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Missile Defense System intercepts target in test

Posted September 20, 2013 by

The Missile Defense Agency, U.S. Pacific Command and sailors aboard the USS Lake Erie conducted a successful flight test today of the Aegis ballistic missile defense system, intercepting a ballistic missile target over the Pacific Ocean. A complex separating short-range ballistic missile target was launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai, Hawaii, and…

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Business

Service chiefs detail 2014 sequestration effects

Posted September 20, 2013 by Cheryl Pellerin

DOD photograph by James Varhegyi Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III (right) answers a question about the ongoing and future impacts of sequestration on the Air Force during a House Armed Services Committee hearing, Sept. 18, 2013, Washington, D.C. Among other concerns, Welsh emphasized the danger of having to choose between…

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VA announces award of patient-centered community care contracts

Posted September 20, 2013 by

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced Sept. 19 that Veterans will have greater access to quality health care through a new initiative: Patient-Centered Community Care. PCCC is an innovative solution that helps VA medical centers continue to provide quality care efficiently, said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. This will be a valuable option…

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NASA commercial partner Boeing tests CST-100 spacecraft thrusters

Posted September 20, 2013 by

Boeing’s CST-100 spacecraft is one step closer to liftoff after a gauntlet of test firings of its steering jets at White Sands Space Harbor in Las Cruces, N.M. Boeing and Aerojet Rocketdyne recently completed the tests, which simulated the demanding environment of space. The tests assessed how the thrusters – which fire with 1,500 pounds…

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Military chiefs called to task on spending issues

Posted September 20, 2013 by Pauline Jelinek

The head of the House Armed Services Committee on Sept. 18 told the nation’s top military brass that their credibility is on the lineî if they don’t give greater details about how budget cuts will affect national security. ìGentlemen, for two years you or your predecessors have come to this committee describing the consequences of…

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Shadows provide mission support from sky

Posted September 20, 2013 by Spec. Joshua Edwards

On a narrow stretch of road fashioned into a runway at Forward Operating Base Pasab, Afghanistan, soldiers with Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, Combined Task Force Dragoon, launch unmanned aircraft to safely maintain a view of the battlefield from the sky. The soldiers run 24-hour-a-day operations out of the airfield, in order to keep situational awareness…

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News Briefs September 18, 2013

Posted September 18, 2013 by

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,135 As of Sept. 17, 2013, at least 2,135 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,772 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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Business

Raytheon awarded $14 million for HARM Control Section Modification Lot 2 contract

Posted September 18, 2013 by

The U.S. Air Force awarded Raytheon a $14 million Lot 2 contract to continue full rate production of High-Speed Anti-Radiation Missile Control Section Modification (HCSM) upgrade units. The modification adds a GPS receiver and an improved inertial measurement unit for precision navigation to the existing HARM. HCSM also features a digital flight computer that merges…

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Boeing announces Montana site expansion, 787-10 work

Posted September 18, 2013 by

Boeing will †expand its manufacturing site in Helena, Mont., by nearly 50 percent to support demand for Boeing commercial airplanes and new work for the Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner. Boeing Chairman, President and CEO Jim McNerney, joined by Senator Max Baucus and Governor Steve Bullock, made the announcement Sept. 17 at the Montana Jobs Summit in…

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Dick Rutan recalls historic round-the-world flight

Posted September 18, 2013 by

Courtesy photograph The Burt Rutan-designed, single-purpose Voyager is shown during a test flight that led up to its non-stop unrefueled flight around the world in December 1986. Nearly 27 years ago, the one-of-a-kind, purpose-built Voyager aircraft embarked on a non-stop, unrefueled flight around the world, setting a world record that remains unchallenged today. Dick Rutan,…

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