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Space

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

Posted September 6, 2013 by

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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Tech

A Multiview of the Intelligence World

Posted September 6, 2013 by Robert White, Ph.D.

The Air Force Office of Scientific Research has been involved with various aspects of computer security ever since the idea of computer networking was being discussed. Recently, AFOSR funding was critical to the successful development of a groundbreaking effort, called MultiView, which is a component of the SecureView platform that allows an intelligence analyst the…

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Defense

Forest Service ends military firefighting aircraft activation

Posted September 6, 2013 by

Officials from the U.S. Forest Service, through the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho, have decided to end current military C-130 Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System operations as of the end of the day Sept. 5. MAFFS aircraft and crews remain available for recall if the wildland fire situation dictates, U.S. Northern Command officials said….

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Veterans

Feds won’t enforce same-sex veterans law

Posted September 6, 2013 by Pete Yost

The Obama administration said Wednesday it will stop enforcing a law that blocks benefits to partners of military veterans in same-sex marriages. In a letter to congressional leaders, Attorney General Eric Holder said that a provision in federal law on benefits to veterans and their families defines “spouse” to mean a person of the opposite…

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Business

Delta announces order for 40 Airbus aircraft

Posted September 6, 2013 by

Delta Air Lines announced plans Sept. 4 to purchase 40 Airbus aircraft for delivery between 2015 and 2017. The order, which comprises 10 international widebody A330-300 and 30 large domestic narrowbody A321 jets, is the latest step in Delta’s prudent fleet renewal to enhance profitability while diligently managing capacity. “This Airbus agreement is another opportunistic…

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Defense

B-2 undergoes comm upgrade

Posted September 6, 2013 by A1C Joseph Raatz

After a 20-year wait, the B-2 Spirit will receive a significant new communications upgrade.

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Defense

500th electronic tester delivered, Robins plays key part

Posted September 6, 2013 by Jenny Gordon

Robins Air Force Base, Ga., plays a vital role in managing and sustaining electronic warfare capabilities onboard weapon systems platforms across the Department of Defense. That includes management and software maintenance for the Joint Service Electronic Combat Systems Tester, which recently celebrated the delivery of its 500th unit. JSECST troubleshoots and tests electronic warfare systems…

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Local

Virgin Galactic flexes SpaceShipTwo’s unique feather mechanism in second supersonic flight

Posted September 6, 2013 by

Sept. 5, Virgin Galactic, the world’s first commercial spaceline owned by Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group and Abu Dhabi's aabar Investments PJS, successfully completed the second rocket-powered, supersonic flight of its passenger carrying reusable space vehicle, SpaceShipTwo.

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Business

UTC names new Pratt & Whitney president: Paul Adams to succeed David Hess

Posted September 6, 2013 by

United Technologies Corp. announced Sept. 3 that Paul R. Adams, currently chief operating officer of Pratt & Whitney, will succeed David P. Hess as president of Pratt & Whitney on Jan. 1, 2014, when Hess retires. Adams will report to UTC Propulsion & Aerospace Systems President & Chief Executive Officer Alain M. Bellemare. “I am…

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Veterans

VA focuses national attention on Suicide Prevention Month 2013

Posted September 6, 2013 by

In recognition of September as Suicide Prevention Month, the Department of Veterans Affairs is mobilizing people and organizations nationwide to support Veterans in crisis and spread the word about VA mental health services. Throughout the month, VA suicide prevention coordinators at all 151 VA medical centers will organize community events, host health fairs, lead training…

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