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News: U.S. military commandos made it to Benghazi – Masked from public view, two of the U.S. military’s elite special operations commandos have been awarded medals for bravery for a mission that further undercuts the Obama administration’s original story about the Benghazi tragedy.   Business: Boeing said to near 777X order haul of up to $87…

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News Briefs October 31, 2013

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U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,150 As of Oct. 29, 2013, at least 2,150 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 1,782 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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Boeing delivers 12th production P-8A Poseidon Aircraft to U.S. Navy

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Boeing delivered the 12th production P-8A Poseidon on schedule on Oct. 25, enhancing the long-range maritime patrol capabilities of the U.S. Navy. The P-8A departed Boeing Field in Seattle for Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla., where it joined the other Poseidon aircraft being used to train Navy crews. The aircraft is the sixth from the…

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Business

Lockheed Martin receives contract for helicopter search, rescue training simulators

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Lockheed Martin has received a $113 million contract from the U.S. Air Force to design, develop, field and sustain aircrew training devices for HH-60G Pave Hawk search and rescue helicopters. Under the contract, Lockheed Martin will deliver eight HH-60G training simulators, spares and logistics support to the U.S. Air Force as part of the Pave…

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Army looks to blend cyber, electronic warfare capabilities on battlefield

Posted October 31, 2013 by Kristen Kushiyama

U.S. Army scientists and engineers continue to define next-generation protocols and system architectures to help develop technology capabilities to combat these threats in an integrated and expedited fashion.

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Business

Jobs top issue in Pratt & Whitney-Machinists talks

Posted October 31, 2013 by Stephen Singer

As jet engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney and the Machinists Union begin negotiations Oct. 31 for a new contract governing pay, benefits, work rules and other conditions, the top issue will be jobs. Neither company nor union representatives would discuss the issues expected to dominate negotiations. But union officials have said they may not recommend…

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Northrop Grumman receives $43 million to retrofit Joint STARS Fleet

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The U.S. Air Force awarded Northrop Grumman a $43 million contract to retrofit the E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (Joint STARS) aircraft, trainers and laboratories. The contract has options for an additional three years to complete retrofit of the entire fleet. The contract replaces computers in both the operator work stations and radar…

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Aviano AB F-16 accident report released

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U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa officials released the results of their investigation into the Jan. 28 crash of an F-16 Fighting Falcon over the Adriatic Sea, resulting in the death of the pilot on board. At the conclusion of the investigation, the board president, Brig. Gen. Derek P. Rydholm, found clear…

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Space

Dream Chaser landing gear failure spoils first free flight test

Posted October 31, 2013 by Raphael Jaffe

The first glitch in a successful program to qualify the Sierra Nevada Dream Chaser as a Space Station crew taxi vehicle happened March 26. The Dream Chaser engineering test article was released from an Erickson Sky Crane helicopter at 12,500 feet. The unmanned prototype followed its automated flight programs perfectly, first diving at 50 degrees,…

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Veterans

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall and ceremonies coming to Palmdale Amphitheater

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Point Man Antelope Valley and the City of Palmdale will present the Mobile Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall for the Antelope Valley on display Nov. 7 through Nov. 12 at 8 a.m. at the Palmdale Amphitheater. The public will have 24 hour a day access to the AV Wall while it is on display. An opening…

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