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News Briefs October 23, 2013

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Navy Blue Angels to resume performances next year The Blue Angels are set to return to the skies above air shows nationwide in 2014. The Navy has announced that the popular flight demonstration team will have a full schedule for the 2014 season. The team suspended its 2013 performance schedule this spring after forced federal…

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DOD awards Iridium $400 million, five-year contract for Iridium airtime services

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Iridium Communications Inc. announced Oct. 21 that it has been awarded a $400 million, multi-year, fixed-price contract with the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) to provide satellite airtime services to meet the communications needs of the U.S. Department of Defense and their federal partners. This five-year contract renews the provision for delivering Enhanced Mobile Satellite…

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DOD photograph by Marine Sgt. Aaron Hostutler
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Defense

Hagel says NATO’s Afghanistan planning on track

Posted October 23, 2013 by Karen Parrish

DOD photograph by Marine Sgt. Aaron Hostutler Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, center, meets with Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu after a meeting of defense ministers from NATO and partner countries that contribute to the International Security Assistance Force mission at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Oct. 23, 2013. Hagel met with several defense counterparts regarding NATO’s…

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AeroVironment, Eurocopter to evaluate potential joint opportunities

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AeroVironment, Inc., the worlds highest volume manufacturer of unmanned aircraft systems, andEurocopter, the leading global helicopter manufacturer, announced Oct. 23 at the Association of the United States Army annual meeting that they have signed a cooperative agreement to explore opportunities for expanding their respective military and commercial product portfolios. The combination of AeroVironments market leading…

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Space

NASA awards bridge contract for multidisciplinary engineering, technical services

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NASA has awarded a bridge contract to AS and D Inc. of Greenbelt, Md., for continued multidisciplinary engineering and technical services until a follow-on contract is awarded at the agency’s Goddard Space Flight Center, also in Greenbelt. Known as Multidisciplinary Engineering and Technical Services II Bridge (METS 2 Bridge), this is a cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite delivery-indefinite…

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Defense

Army researchers meet need for Marines’ assault vehicles

Posted October 23, 2013 by Heather R. Smith

Courtesy photograph The Emergency Egress Lighting System for the Marine Corps’ Assault Amphibious Vehicle is designed to assist Marines when escaping an AAV in a submersible emergency. When the vehicle flips or goes underwater, a set of lights turn on to guide crew members to the exit hatches. The new system on the AAV is…

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Space

Boeing finalizes agreement for Kennedy Space Center facility

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Boeing has finalized an agreement with Space Florida to use a processing facility at NASAís Kennedy Space Center to build the Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 spacecraft, an important step toward restoring the United Statesí ability to launch humans into space. ìThe resources and expertise on the Space Coast are essential to our plans and this…

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Future uncertain for Ground Combat Vehicle, Armed Aerial Scout

Posted October 23, 2013 by David Vergun

Army photograph by David Vergun Heidi Shyu, assistant secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology, and Gen. Dennis Via, commander, Army Materiel Command, speak Oct. 21, 2013, at a modernization press conference at AUSA’s 2013 Annual Meeting, at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. As a result of fiscal “belt tightening, the…

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Commentary

Missile Defense: An old idea uniquely suited for today’s global threats

Posted October 23, 2013 by Claude Berube

Recent satellite imagery suggests that North Korea has greatly expanded its uranium enrichment capabilities. The nation just promised to launch more long-range rockets “soon.” And, reportedly, labs in Pyongyang are hard at work developing nuclear-armed missiles capable of striking the U.S. mainland. With the North Korean threat apparently mounting, it’s essential for the United States…

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Business

Accelerating deliveries drive Boeing third quarter profits

Posted October 23, 2013 by Joshua Freed

Faster airplane production is going straight to Boeing’s bottom line. Third-quarter net income rose 12 percent as the company delivered planes to customers at a quicker pace. It has already sped up the assembly of two of its planes ó the 737 and 777 ó and Oct. 23 announced plans to boost production of its…

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