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Northrop Grumman’s F-35 supplier in Australia proves capability in manufacture, delivery of high-grade advanced composite components

Posted May 13, 2013 by

Northrop Grumman’s largest F-35 Australian supplier – Quickstep Technologies Pty Ltd. of Bankstown, Australia – has demonstrated that its new production facility is equipped and qualified to manufacture and deliver quality composite parts for the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter center fuselage produced by Northrop Grumman. In June 2012, Quickstep opened its new facility…

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Defense

DOD Comptroller: Sequestration devastates U.S. military readiness

Posted May 13, 2013 by Cheryl Pellerin

WASHINGTON, D.C. - During a Senate hearing May 9 on President Barack Obama’s $9.5 billion military construction budget request for fiscal 2014, Defense Department Comptroller Robert F. Hale said the severe and abrupt budget cuts imposed by sequestration are devastating the U.S. armed forces. Hale and John Conger, acting deputy undersecretary of defense for installations and…

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Lockheed Martin’s JASSM® Extended Range successfully completes IOT&E flight testing

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Lockheed Martin’s Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile® Extended Range successfully completed U.S. Air Force Initial Operational Test and Evaluation flight testing, scoring 20 successes in 21 flights, a success rate of 95 percent. The JASSM-ER missiles demonstrated their effectiveness against a wide variety of operationally representative targets. The missiles were employed in all of the operational…

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World

Karzai says U.S. can have nine Afghan bases after 2014

Posted May 13, 2013 by by Kathy Gannon

Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who has irked Washington with his frequent criticism of American military operations in his country, said May 9 that his government is now ready to let the U.S. have nine bases across Afghanistan after most foreign troops withdraw in 2014. A border spat with Pakistan and a desire to test public…

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Veterans

Prince Harry places wreath at Tomb of Unknowns

Posted May 13, 2013 by by Terri Moon Cronk

Britain's Prince Harry received a 21-gun salute May 10 when his motorcade arrived at Arlington National Cemetery, where he placed a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns.

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Commentary

Is there a morale crisis in the U.S. nuclear force?

Posted May 13, 2013 by Robert Burns

Beyond the U.S. Air Force’s embarrassing suspension of 17 nuclear missile launch officers lie two broader questions. Do those entrusted with the world’s most destructive weapons feel stuck in a dead-end career field, given the momentum toward more nuclear arms reductions? And is there a morale crisis among these officers? This matters because the missiles…

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Sikorsky S-76D™ helicopter achieves certification in Mexico

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Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. announced May 13 that the S-76D™ helicopter has been awarded Type Certification by Mexico's civil aviation authority, the Direccion General de Aeronautica Civil.

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Headlines May 10, 2013

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Business Boeing aims to keep building F/A-18 jets through 2020 Boeing could keep building its Super Hornet fighter jet and a modified electronic attack version through 2020, the company said, given prospects for over 200 foreign sales and what it sees as up to 150 more sales to the U.S. Navy. Bombardier says CSeries on…

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Space

NASA wins prestigious aerospace industry awards

Posted May 10, 2013 by

Two prominent aerospace industry organizations are recognizing the contributions of NASA, especially the achievements of the team that landed NASA’s Curiosity rover on Mars in August, with coveted awards. The National Aeronautic Association will presented its Robert J. Collier Trophy to the Mars Science Laboratory Team of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., at…

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Space

Aerojet delivers final Orion EFT-1 crew module reaction control system pod assembly

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Aerojet, a GenCorp company, announced May 8 that the final Crew Module Reaction Control System pod assembly for NASA’s Orion spacecraft’s Exploration Flight Test-1 has arrived at the Operations and Checkout Building at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Aerojet’s CM RCS pods will provide the full complement of primary and redundant control required for…

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