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Boeing second quarter profit tops expectations despite 787

Posted July 24, 2013 by Joshua Freed

Boeing’s problems with its 787 have made headlines, but they haven’t hurt profits. It posted a bigger-than-expected second-quarter profit as it ramped up deliveries of commercial planes like its 737 and its 777. Boeing is in the midst of a boom in airplane orders as airlines in Asia and Latin America expand. It is speeding…

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AAR sources, modifies two Boeing 737s for U.S. Marshals Service

Posted July 24, 2013 by

The U.S. Marshals Service has signed a purchase commitment with AAR for two Boeing 737-400 aircraft for delivery in September. In addition to sourcing the aircraft, AAR will provide airframe and landing gear overhaul, aircraft painting and interior reconfiguration. AAR recently delivered two similar aircraft to the Colombian Air Force as part of a cost-effective…

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Air Force photograph by SrA. Christine Griffiths
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Defense

F-16s being regenerated into drones

Posted July 24, 2013 by Teresa Pittman

Air Force photograph by SrA. Christine Griffiths Robert Bliven and Andrew Bakios, 567th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Squadron perform maintenance on the first QF-16 being regenerated at the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., July 9, 2013. The conversion is slated to take approximately six months, or 180 calendar…

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Congress threatens Afghanistan over U.S. exit taxes

Posted July 24, 2013 by Bradley Klapper

Lawmakers threatened Afghanistan July 23 with severe cuts in foreign aid if President Hamid Karzai’s government institutes an exit tax on American military equipment, food supplies and other goods as the United States pulls most of its troops and much of its property out of the country over the next 18 months. I have seen…

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Space

NASA’s Spitzer observes gas emission from comet ISON

Posted July 24, 2013 by timchisham

Astronomers using NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope have observed what most likely are strong carbon dioxide emissions from Comet ISON ahead of its anticipated pass through the inner solar system later this year. Images captured June 13 with Spitzer’s Infrared Array Camera indicate carbon dioxide is slowly and steadily “fizzing” away from the so-called “soda-pop comet,”…

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Veterans

Agencies work to bolster vet, family education Outcomes

Posted July 24, 2013 by Karen Parrish

Several government agencies are working on initiatives to improve educational success rates for service members, veterans and their families, senior Department of Veterans Affairs and consumer protection officials told lawmakers July 23. Curtis L. Coy, deputy undersecretary for economic opportunity for VAís Veterans Benefits Administration, testified with several other witnesses before the Senate Homeland Security…

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News Briefs July 22, 2013

Posted July 22, 2013 by

Air Force considers drilling for oil at Vandenberg U.S. Air Force officials said they will study the economic and environmental feasibility of a proposal to lease land on Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., to companies that want to drill for oil and natural gas on California’s central coast. Mark Meier, chief counsel for the State…

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Navy photograph by Vance Vasquez
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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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Defense

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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