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Budget uncertainty challenges readiness, official says

Posted January 15, 2014 by SFC Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

The Defense Department continues to face persisting challenges due to budget uncertainties under sequestration, the Pentagons acquisitions chief said Jan. 15. Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, spoke to an audience at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics SciTech conference about force structure and readiness challenges the Pentagon faces under…

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Boeing Space Surveillance System reduces risk of satellite loss by 66 percent

Posted January 15, 2014 by

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – The Boeing Space-Based Space Surveillance system has helped the U.S. Air Force cut the danger of satellites being lost by two-thirds in the past year by detecting potential threats more quickly and enabling operators to take earlier action if needed. “Averaging 12,000 deep-space observations per day, SBSS provides a major advantage…

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New secretary testifies to commission on total force

Posted January 15, 2014 by SSgt. David Salanitri

Air Force photograph by Jim Varhegyi Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James answers a question during a hearing of the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force Jan. 9, 2014, in Arlington, Va. The commission is tasked to submit a report by Feb.1, 2014, to the president of the United States…

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Boeing, Alaska Airlines announce order for two 737-900ERs, delivery of 100th Next-Generation 737

Posted January 15, 2014 by

Boeing and Alaska Airlines have completed Boeing’s first firm airplane order of 2014 for two additional 737-900ER (Extended Range) airplanes. The agreement, worth $192 million at current list prices, coincides with today’s direct delivery of the 100th Next-Generation 737 airplane to Alaska Airlines. The 737, the world’s best-selling commercial airliner, is a valuable contributor to…

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News Briefs January 14, 2013

Posted January 13, 2014 by

AM General recalling about 200 idled workers AM General plans to begin recalling about 200 idled workers next month at its northern Indiana assembly plants for military and commercial vehicles. AM General spokesman Jeff Adams said Jan. 11 in a statement that the employee recall “is in response to a previously planned foreign military order…

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Northrop Grumman’s Global Hawk boasts best safety record designation

Posted January 13, 2014 by

Northrop Grumman photograph The U.S. Air Force RQ-4 Block 30 Global Hawk. Northrop Grumman’s Global Hawk Unmanned Aerial System has been designated as the platform with the best safety record in the U.S. Air Force in 2013. Detachment 1 of the 69 th Reconnaissance Group contributed to that designation as they maintained exceptional vigilance during…

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Unmanned demo aircraft exceeds 10,000 combat flight hours

Posted January 13, 2014 by

Navy photograph The Navyís unmanned RQ-4A Broad Area Maritime Surveillance Demonstrator (BAMS-D) surpassed 10,000 flight hours in December 2013 in support of operations in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. Now entering its sixth year of deployment, BAMS-D provides intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance support to the fleet and is†used to collect lessons learned for…

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Raytheon resumes work on U.S. Navy Air & Missile Defense Radar

Posted January 13, 2014 by

Raytheon has received a resume work order from the U.S. Navy to commence development of the new Air and Missile Defense Radar. The order followed the official Government Accountability Office update of its database to reflect the status of the AMDR contract award protest as withdrawn. On October 10, 2013, Raytheon was awarded a $385,742,176…

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New NASA science arrives at space station aboard Orbital Sciences Cygnus spacecraft

Posted January 13, 2014 by

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station Jan. 13 used a robotic arm to capture and attach the Cygnus supply spacecraft, which carried dozens of new science experiments from across the country and the world to the orbiting laboratory. The arrival capped the first successful contracted cargo delivery by Orbital Sciences Corp. of Dulles, Va., for…

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Recovery operations continue at MH-53E crash site

Posted January 13, 2014 by

Navy photograph by PO3 Wyatt Huggett Navy divers assigned to Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit (MDSU) 2, Company 2-2, are lowered into the water Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 from the Military Sealift Command rescue and salvage ship USNS Grasp (T-ARS-51). MDSU-2 is aboard Grasp searching for the missing crew member of an MH 53E Sea…

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