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Space

NASA begins launch preparations for next Mars mission

Posted August 5, 2013 by

NASA photograph NASAís Mars Atmosphere and Volatiles Evolution spacecraft is seen inside the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility Aug. 3. 2013, at the agencyís Kennedy Space Center in Florida. MAVEN will be prepared inside the facility for its scheduled November launch to Mars. NASA’s next spacecraft going to Mars arrived Friday, Aug. 2, at the agency’s…

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HH-60 helicopter crashes near Camp Hansen, Okinawa

Posted August 5, 2013 by

A Kadena Air Base, Japan,-based HH-60G Pave Hawk†helicopter crashed in the Central Training Area near Camp Hansen, Okinawa, at about 4 p.m., Aug. 5. U.S. fire and rescue crews are responding to the scene of the mishap. There were at least four people on board. Three of the four have been accounted for and are…

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World

France to cut defense jobs, hold line on spending

Posted August 5, 2013 by Sylvie Corbet

France plans to hold the line on military spending while reducing 34,000 defense jobs over the next five years, a decision the defense minister said would still allow the country to prepare for the future. President Francois Hollande’s Socialist government laid out its five-year military program at a Cabinet meeting Aug. 2 that would keep…

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Defense

Exercises, training to posture NATO for future challenges

Posted August 5, 2013 by Donna Miles

Sharpened by the past decade of combat operations, NATO forces are launching an ambitious effort to build on that foundation and to enhance the capabilities of the NATO Response Force, the top U.S. and NATO commander reported. After more than 10 years of experience fighting together in Afghanistan, we have achieved an unprecedented level of…

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Business

General Dynamics Bath Iron Works awarded $212 million for DDG 1002 deckhouse, hangar, launch-system modules

Posted August 5, 2013 by

The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Bath Iron Works $212 million for the design and construction of a steel deckhouse and hangar and construction of aft Peripheral Vertical Launching System modules for integration into Lyndon B Johnson (DDG 1002), the third ship of the U.S. Navy’s Zumwalt-class of guided missile destroyers. General Dynamics Bath…

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News Briefs August 2, 2013

Posted August 2, 2013 by

Air Guard pilot ejects after jets collide Two Air National Guard fighter jets collided midair, forcing one of the pilots to eject into the sea and be rescued by a Coast Guard helicopter a few hours later off the Virginia coast, officials said Aug. 2. The other pilot involved in the collision was able to…

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Business

China deal drives merger, acquisition activity in second quarter

Posted August 2, 2013 by

Aerospace and defense merger and acquisition activity in the United States continues to be affected by sequestration and defense budget cuts in the second quarter of 2013. However, China played a positive role in the deal market where the pace of Chinese-involved deals has increased year-to-date, according to PwC US. In the two years since…

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Defense

Carter: Review reveals sequestration’s flaws

Posted August 2, 2013 by Claudette Roulo

The Strategic Choices and Management Review has shown that a strategic approach to cutting the department’s budget canít meet the schedule set by full sequestration, Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter told Congress Aug. 1. The review, ordered by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, was partly an examination of the Defense Departmentís strategic options under sequestration, Carter…

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Business

Lockheed Martin selects Northrop Grumman’s SABR for the F-16 AESA radar upgrade program

Posted August 2, 2013 by

Lockheed Martin has competitively selected Northrop Grumman’s Scalable Agile Beam Radar for the U.S. Air Force and Taiwan F-16 radar modernization and upgrade programs. Work on the F-16 AESA (active electronically scanned array) radar program will be performed at Northrop Grumman’s Electronic Systems sector headquarters facility in Linthicum. “The F-16 has been a front-line fighter…

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Defense

Obama nominates James to become Air Force Secretary

Posted August 2, 2013 by

President Barack Obama Aug. 1 announced that Deborah Lee James is his choice to become the next Secretary of the Air Force. Deborahís strong record of public service and leadership in the private sector makes her uniquely qualified to be my nominee for Secretary of the Air Force,î Obama said in a White House news…

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