hosting a Motorcycle Safety Awareness Day April 15. Participation is open to all base military, civilian, and contractors. Scheduled events include: 8 a.m. – Motorcycle Safety Inspections (Commissary Parking Lot) 9 a.m. – Motorcycle Safety Briefings (GCC Area 1) Los…

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Updated Laser Rangefinder/Designator from Northrop Grumman, DRS Technologies completes successful flight testing

Posted  April 12, 2013

Following flight testing at the Yuma Proving Grounds in Yuma, Ariz., the Mast Mounted Sight-Diode Pumped Laser Rangefinder/Designator developed by Northrop Grumman) and partner DRS Technologies successfully demonstrated its capabilities for the U.S. Army. The MMS-DP LRF/D is designed as a drop-in replacement for the legacy MMS LRF/D, which was also produced by Northrop Grumman….

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RACR wins Republic of Korea F-16 radar upgrade competition

Posted  April 12, 2013

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Raytheon announced April 10 its Raytheon Advanced Combat Radar has been competitively selected by the Republic of Korea to upgrade the country’s KF-16C/D Block 52 Fighting Falcon fleet. “This win ensures the Republic of Korea’s KF-16 combat aircraft remain relevant in a constantly evolving threat environment and builds on our legacy…

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