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News Brief January 24, 2014

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U.S. commander predicts more suicide attacks The second-ranking U.S. military commander in Afghanistan is predicting more violence like the assault last week on a Kabul restaurant that was the deadliest single attack against foreign civilians in the nearly 13-year war. Speaking to reporters at the Pentagon via video-teleconference from his headquarters in Kabul, Army Lt….

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Military chiefs look to NATOs future

Posted January 24, 2014 by Jim Garamone

The NATO chiefs of defense talked a little bit about today, a little bit about tomorrow, and a little bit about 10 years from now, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said as he returned to Washington Jan. 23 from alliance meetings in Brussels. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey took advantage of the…

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Resolute Support planning continues, options still open

Posted January 24, 2014 by Jim Garamone

NATO military leaders are doing all they can to make sure the alliance does not run out of options for the post-2014 NATO mission in Afghanistan, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Jan. 23. During a military chiefs meeting at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey and the rest…

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Raytheon secures first international customer for its F-16 RACR AESA radar

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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Raytheon has signed a contract with BAE Systems in support of upgrading the Republic of Korea’s fleet of more than 130 KF-16C/D Block 52 aircraft. As a key subcontractor to BAE Systems, the company will provide an integrated solution that includes the Raytheon Advanced Combat Radar, ALR-69A all-digital radar warning receiver,…

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Northrop Grumman team successfully completes spacecraft review for Webb Telescope

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REDONDO BEACH, Calif. Northrop Grumman successfully passed the last significant mission design milestone for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, the spacecraft Critical Design Review, five months ahead of schedule, following the replan. The spacecraft provides the power and communications for the whole observatory and is responsible for pointing the telescope and image stabilization. Northrop Grumman…

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Virgin Galactic announces successful test firings of new liquid rocket engines for LauncherOne

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MOJAVE, Calif. Virgin Galactic, the worlds first commercial spaceline, announced Jan. 23 that it has reached a significant milestone in the testing of a new family of liquid rocket engines for LauncherOne, the companys small satellite launch vehicle. As part of a rapid development program, Virgin Galactic has now hot-fired both a 3,500 lbf thrust…

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Smarter robots likely in Army’s future, planners say

Posted January 24, 2014 by David Vergun

Army photograph by C. Todd Lopez A Small Unmanned Ground Vehicle walks down the steps of the Pentagon during a technology display, in 2008. Unmanned robots already have proven their worth on the battlefield, neutralizing improvised explosive devices, and more capable ones are coming in the future, according to the commander of U.S. Army Training…

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First manufacturing employees for Airbus Alabama assembly line start training in Germany

Posted January 24, 2014 by timchisham

The first group of employees who will support the production processes for Airbus U.S.-based A320 Family assembly line in Mobile, Ala., reported for their on-the-job-training in Hamburg earlier this month. Over the next months, the manufacturing engineers, station managers and a quality manager will work alongside their counterparts in Germany to become familiar with production…

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ATK demonstrates high-power MegaFlex solar array for NASA

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ATK demonstrated full deployment of a large MegaFlex solar array under a NASA contract to further the development of a high-power system to be used for future robotic and manned exploration missions. ATK’s 32 feet diameter Solar Electric Propulsion MegaFlex solar array design is capable of generating approximately 40kW of power with two wings when…

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Murder charge pending in wife slaying at Nellis

Posted January 24, 2014 by Ken Ritter

Prosecutors in Las Vegas are filing a murder charge against a 32-year-old Nellis Air Force Base technical sergeant who was arrested after he was found asleep and nearly unconscious in a home where investigators discovered the body of his wife beneath a blanket in the garage. Rickey Lee Massey Jr. is accused of strangling Theresa…

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