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Defense

Aircraft deploy to California to aid firefighting effort

Posted August 31, 2013 by

The U.S. Forest Service, through the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho, has ordered the three MAFFS aircraft operating at the Boise Air Tanker Base moved to McClellan Air Tanker base near Sacramento, Calif., to assist the wildland firefighting effort in the western United States.

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Business

Northrop Grumman awarded Navy performance based logistics contract

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Northrop Grumman has received a Performance Based Logistics contract from Naval Supply Systems Command Weapon Systems Support, to continue its 24/7 support of the U.S. Navy fleet for three shipboard systems. Under the not-to-exceed $24.8 million one-year contract, Northrop Grumman will provide 150 PBL repair assembly kits and spare parts for the WSN-7 ring laser…

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Space

NASA’s Chandra Observatory catches giant black hole rejecting material

Posted August 31, 2013 by

Astronomers using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory have taken a major step in explaining why material around the giant black hole at the center of the Milky Way Galaxy is extraordinarily faint in X-rays. This discovery holds important implications for understanding black holes.

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Business

F-35 Joint Program Office, Pratt & Whitney announce F-35 contract

Posted August 31, 2013 by

The U.S. Department of Defense and Pratt & Whitney have reached an agreement in principle for a production contract for the sixth lot of F135 propulsion systems to power the F-35 Lightning II, which continues a reduction in costs associated with engine production. The low rate initial production contract covers 38 total engines, including program…

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Navy saves plants from extinction

Posted August 31, 2013 by PO2 Shawnte Bryan

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced they will be reclassifying two plants from endangered to threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The San Clemente Island lotus and the SCI paintbrush are two names that you nearly never heard again, unless you were talking about dinosaurs and dodo birds. The lotus and paintbrush were…

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Tech

Promoting small business for basic research tech transfer

Posted August 31, 2013 by Molly Lachance

Aug. 20, the Basic Research Innovation and Collaboration Center, a partnership between the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and the Virginia Tech Applied Research Corporation, hosted a Basic Research Small Business Interchange in Arlington, Va.

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Army’s manufacturing improvements yield lighter body armor

Posted August 31, 2013 by by Dan Lafontaine

  Soldiers facing rugged terrain and extreme temperatures are continually searching for ways to reduce the weight of their gear. In a search for solutions to this persistent issue, U.S. Army scientists and engineers have preliminarily demonstrated body armor that is 10 percent lighter through new manufacturing processes. The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering…

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Business

AAR to design, build mobile subsystems for Raytheon

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AAR has won a contract to design and build Transportable/Mobile Subsystems for Raytheon’s Integrated Defense Systems in support of a Raytheon C4I Systems customer. Integrated Technologies will integrate the Transportable/Mobile Subsystems using ISO shelters built by AAR Mobility in Cadillac, Mich. The mobile C4I systems, comprised of command control, communications, computers and intelligence, will provide…

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Veterans

Judge: VA can’t deny benefits to lesbian Army vet

Posted August 31, 2013 by AP

A judge in Los Angeles ruled Aug 29 that a lesbian Army veteran and her spouse should be entitled to disability benefits given the recent Supreme Court ruling that struck down part of the Defense of Marriage Act. U.S. District Judge Consuelo Marshall said that a federal code defining a spouse as a person of…

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Airmen perform first weapons load verfication on F-35A

Posted August 31, 2013 by Lt. j.g. Lisa Lill

After months of preparation the weapons troop Standardization Load Crew from the 33rd Maintenance Group performed the first munitions load verification on the F-35A Lightning II at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Aug. 27.

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