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VA offers dental insurance program

Posted November 25, 2013 by

The VA is partnering with Delta Dental and MetLife to allow eligible Veterans, plus family members receiving care under the Civilian Health and Medical Program, to purchase affordable dental insurance beginning Nov. 15, VA officials announced recenlty. “VA continues to explore innovative ways to help Veterans get access to the care and services they have…

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Headlines November 22, 2013

Posted November 22, 2013 by

News: U.S. has deal on Afghan pact before tribal leaders meet – U.S. and Afghan officials have reached an accord permitting some American forces to remain in Afghanistan after next year, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Nov. 21. Karzai lauds U.S. accord as Afghans debate keeping troops – Afghan President Hamid Karzai hailed a pact…

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Business

Baker’s dozen!

Posted November 22, 2013 by Thinh Nguyen

Lockheed Martin delivered its 13th C-5M Super Galaxy to the U.S. Air Force from its facilities in Marietta, Ga., Nov. 21. Maj. Gen. Kenneth D. Merchant, director, Global Reach Programs, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C., officially delivered aircraft tail number 85-0004 to the…

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Business

Raytheon delivers first High-Speed Anti-Radiation Missile Control Section Modification units

Posted November 22, 2013 by

Raytheon has delivered the first order of High-Speed Anti-Radiation Missile Control Section Modification upgrade units to the U.S. Air Force earlier this month. “HCSM improves mission effectiveness and significantly reduces the risk of collateral damage,” said Jack Roosa, HARM program director for Raytheon Missile Systems. “The HCSM upgrade to the previously fielded HARM inventory adds…

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Space

NASA spacecraft begins collecting lunar atmosphere data

Posted November 22, 2013 by

NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer is ready to begin collecting science data about the moon. On Nov. 20, the spacecraft successfully entered its planned orbit around the moon’s equator — a unique position allowing the small probe to make frequent passes from lunar day to lunar night. This will provide a full scope…

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Business

Lockheed Martin GPS III satellite successfully communicates with GPS constellation

Posted November 22, 2013 by

The Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] prototype of the next-generation Global Positioning System satellite, the GPS III, recently proved it was backward-compatible with the existing GPS satellite constellation in orbit.

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Business

Northrop Grumman selected for Air Force’s Joint Threat Emitter follow-on production program

Posted November 22, 2013 by

Northrop Grumman has been awarded a $219 million contract by the U.S. Air Force for the Joint Threat Emitter Follow-On Production program. The contract includes a $44 million initial award that includes foreign military sales. Under the terms of the program, Northrop Grumman will produce, test and deliver JTE first article production units. The company…

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Defense

New method of testing parachutes developed at China Lake

Posted November 22, 2013 by

Engineers and technicians from NAWCWD China Lake, Calif., and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. recently conducted the first demonstration of a new method of performing load tests on large parachutes.

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U.S.

Defense bill stalls over Democrat, GOP divide

Posted November 22, 2013 by Donna Cassata

A $625 billion defense bill that establishes military policy stalled in the Senate Nov. 20 as Democrats and Republicans struggled over how to move ahead on the massive measure. Republicans insist on an open process that would allow them to vote on amendments to the popular defense authorization bill that has become law every year…

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Business

Patriot performance excels in PAC-3 test firing

Posted November 22, 2013 by

Raytheon’s Patriot Air and Missile Defense System successfully test fired two Patriot Advanced Capability-3 missiles at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. The mission consisted of two single firings against single tactical ballistic missile representative targets. “Patriot’s successful track record is testament to its continual testing and evolution,” said Ralph Acaba, vice president for Integrated Air…

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