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Service chiefs ask Congress for fiscal help

Posted March 6, 2013 by Karen Parrish

The senior officers from the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force asked Congress March 5 for more spending flexibility so they can maintain military readiness as the sequester’s across-the-board budget cuts take effect. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James…

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Business

UTC Aerospace Systems to provide the nacelle systems for the Second Generation Embraer E-Jets

Posted March 6, 2013 by

UTC Aerospace Systems has been chosen by Pratt & Whitney as the exclusive nacelle provider for both engine models for Embraer’s new Second Generation E-Jet aircraft. The nacelle systems will be provided by the Aerostructures business unit headquartered in Chula Vista, Calif. The Embraer Second Generation E-Jets will be equipped with Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower®…

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Time now to get smart on sequestration, furlough

Posted March 6, 2013 by Debbie Gildea

Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta notified Congress recently that should sequestration occur, the Department of Defense will initiate furlough for its 800,000-plus civilian employees. Congressional notification is required at least 45 days from a planned furlough, with implementation anticipated for late April, Air Force officials said. “The potential for sequestration-driven furlough continues to be a…

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Space

MEXSAT Bicentenario satellite completes on-orbit testing

Posted March 6, 2013 by

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – The MEXSAT Bicentenario satellite, built by Boeing partner Orbital Sciences Corporation, has completed on-orbit testing and has been accepted by the customer, the first step to establishing a space-based communications network that will markedly improve Mexico’s satellite communications capabilities. The Secretaria de Comunicaciones y Transportes (Secretary of Communications and Transportation) of…

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Business

Wyle wins NASA contract valued at nearly $2 billion over 10 years

Posted March 6, 2013 by

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Wyle has been awarded a contract valued at nearly $1.76 billion over a 10-year span to provide comprehensive health, safety, science and engineering support to NASA human space flight missions supporting the International Space Station, Orion, commercial space initiatives and exploration human systems development. Called the Human Health and Performance Contract,…

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Sequestration to affect DOD schools, commissaries

Posted March 6, 2013 by Jim Garamone

Civilian personnel at Department of Defense Education Activity schools and the Defense Commissary Agency will be affected by sequestration, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said here today. The department will struggle to ensure DODEA – which serves 84,000 students at 194 schools – maintains an accredited school year, Little said. “We’re mindful that we need…

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World

North Koreans threaten to nullify 1953 armistice agreement

Posted March 6, 2013 by Jim Garamone

North Korea has threatened to nullify the armistice that ended the 1950-53 Korean War. The North Korean rhetoric appears to be in response to threatened United Nations sanctions that may be put in place following the Feb. 12 North Korean test of a nuclear weapon, DOD officials said. The North Korean Central News Agency quoted…

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Space

Boeing to offer Inmarsat-4 satellite communications bandwidth to commercial customers

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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Responding to global demand for mobile satellite communications bandwidth, Boeing has been certified by Inmarsat to offer commercial customers a variety of capabilities – including 3G, Voice over Internet Protocol, streaming video, direct dialing and secure communications – through Inmarsat’s Inmarsat-4 L-band service. Boeing Commercial Satellite Services, a unit of Boeing…

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Veterans

Senate appoints four members to QDR panel

Posted March 6, 2013 by by Donna Miles

Retired Marine Corps Gen. James E. Cartwright, former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Michele Flournoy, former undersecretary of defense for policy, are among four appointments to the Quadrennial Defense Review’s independent panel the Senate Armed Services Committee announced March 5. Also named to the panel were retired Air Force Gen. Gregory…

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Locklear: Budget uncertainty threatens Asia-Pacific rebalance

Posted March 6, 2013 by Donna Miles

Sequestration and budget uncertainties are already impacting U.S. Pacific Command’s operations and loom “like an avalanche” that could ultimately undermine the U.S. rebalance to Asia-Pacific in accordance with the new U.S. strategic guidance, the top commander in the region told Congress March 5. Navy Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III told the House Armed Services Committee…

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