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E-6 Mercury fleet expands, upgrades bandwidth capabilities

Posted April 17, 2013 by

Navy photograph The E-6B Mercury’s capability to support U.S. leaders continues to expand with the latest internet protocol expansion. The upgrades to the aircraft’s secure local area computer network now allow the onboard battle staff members to operate virtually. An internet bandwidth upgrade being rolled out on the E-6B Mercury aircraft, the nationís airborne strategic…

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Budget challenges impacting Army readiness

Posted April 17, 2013 by David Vergun

Army photograph by Mark Cleghorn Army leaders say if sequestration, continuing resolutions and furloughs continue, equipment reset in Army depots, such as at Anniston Army Depot, Ala., could be delayed. That means that equipment will be delayed in its return to units that need it for training. Army leaders told Congress that the readiness Americans…

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Northrop Grumman’s SABR gives F-16 pilots the big picture

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To a pilot, a radar is only as useful as the information it provides, and Northrop Grumman’s Big SAR (synthetic aperture radar) mapping for the Scalable Agile Beam Radar delivers the largest, sharpest radar images ever available in an F-16. The company’s SABR has successfully demonstrated several advanced radar capabilities for the F-16, including Big…

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NASA’s SOFIA flying observatory marks 100th flight

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NASA photograph by Tom Tschida The staff of NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) gathered on the ramp outside the Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility in Palmdale, Calif., to mark a milestoneóthe flying observatory’s 100th flight. The airborne observatory departed from the facility that evening on an engineering flight for the German Receiver for Astronomy…

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Air Force officials announce civilian Reduction in Force

Posted April 17, 2013 by

In a continuing effort to meet the Department of Defense funding targets in the Fiscal Year 2012 President’s Budget and re-balance the civilian workforce, approximately 60 Air Force installations will implement civilian Reduction in Force authorities effective through about Aug. 23, to assist in the placement of employees not assigned against funded positions (termed “surplus…

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DOD scrubbing money pot to reduce furloughs, Carter says

Posted April 17, 2013 by Karen Parrish

Pentagon leaders from Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on down are looking for ways to reduce the pending civilian employee layoffs known as furloughs, Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter said April 16. Under the departmentís current plan, more than 700,000 civilian employees will receive furlough notices in early May notifying them of furloughs to begin in…

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Northrop Grumman’s Astro Aerospace receives follow-on order for 48 more JIB antennas for GPS III satellites

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Northrop Grumman will provide 48 more self-deploying, monopole JIB antennas for Global Positioning System (GPS III) satellites under a follow-on contract from Lockheed Martin. The work will be carried out by Astro Aerospace, a strategic business unit of Northrop Grumman. A photo accompanying this release is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=18182 With an adaptable design configuration, JIBs…

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Veterans

Hagel eliminates distinguished warfare medal

Posted April 17, 2013 by Jim Garamone

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has eliminated the Distinguished Warfare Medal, DOD officials announced April 15. Instead, the military will recognize service members who directly affect combat operations without being present through distinguishing devices that will be affixed to already existing awards. Soon after being sworn in as defense secretary Feb. 27, 2013, Hagel asked Army…

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Dryden 2014 budget supports stable operation for next year

Posted April 17, 2013 by Raphael Jaffe

The 2014 federal budget plans were released April 10, and NASA is slated for $17.7 billion, a decrease of less than 1 percent. NASAís Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards, Calif., is budgeted at $261.9 million, an increase of about 3 percent. Congress has to authorize these fiscal year 2014 figures in the coming months….

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SpaceShipTwo passes airborne rocket motor cold flow test

Posted April 17, 2013 by Raphael Jaffe

Courtesy Photo SpaceShipTwo in flight during a previous glide test above Mojave Air & Space Port. The Scaled Composites/Virgin Galactic test program at Mojave is accelerating. April 12 there was a 10.8-minute cold flow test in which the hybrid rocket motor was tested after SS2 was released from its mother ship, the WhiteKnightTwo. Since March…

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