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First upgraded MQ-8C Fire Scout delivered to U.S. Navy

Posted July 22, 2013 by

Navy photograph by Vance Vasquez The first MQ-8C Fire Scout delivered to the Naval Air Systems Command. The U.S. Navy got its first look at the upgraded MQ-8 Fire Scout unmanned system when Northrop Grumman delivered its first MQ-8C system this month. Northrop Grumman is the Navy’s prime contractor for the MQ-8 Fire Scout program…

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Future requires hard decisions, disciplined priorities

Posted July 22, 2013 by Donna Miles

Disciplined priorities and tough choices will be needed to guide the Defense Departmentís historical transition aimed at maintaining strong, capable and ready forces in the stark post-conflict fiscal environment, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said July 22. Speaking at the Veterans of Foreign Wars national convention in Louisville, Ky., Hagel said the changes underway, like those…

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U.S. drops unarmed bombs on Great Barrier Reef

Posted July 22, 2013 by Rod McGuirk

Two American fighter jets dropped four unarmed bombs into Australia’s Great Barrier Reef Marine Park last week when a training exercise went wrong, the U.S. Navy said, angering environmentalists. The two AV-8B Harrier jets launched from aircraft carrier USS Bonhomme Richard each jettisoned an inert practice bomb and an unarmed laser-guided explosive bomb into the…

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Boeing CST-100 spacecraft model passes water-recovery tests

Posted July 22, 2013 by

Boeing recently demonstrated that astronauts in its Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 capsule will be able to safely exit the spacecraft during an emergency water landing. Although the CST-100 is designed to land on the ground, Boeing engineers worked with NASA and Department of Defense search-and-recovery personnel to test several emergency water-extraction scenarios. ìCrew safety is…

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Veterans

Hagel calls on vets to partner in reshaping military

Posted July 22, 2013 by Donna Miles

DOD photograph by Glenn Fawcett Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel delivers remarks to attendees at the Veterans of Foreign War national convention held at the Louisville International Convention Center in Louisville, Ky., July 22, 2013. Opening his address July 22 to the Veterans of Foreign Wars national convention with a tribute to Korean War veterans, Defense…

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News Briefs July 19, 2013

Posted July 19, 2013 by

U.K. investigators: Disable locator beacon on 787s U.K. air accident investigators are recommending that all Honeywell emergency transmitters should be temporarily disabled on Boeing 787s following a fire last week at London’s Heathrow Airport. The Air Accidents Investigation Branch said July 18 that the greatest damage to the parked Ethiopian Airlines Dreamliner occurred in the…

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VA has converted more than 30 percent of disability claims into digital files

Posted July 19, 2013 by

The Department of Veterans Affairs has reached another milestone in its disability claims transformation process ñ more othan 30 percent of the current disability claims inventory is now digital and accessible to claim raters in VAís electronic claims processing system, which has now been fielded ahead of schedule at all 56 Regional Offices across the…

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2013 NASA Advanced Technology Phase I Concepts selected for study

Posted July 19, 2013 by

NASA has selected 12 proposals for study under Phase I of the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts Program, which aims to turn science fiction into fact. The selected proposals include a wide range of imaginative concepts, including 3-D printing of biomaterials, such as arrays of cells; using galactic rays to map the insides of asteroids; and…

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KC-46 critical design review nearing completion

Posted July 19, 2013 by

The Air Force and Boeing successfully conducted the KC-46 critical design review, or CDR, from July 8-10 at the Boeing facility in Mukilteo, Wash. The KC-46 weapon system CDR was the culmination of nine months of component and sub-system design reviews, which blended the best practices of both the commercial and Department of Defense frameworks….

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New military communications satellite built by Lockheed Martin launches successfully

Posted July 19, 2013 by

The second Mobile User Objective System satellite built by Lockheed Martin for the U.S. Navy is responding to commands after being launched July 19 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The Lockheed Martin-led initialization team is now commanding the satellite from the Naval Satellite Operations Center located at the Naval Base Ventura County, Point…

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