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News Briefs May 8, 2013

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Air Force says spending cuts hit combat aircraft Air Force officials say the across-the-board spending cuts have led the service to cease operations for one third of the bomber and jet fighter force. Air Force Secretary Michael Donley and Chief of Staff Mark Welsh told a Senate committee that nine fighter units and three bomber…

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Sikorsky to deliver two VIP S-92 helicopters to Turkish National

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Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. announced May 8 a contract to provide two VIP S-92Æ helicopters to the Turkish National Police (TNP) for service to the Turkish Prime Ministry. Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX). The new helicopters will support the Head of State function currently served by one S-92 helicopter operated…

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Lockheed Martin demonstrates ADAM ground-based laser system in increasingly complex tests against free-flying rockets

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgUnDeED9MM&feature=player_embedded Lockheed Martin announced May 8 that it has successfully demonstrated the Area Defense Anti-Munitions system in multiple tests against free-flying Qassam-like rocket targets. The prototype laser system has destroyed eight small-caliber rocket targets in flight at a range of approximately 1.5 kilometers (0.9 miles) in tests conducted in March and April 2013. Lockheed Martin…

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Boeing delivers first C-17 training center to Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio

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Boeing has delivered a training center for the C-17 Globemaster III airlifter to the U.S. Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, enabling the base to cut costs by training pilots and loadmasters onsite. Since we received our first C-17 at Wright-Patt in January 2011, our local crews have had to go on…

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Aerojet delivers final Orion EFT-1 crew module reaction†control system pod assembly

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Aerojet, a GenCorp company, announced May 8 that the final Crew Module Reaction Control System (CM RCS) pod assembly for NASA’s Orion spacecraft’s Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1) has arrived at the Operations and Checkout Building at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Aerojet’s CM RCS pods will provide the full complement of primary and redundant…

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Odierno: Readiness issues pose risk to U.S. security

Posted May 8, 2013 by Jim Garamone

Navy photograph by CPO Josh Ives A smaller Army still needs to be ready, and sequester issues on top of previous budget cuts are impacting readiness accounts, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno told reporters at the Defense Writers Group, May 7, 2013. A smaller Army still needs to be ready, and sequester issues…

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NAWCAD scientists forge new path for underwater optics

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Navy photograph Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division engineer Dr. Linda Mullen demonstrates a laser used in underwater optics at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., March 6. Mullen patented a new encoding method for laser imaging, which offers possibilities for both fleet and commercial use. Scientists from the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division)…

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NASA to mark 40th anniversary of Skylab, life 0ff Earth

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NASA will commemorate the 40th anniversary of America’s first space station Monday, May 13, with a televised roundtable discussion featuring Skylab astronauts, a current astronaut and agency managers planning future space missions. The discussion, open to NASA employees and the public, will begin at 2:30 p.m. EDT in the James Webb Auditorium of NASA Headquarters…

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DOD cooperates with Congress on Benghazi probes

Posted May 8, 2013 by Jim Garamone

The Defense Department has cooperated fully with Congress and the State Department on the investigation into the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that led to the death of four U.S. citizens, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said May 8. A number of panels on Capitol Hill are examining the incident, which occurred…

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Afghan air university takes dynamic formal stride

Posted May 8, 2013 by Capt. Anastasia Wasem

Taking one more step to becoming Ministry of Defense accredited, Afghan air force leaders at Pohantoon-e-Hawayee “Air University” signed six newly developed training decrees May 4 at Kabul International Airport here. The implementation of these decrees marks the first time†the†school had†standard operating procedures for the teaching of the students. “I have been waiting for this…

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