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House panel approves $578.6 billion for defense spending

Posted May 20, 2015 by Deb Riechmann

The House panel that decides defense spending approved a $578.6 billion blueprint May 19 that fully funds a 2.3 percent pay raise for military men and women, prevents the retirement of the A-10 aircraft that protects ground troops and funds the U.S. fight against terrorism. The spending bill, which mirrors the broad defense policy bill…

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U.S. Marine Corps begins F-35B operational trials

Posted May 20, 2015 by

Six U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II jet aircraft arrived May 18 aboard the USS WASP off the coast of the United States’ Eastern Seaboard to mark the beginning of the first shipboard phase of the F-35B Operational Test. The at-sea period will continue aboard USS WASP for the next two weeks, with fleet representative…

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GE Aviation, Woodward combine fuel systems expertise for new joint venture

Posted May 20, 2015 by

GE Aviation and Woodward, Inc. announced May 20 a strategic 50/50 joint venture for fuel systems for GE’s large commercial aircraft engine lines. The new joint venture will design, develop, source, supply and service the fuel system, including components from the fuel inlet up to the fuel nozzle, for the GE90, GEnx, GE9X and all…

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News Briefs May 18, 2015

Posted May 18, 2015 by

Military leaders gather in Hawaii to talk amphibious skills Amphibious military capabilities are on the agenda as the U.S. Marine Corps and Navy host defense leaders from around the Pacific in Hawaii this week. The first-of-its kind meeting comes as territorial disputes over islands grow more heated in the region. U.S. treaty allies Japan and…

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NASA challenges designers to construct habitat for deep space exploration

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NASA and the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, known as America Makes, are holding a new $2.25 million competition to design and build a 3-D printed habitat for deep space exploration, including the agencyís journey to Mars. The multi-phase 3-D Printed Habitat Challenge, part of NASA’s Centennial Challenges program, is designed to advance the additive…

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Small Diameter Bomb II program achieves Milestone C clearing the way for production

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Raytheon and the U.S. Air Force successfully completed the Small Diameter Bomb II (SDB II) Milestone C decision briefing, paving the way for the program to enter low rate initial production. Unlike standard bombs, SDB II employs Raytheon’s revolutionary tri-mode seeker that operates in three different modes: millimeter-wave radar uncooled imaging infrared semi-active laser. SDB…

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NASA seeks additional information for ARM spacecraft

Posted May 18, 2015 by

NASA has issued a Request for Information seeking ideas from American companies for a spacecraft design that could be used for both the agency’s Asteroid Redirect Mission and a robotic satellite servicing mission in low-Earth orbit. In the early-2020s NASA plans to launch the Asteroid Redirect Mission, which will use a robotic spacecraft to capture…

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Navy announces successful test of EMLS

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Air Force photograph by PO2 Aidan P. Campbell The aircraft carrier Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) transits the James River during the ship’s launch and transit to Newport News Shipyard pier three for the final stages of construction and testing. Ford was christened Nov. 9, 2013, and is under construction at Huntington Ingalls…

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Boeing Business Jets announces two airplane orders

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Boeing Business Jets announced May 18 two new orders at the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition in Geneva. Two undisclosed customers have selected a BBJ and a BBJ 787-8 Dreamliner. “We are pleased to have such a strong start to 2015, and we know that these two customers will love their airplanes and all…

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VA launches campaign to increase veteransí economic potential

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Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald, with leaders from national and local Veterans service organizations, corporate employers and government agencies, has announced the launch of the Veterans Economic Communities Initiative, an effort focused in a total of 50 U.S. cities to promote economic success for Veterans. The initiative is part of MyVA, which is…

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