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News: Israel lobbies for more missile defense funds than Obama sought – For the second consecutive year, Israeli officials have asked the U.S. Congress to add more than $300 million to President Barack Obama’s budget request for their nation’s missile-defense programs.   Business: Inside one of the most intense, and unusual, Pentagon contracting wars – The much-anticipated…

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Ingenuity drives Lockheed’s AEHF program to production milestone early

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Lockheed Martin has successfully integrated the propulsion core and payload module for the fourth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite nearly five months ahead of schedule.

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GA-ASI, Sener team to offer Predator B to Spain

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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. and SENER, a leading Spanish engineering company, announced March 2 that they have signed a teaming agreement that promotes the use of the multi-mission Predator B® RPA to support Spain’s airborne surveillance and reconnaissance requirements.  GAASI is a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft systems, radars, and electro-optic and related…

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Raytheon’s ‘Blue Marble’ imaging sensor delivered on schedule

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Raytheon has delivered a second Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite instrument to support the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Joint Polar Satellite System mission.

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NASA spacecraft nears historic dwarf planet arrival

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Image courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA NASA’s Dawn spacecraft took these images of dwarf planet Ceres from about 25,000 miles away Feb. 25, 2015. Ceres appears half in shadow because of the current position of the spacecraft relative to the dwarf planet and the sun. The resolution is about 2.3 miles per pixel.   NASA’s Dawn spacecraft…

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Northrop Grumman’s AstroMesh reflector successfully deploys for NASA’s SMAP satellite

Posted February 27, 2015 by

The NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory successfully deployed the mesh reflector and boom aboard the Soil Moisture Active Passive spacecraft, a key milestone on its mission to provide global measurements of soil moisture. Launched Jan. 31, SMAP represents the future of Earth Science by helping researchers better understand our planet. SMAP’s unmatched data capabilities are enabled…

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USS Fort Worth conducts CUES with Chinese Navy

Posted February 27, 2015 by Lt. Lauryn Dempsey

The littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) practiced the Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea (CUES) with the People's Liberation Army-Navy Jiangkai II frigate Hengshui (FFG 572) Feb. 23 enhancing the professional maritime relationship between U.S. 7th Fleet and the PLA(N).

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Lockheed Martin Australia to deliver modern, affordable C-130J training solutions to RAAF

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The Royal Australian Air Force has awarded Lockheed Martin Australia a contract to supply a modern C-130J-30 Virtual Maintenance Trainer and a Multi-Function Training Aid to support maintenance and aircrew training at RAAF Base Richmond. Through this major upgrade, the RAAF will have a standardized curriculum tailored for its operations and based on decades of…

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NASA releases first global rainfall, snowfall map from new mission

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Like a lead violin tuning an orchestra, the GPM Core Observatory – launched one year ago on Feb. 27, 2014, as a collaboration between NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency – acts as the standard to unify precipitation measurements from a network of 12 satellites. The result is NASA’s Integrated Multi-satellite Retrievals for GPM…

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Air Force places 18 A-10 aircraft into ‘Backup Status’

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The Air Force, with congressional authorization, will convert 18 primary combat-coded A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft from active units and place them into Backup-Aircraft Inventory status with the possibility to convert another 18 at a later date in fiscal year 2015. The secretary of Defense has authorized the Air Force to place up to a total…

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