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Headlines September 6, 2013

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News: U.S. has bombs designed to ‘vaporize’ chemical, biological weapons -  If the United States takes part in a military strike on Syria, the Air Force will likely be using bombs designed specifically for the destruction of chemical and biological weapons. If successful, these weapons would “vaporize” stockpiles of deadly agents and stop any particles from…

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News Briefs September 6, 2013

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Vermont F-35 opponents ask city to block planes Opponents of a proposal that could base F-35 fighter planes at Vermont’s Burlington International Airport want city officials to refuse to allow the plane to be based there. The airport is located in South Burlington, but it is owned by Burlington. Opponents say the Burlington City Council…

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Pratt & Whitney signs exclusive maintenance agreement with Transaero Airlines

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Pratt & Whitney, a United Technologies Corp. company, has signed an exclusive eight-year maintenance services agreement with Transaero Airlines to provide engine overhaul services on the airline’s fleet of PW4000-112″ engines. The agreement is expected to be worth approximately $55 million over its life. Under the terms of the agreement, Pratt & Whitney will provide…

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CNO details Navy’s fiscal 2014 budget realities

Posted September 6, 2013 by Jim Garamone

Even without the uncertainty caused by budget negotiations, it will take years for the Navy to recover from the effects of sequestration, the chief of naval operations told an audience at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington Sept 5.

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Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey deploys refueling equipment in flight test

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The Bell Boeing V-22 Program, a strategic alliance between Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. and Boeing, has successfully completed an initial test of the V-22 Osprey performing as an aerial refueling tanker.

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Official predicts bleak budget picture for fiscal 2014

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Budget pressures mean defense acquisition workers’ lives “are going to stay difficult for a while,” their chief told the workforce at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., this week, but he reminded them that they have a critical mission for the country. Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, visited here Sept….

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NASA selects top 96 asteroid initiative ideas

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NASA has chosen 96 ideas it regards as most promising from more than 400 submitted in response to its June request for information about protecting Earth from asteroids and finding an asteroid humans can explore. The ideas provide the agency with fresh insight into how best to identify, capture and relocate a near-Earth asteroid for…

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Raytheon’s SeaVue XMC showcases innovative maritime radar solutions

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Raytheon has completed successful test and demonstration flights of the SeaVue XMC (eXpanded Mission Capability) maritime surveillance radar in Australia. The flights have been conducted during the last year in coordination with the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service. As part of the Australian Border Protection program’s technology refresh initiative, an Australian Customs Dash 8…

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JLTV testing begins, program on schedule, budget

Posted September 6, 2013 by David Vergun

Full-pace, full-scope testing of the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle prototypes began Sept. 3 and will last for 14 months.

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Lockheed Martin-built A2100 satellites: More than 400 cumulative years in orbit, and counting

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The Lockheed Martin A2100 communications satellite series has achieved a major milestone by achieving over 400 cumulative years of successful, in-orbit operations. “The versatile and configurable A2100 common platform offers both our commercial and government customers reduced cost and risk while ensuring mission success, high reliability and outstanding sustained performance,” said Linda Reiners, president of…

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