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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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Three simple questions

Posted  November 30, 2012

Approximately 16 years ago, I was lucky enough to serve as the wing executive officer at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., under then Brig. Gen. John Becker, who later retired as a major general. Becker was a dedicated, professional, charismatic leader and mentor who had an enduring impact on his young and impressionable exec (that…

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Thanksgiving dinner held for single airmen

Posted  November 30, 2012

Members of the Los Angeles Air Force Base spouses club and base senior leaders share a Thanksgiving meal with single airmen, Nov. 18. The annual dinner was held in the enlisted billeting on Fort MacArthur.  

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Wyle wins $3 million Army helicopter support contract

Posted  November 9, 2012

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Wyle has been awarded a $3 million, three-year contract to provide qualification testing for the U.S. Army UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter, subsystems and components. The testing will also apply to commercial variants of the Blackhawk used by the FBI, fire fighting agencies and other organizations. These tests are designed to improve the…

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AFSPC, SMC awards 17 contracts under Broad Agency Announcement

Posted  November 9, 2012

The U.S. Air Force Space Command’s Space and Missile Systems Center at Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., announced Sept. 28 that it has awarded 17 contracts totaling $84.3 million as a result of a Broad Agency Announcement released in April for the “Protected Military Satellite Communications Design for Affordability Risk Reduction Demonstration.” This composite…

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Northrop Grumman to develop affordable, protected satellite communication capabilities

Posted  November 9, 2012

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center will demonstrate ways to make future protected military satellite communications capabilities more affordable with three awards received Sept. 28 under the Protected Military Satellite Communication Design for Affordability Risk Reduction initiative. Under the 10-month, firm fixed-price contracts, the company…

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Northrop Grumman and ITT Exelis Partner for U.S. Navy’s Next Generation Jammer

Posted  November 9, 2012

Team Offers Navy Customer Cutting-Edge Technology and Decades of Experience in Airborne Electronic Attack BETHPAGE, N.Y. and CLIFTON, N.J., Nov. 1, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) and ITT Exelis (NYSE:XLS) are teaming to bring together the best of industry to offer unique solutions for the U.S. Navy’s Next Generation Jammer (NGJ) program….

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Northrop Grumman begins sampling new gallium nitride MMIC product line

Posted  November 9, 2012

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – Northrop Grumman has developed a line of gallium nitride Monolithic Microwave Integrated Circuits for military and commercial uses. These devices represent the first commercial availability of GaN-based components from the company. Initial engineering evaluation sampling is underway with quantities of three GaN MMIC products. They were developed for defense and commercial…

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Northrop Grumman awarded U.S. Air Force payload transporter system contract

Posted  November 9, 2012

The U.S. Air Force has awarded Northrop Grumman a contract to design, develop, test and qualify a replacement payload transporter system for the nation’s intercontinental ballistic missile weapon system. This program will provide a replacement for the existing payload transporter that is nearing the end of its design life. The contract is worth $39.7 million…

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Next gen GPS operational control system successfully achieves milestone B approval

Posted  November 9, 2012

Officials from the Space and Missile Systems Center’s Global Positioning Systems Directorate announced that the U.S. Air Force and Raytheon successfully met all requirements to enter into the engineering and manufacturing development phase of the Next Generation Operational Control System. The decision was approved by Frank Kendall, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and…

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Cody named next Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force

Posted  November 9, 2012

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III has named Chief Master Sgt. James A. Cody to serve as the 17th chief master sergeant of the Air Force. Cody will assume his new position on Feb. 1, following the Jan. 31 retirement of current Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Roy….

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