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Eight teams earn DARPA funds for 2014 robotics finals

Posted December 28, 2013 by Cheryl Pellerin

Eight robots took their first steps into the future, Dec. 21, 2013, at a racetrack complex near Miami, one that scientists at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency envisioned for them as the world watched the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster unfold in 2011.

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Business

Beechcraft to be bought by Cessna parent company

Posted December 28, 2013 by AP

Cessna Aircraft parent company Textron Inc. said Dec. 26 it will buy Beechcraft Corp. for approximately $1.4 billion, a deal that would combine two mainstays of Wichita’s general aviation industry. The announcement by Providence, R.I.,-based Textron caps a year that saw Beechcraft emerge from bankruptcy largely freed from debt and its unprofitable Hawker business jet…

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Business

Raytheon names Rebecca Rhoads president of Global Business Services

Posted December 28, 2013 by

Raytheon announced Dec. 20 that Rebecca R. Rhoads has been named president of the company’s Global Business Services group, effective immediately. Rhoads, a vice president of Raytheon Company, will remain the company’s chief information officer. The GBS group was established in January 2013 to expand common business operations across the company’s enterprise service delivery areas,…

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Space

U.S. Air Force selects Raytheon’s high-bandwidth satellite terminal for secure, protected communications

Posted December 28, 2013 by

Raytheon, the only provider of fielded Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite terminals that protect the military’s most sensitive information, was chosen by the U.S. Air Force under a $134,399,631 contract to develop a terminal that transmits emergency messages to aircrews during nuclear and non-nuclear missions. The Global Aircrew Strategic Network Terminal is part of the…

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Veterans

TRICARE retiree dental program open for new enrollment

Posted December 28, 2013 by

The TRICARE Retiree Dental Program offers comprehensive dental coverage to all enrolled members. Available to retired service members and their family, retired National Guard and Reserve members and their family, Medal of Honor recipients, their family and survivors, TRDP is currently open for enrollment. TRDP covers diagnostic and preventive services, like exams and cleanings at…

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Headlines December 23, 2013

Posted December 24, 2013 by

Business: Why acquiring Beechcraft would be great for Textron, Inc. - Textron investors were left smiling Dec. 20, when shares of the defense and aerospace conglomerate jumped more than 14 percent following an encouraging bit of acquisition news from the folks over at the Financial Times. Navy orders more JSOW Glide Bombs from Raytheon - The Department of Defense…

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News Briefs December 23, 2013

Posted December 24, 2013 by

NATO begins SOFA negotiations with Afghanistan NATO began Status of Forces Agreement negotiations with the government of Afghanistan, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Adm. John Kirby said in a statement issued Dec. 21. Kirby’s statement reads as follows: “Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel was pleased to learn that NATO has begun negotiations with the Government of…

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Air Force photograph by Scott M. Ash
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Defense

Air Force’s newest leader takes charge

Posted December 24, 2013 by SSgt. David Salanitri

The Air Force’s 23rd Secretary of the Air Force was formally sworn in Dec. 20, in the Pentagon.

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U.S.

A look at the current $632.8 billion defense bill

Posted December 24, 2013 by AP

The comprehensive, $632.8 billion defense bill heading to President Barack Obama for his signature would crack down on sexual assault in the military, authorize combat pay for the troops and cover the cost of new ships, aircraft and weapons. A look at the legislation: * Authorizes $552.1 billion for the core budget, including $17.6 billion…

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Air Force photograph by SrA. Kayla Newman
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Defense

Bagram runway reopens, first F-16s arrive

Posted December 24, 2013 by SrA. Kayla Newman

Air Force photograph by SrA. Kayla Newman The first F-16 Fighting Falcon arrives Dec. 15, 2013, at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. The F-16s transitioned from Kandahar, Afghanistan, to Bagram once the main runway was renovated and extended to meet the demand of the different aircraft. The first of several F-16 Fighting Falcons arrived at Bagram Airfield,…

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