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Defense

Study assesses physical demands for combat arms

Posted March 14, 2014 by Lisa Ferdinando

In full gear, Sgt. Shawanna Washington moved ammunition, loaded mortar rounds into a gun tube, moved agilely as if under enemy fire, and completed other physically demanding tasks of a Soldier on the battlefield.

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Space

Northrop Grumman begins integrating antennas for fourth Advanced EHF communications payload

Posted March 14, 2014 by

Two downlink antennas that are the fastest of their kind to operate in space are being integrated into the protected communications payload built by Northrop Grumman for the fourth Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite. The company delivered the Super High Frequency Array Unit (SAU), as the antennas are called, in early March to AEHF system…

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Business

Lockheed Martin researchers achieve breakthrough in robotics for space exploration

Posted March 14, 2014 by

In a breakthrough that will help make it possible for astronauts and robots to work together in deep space, researchers at the Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center, working with NASA astronauts aboard the International Space Station, have demonstrated coordinated control of robots in space by astronauts in space and operators on the ground. The breakthrough…

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Headlines – March 10, 2014

Posted March 10, 2014 by

News: DOD budget: Expect big changes in five-year spending priorities – Just before Maj. Gen. Jim Martin, the U.S. Air Force budget director, walked into the Pentagon briefing room on March 4, an aide slipped him a note.  Boeing reports wing cracks on 787 Dreamliners in production – Boeing said March 7 that “hairline cracks” had been…

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Business

Northrop Grumman G/ATOR system receives authorization to enter low-rate initial production phase

Posted March 10, 2014 by

On Jan. 24, the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research Development and Acquisition approved the AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar program for Low Rate Initial Production at a Department of Defense acquisition event known as Milestone C. Northrop is the G/ATOR system prime contractor. “G/ATOR has demonstrated operational capabilities that will fundamentally change how…

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Air Force officials announce fiscal 2015 force structure changes

Posted March 10, 2014 by

Air Force officials released force structure changes March 10 resulting from the fiscal year 2015 President’s Budget announced March 4. To ensure the service successfully transitions to a leaner force that remains ready, the Air Force plans to remove almost 500 aircraft across the inventories of all three components over the next five years. “The…

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World

U.S. will beef up air operations in Poland

Posted March 10, 2014 by Jim Garamone

More U.S. F-16 Fighting Falcons will deploy to Poland in the coming days and weeks, a Pentagon official said March 10. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Polish Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak spoke yesterday, and Siemoiniak thanked the secretary for looking at options for basing, said Army Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman. “No decision [have been…

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Business

Lockheed Martin-led team demonstrates interoperability with legacy, stealth fighters

Posted March 10, 2014 by

Lockheed Martin and a select industry team with support from key government agencies, recently used a series of flight tests at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., to demonstrate how an open systems architecture can enable improved interoperability between next generation and legacy fighter aircraft. The flight tests concluded a year-long independently funded research and development…

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Space

Orbital introduces the GEOStar-3 commercial communications satellite platform

Posted March 10, 2014 by

Orbital Sciences Corporation, one of the world’s leading space technology companies, March 10 introduced its GEOStar-3TM satellite platform, stating the program is now ready for delivery to commercial satellite operators on production schedules of 24 to 27 months.  The medium-class GEOStar-3 platform is an extension of Orbital’s highly successful small-class GEOStar-2 bus that has led…

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Headlines – March 7, 2014

Posted March 7, 2014 by

News: DOD proposes revolutionary changes in retirement benefits – After years of silence on the intensely controversial issue of military retirement reform, the Pentagon on Thursday unveiled a detailed proposal for fundamental, far-reaching changes to the current pension system, Military Times has learned.  Senate rejects overhaul of military’s handling of sexual assaults – The Senate agreed March…

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