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AF acquisition chief nominee testifies

Posted January 17, 2014 by Ed Gulick

Dr. Bill LaPlante testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee Jan. 16 during his nomination hearing to be the next assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition.

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Boeing starts assembly of final KC-46A test aircraft

Posted January 17, 2014 by

Boeing is assembling the fourth and final KC-46A test aircraft for the U.S. Air Force’s next-generation aerial refueling tanker program at the company’s Everett factory, keeping the program on track to deliver the initial 18 tankers to the Air Force by 2017. “All four test aircraft are moving through production to support our transition to…

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NASA tests Orion spacecraft parachute jettison over Arizona

Posted January 17, 2014 by

Engineers testing the parachute system for NASA’s Orion spacecraft increased the complexity of their tests Jan. 16, adding the jettison of hardware designed to keep the capsule safe during flight. The test was the first to give engineers in-air data on the performance of the system that jettisons Orion’s forward bay cover. The cover is…

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Dempsey makes case for slowing manpower costs

Posted January 17, 2014 by Jim Garamone

The Defense Department must slow the growth of its manpower costs to avoid a crisis in the future, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey said earlier this week. The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told NPR’s Tom Bowman that if military manpower and personnel costs continue growing at current levels there won’t be money…

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NASA’s Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel releases annual report

Posted January 17, 2014 by

The Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel, an advisory committee that reports to NASA and Congress, has released its 2013 annual report examining NASA’s safety performance over the past year and highlighting issues and concerns to agency and government officials. The report released Jan. 15 is based on the panel’s 2013 fact-finding and quarterly public meetings; “insight”…

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Headlines – January 15, 2014

Posted January 15, 2014 by

News: Navy divers recover remains of missing MH-53E pilot – Navy divers searching the wreckage of the MH-53E “Sea Dragon” recovered the remains of missing pilot, Lt. Sean Christopher Snyder Jan. 14.  War funding climbs in omnibus bill for first time since 2010 – A massive U.S. government spending bill introduced Jan. 13 evening would ramp up…

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Forecast International views emerging African arms market favorable for both international, African defense companies

Posted January 15, 2014 by

Over the next decade, the gross domestic product among African countries is expected to rise by an average of 6 percent a year, according to Forecast International. This concrete and sustainable growth will allow for ample economic opportunities on the continent. For defense companies, this means that Africa is starting to evolve into an attractive…

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Predator-series aircraft pivotal to search, rescue missions

Posted January 15, 2014 by

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. announced Jan. 15 that MQ-1 Predator® and Predator B/MQ-9 Reaper RPA successfully supported local law enforcement officials in their efforts to find a missing mountain biker who was stranded and injured in the Lincoln National Forest in New Mexico last October. GAASI is a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft,…

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Lockheed Martin completes critical milestone to upgrade Navy’s electronic warfare defenses

Posted January 15, 2014 by

Lockheed Martin recently completed a milestone test on the U.S. Navy’s evolutionary Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program Block 2 system. This test further validated the system’s ability to protect the Navy’s fleet from evolving anti-ship missile threats. Under SEWIP Block 2, Lockheed Martin will upgrade the AN/SLQ-32(V)2 system found on all U.S. aircraft carriers, cruisers,…

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Northrop Grumman awarded follow-on contract for U.S. Air Force’s GPS-challenged navigation, Geo-registration solution

Posted January 15, 2014 by

Northrop Grumman has been awarded a phase three navigation system related contract from the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory to continue improving geo-registration accuracy for positioning and pointing applications, even in GPS-denied conditions. In the first two phases of the Maintain Accurate Geo-registration via Image-nav Compensation program, Northrop Grumman integrated georegistration algorithms in a vision-aided…

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