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News Briefs May 15, 2013

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Turkey: contact lost with fighter jet Turkey’s military says it has lost contact with a fighter plane in southern Turkey. A military statement said May 13 it lost contact with the F-16 jet over a mountainous area in Osmaniye province, which is close to the border with Syria. The plane had taken off from a…

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STRATCOM strives to build coalitions for space operations

Posted May 15, 2013 by Donna Miles

Recognizing the value of multinational coalitions for operations in the land, maritime and air domains, officials at U.S. Strategic Command here hope to forge a coalition that shares assets and capabilities in space. The U.S. and its allies are discussing details for the first agreement of its kind promoting combined space operations, Brig. Gen. David…

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C-130J Super Hercules worldwide fleet soars past a million flight hours

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Lockheed Martin photograph Lockheed Martin delivered three C-130J Super Hercules to the Iraqi Air Force, two months ahead of schedule, the third of which departed the Marietta, Ga., Dec 12, 2012. The Iraqi Air Force will use the airlifters for intra-theater support for its troops and to provide humanitarian relief operations in various locations. The…

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New authority supports global special ops network

Posted May 15, 2013 by Donna Miles

A new arrangement that gives U.S. Special Operations Command responsibility for manning, training and equipping special operators assigned to regional combatant commands is beginning to pay off in strengthening the global special operations force network, the Socom commander reported in Tampa, Fla., May 14. Navy Adm. William H. McRaven told attendees at the 2013 Special…

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General Dynamics to deliver open architecture core mission system for Littoral Combat Ships 14, 16

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General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems has been awarded a contract by Austal USA to be the Platform Systems Engineering Agent of Littoral Combat Ships 14 and 16. These are the fifth and sixth ships of the Independence-variant LCS to be ordered by the U.S. Navy under a 10-ship block buy contract awarded in December 2010…

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Pentagon seeks to establish cost culture, official says

Posted May 15, 2013 by SFC Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

In an effort to maximize investments of defense business opportunities during austere times, the Defense Department is seeking to establish a ìcost culture,î a senior Pentagon official said May 13. Elizabeth A. McGrath, the Defense Departmentís deputy chief management officer, spoke to an audience during the Excellence in Government Forum about DODís efforts to optimize…

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First Boeing P-8I maritime patrol aircraft arrives in India

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The first Boeing P-8I long-range maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare aircraft arrived May 15, on schedule, at India Naval Station Rajali. The P-8I is one of eight aircraft Boeing is building for India as part of a contract awarded in 2009. Boeing is proud to deliver this advanced aircraft to meet the Indian Navyís unique…

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Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser testing begins at NASA Dryden, Langley

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EDWARDS, Calif. — Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Space Systems Dream Chaser flight vehicle arrived at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center in Edwards, Calif., May 15 to begin tests of its flight and runway landing systems. The tests are part of pre-negotiated, paid-for-performance milestones with NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, which is facilitating U.S.-led companies’ development of spacecraft…

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Miss. puts $2 million into effort to keep military bases

Posted May 15, 2013 by Ted Carter

JACKSON, Miss. – Mississippi’s officials can tell you that defending the state’s military bases from closures can get expensive. The state spent a reported $60 million to $65 million in the 2005 round of base closings, an effort that helped to save such Mississippi military mainstays as Keesler Air Force Base, Naval Air Station Meridian,…

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Special Olympians share gold with Volunteers

Posted May 15, 2013 by Linda KC Reynolds

Photograph by Linda KC Reynolds Athlete Eddy Thomas proudly shows his winnings to 2nd Lt. Jake Downey who, along with 2nd Lt. Jessica Pease and other officers, helped pass out medals at the Special Olympics at Quartz Hill High School. Approximately 200 people volunteered at the event. Thankful for the turnout and support, coordinator Donna…

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