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Acquisitions chief seeks system improvements, not reform

Posted November 8, 2013 by SFC Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

The Pentagonís acquisitions chief Nov. 7 discussed the state of the defense acquisitions system and methods the Defense Department, working with industry, can use to improve it. I put out a document a few months ago the defense acquisitions system first annual report, Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics told an…

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New Boeing B-52 upgrade to increase smart weapons capacity by half

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Boeing will continue to increase the B-52 bomberís effectiveness and versatility under a new U.S. Air Force contract that calls for the aircraftís smart weapons capacity to expand by 50 percent. Under the $24.6 million agreement, Boeing will develop a modification to existing weapon launchers so the aircraft can carry smart weapons in the bomb…

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NASA’s Orion sees flawless fairing separation in second test

Posted November 8, 2013 by

Lockheed Martin photograph The three panel or fairings encapsulating a stand-in for Orionís service module successfully detach during a test Nov. 6, 2013 at Lockheed Martinís facility in Sunnyvale, Calif. The three massive panels protecting a test version of NASA’s Orion multipurpose crew vehicle successfully fell away from the spacecraft Wednesday in a test of…

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Blue Angels, air show coming to the Antelope Valley

Posted November 8, 2013 by Linda KC Reynolds

Photograph by Linda KC Reynolds Blue Angelsí Pilots Lt. Commander Michael Chen and Lt. Ryan Chamberlain speak at a press conference held at the William J. Fox Airport in Lancaster, Calif., Nov. 7 to announce the inaugural Los Angeles County Airshow to take place March 19-22 at Fox Field. Chamberlain said he is excited to…

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Service chiefs testify on risks of sequestration

Posted November 8, 2013 by Amaani Lyle

As they face the prospect of another year of deep cuts to their budgets, the militarys service chiefs testified Nov. 7 before the Senate Armed Services Committee on the impact sequestration is having on the ability to organize, train and equip their service members. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno, Chief of Naval Operations…

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Boeing partners with U.S. Air Force to reduce supply chain costs

Posted November 8, 2013 by

Boeing and the U.S. Air Force Sustainment Center have entered into an overarching public-private partnership that will streamline supply chain contracting, saving money and speeding up execution by as much as 10 months. The partnership ñ the first of its kind allows the three Air Force logistics complexes that are under the AFSC to immediately…

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News Briefs November 4, 2013

Posted November 4, 2013 by

Israeli drone crashes inside Gaza Strip An unmanned Israeli surveillance aircraft crashed in the Gaza Strip Nov. 3 after experiencing a technical malfunction, the military said. The military said it was investigating what caused the Skylark drone to go down. Israel uses drones to gather intelligence on militant activity in Gaza. The territory is governed…

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AFSC, Boeing reach enterprise partnership agreement

Posted November 4, 2013 by Micah Garbarino

The Air Force Sustainment Center and Boeing have reached an enterprise-level, public-private partnership agreement which allows the two organizations to more efficiently take on sustainment workload for the warfighter. The agreement, signed Oct. 9 by AFSC Commander Lt. Gen. Bruce Litchfield is the first center-wide partnership agreement implemented since the stand up of the Air…

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AeroVironment awarded $2.3 million DARPA concept definition contract

Posted November 4, 2013 by

AeroVironment has been selected by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agencyto provide its market-leading expertise in unmanned aircraft systems toward the development of a new category of this technology. AeroVironment will work as the prime contractor with DARPA on the Tactically Exploited Reconnaissance Node Program to develop a medium-altitude, long-endurance UAS designed to operate from…

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Readiness demonstrated for Ashore Missile Defense System for Romania

Posted November 4, 2013 by

Lockheed Martin photograph Left to right: U.S. Navy Fire Controlman First Class Ricky Eckhardt; Carl Bannar, vice president of Lockheed Martinís Integrated Warfare Systems & Sensors business; Captain Jeff Weston, Missile Defense Agency Program Manager for Aegis Ashore; Jeff Bantle, vice president and general manager of Lockheed Martinís Moorestown facility; Vice Adm. Nora Tyson, deputy…

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