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Navy to christen first mobile landing platform

Posted March 1, 2013 by

The Navy will christen the Mobile Landing Platform Montford Point March 2, during a 10 a.m., PST, ceremony in San Diego, Calif.

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World

Air Force awards light air support aircraft contract

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The Air Force Feb. 27 awarded a $427,459,708.00 contract to Sierra Nevada Corp. to provide light air support aircraft and associated maintenance and training for the Afghan air force. Under this contract, 20 aircraft are scheduled to be delivered to operational air bases in Afghanistan beginning in the summer of 2014 to conduct advanced flight…

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Tech

NASA begins flight research campaign using alternate jet fuel

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NASA researchers have begun a series of flights using the agency’s DC-8 flying laboratory to study the effects of alternate biofuel on engine performance, emissions and aircraft-generated contrails at altitude. The Alternative Fuel Effects on Contrails and Cruise Emissions (ACCESS) research involves flying the DC-8 as high as 40,000 feet while an instrumented NASA Falcon…

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Defense

Cuts, unstable budget threaten intelligence mission

Posted March 1, 2013 by Cheryl Pellerin

Along with al Qaeda, nuclear proliferation and cyber threats, budget instability and the prospect of further deep spending cuts are among the nation’s most pressing national security challenges, top defense intelligence officials told a congressional panel Feb. 27. Michael G. Vickers, undersecretary of defense for intelligence, and Defense Intelligence Agency Director Army Lt. Gen. Michael…

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Business

Lockheed Martin strengthens ties with small, diverse suppliers through new channel

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Suppliers are critical to success at Lockheed Martin, yet they are often the first impacted in a challenging economy. In order to strengthen the company’s interaction with these small businesses and provide them additional opportunities, Lockheed Martin has introduced a supplier-focused website called Supplier Wire (http://www.lockheedmartin.com/supplierwire). Supplier Wire offers a wide range of educational resources,…

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Veterans

Valor Website now includes pre-9/11 Medal of Honor recipients

Posted March 1, 2013 by Claudette Roulo

The names of Medal of Honor recipients recognized for their battlefield valor before Sept. 11, 2001, now are listed on the Defense Department’s valor website, Pentagon officials announced Feb. 28. “Recognizing our brave men and women for their heroic actions is one of the most important things we can do as a department,” said Vee…

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Space

NASA’s Van Allen probes reveal a new radiation belt around Earth

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NASA’s Van Allen Probes mission has discovered a previously unknown third radiation belt around Earth, revealing the existence of unexpected structures and processes within these hazardous regions of space. Previous observations of Earth’s Van Allen belts have long documented two distinct regions of trapped radiation surrounding our planet. Particle detection instruments aboard the twin Van…

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Business

Airbus parent EADS sees fourth quarter earnings halve

Posted March 1, 2013 by Frank Jordans

Airbus parent company EADS NV posted a 47 percent drop in fourth-quarter net profit Feb. 27 after taking costly charges at its helicopter and defense electronics divisions. The aerospace giant recorded a (euro) 325 million ($425 million) net profit in the October-December period, down from the previous year’s (euro) 612 million. But for the full…

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Headlines: February 27, 2013

Posted February 27, 2013 by

News Pentagon F-35 program chief lashes Lockheed, Pratt & Whitney The Pentagon program chief for the F-35 slammed its commercial partners Lockheed Martin and Pratt & Whitney Feb. 27, accusing them of trying to “squeeze every nickel” out of the U.S. government and failing to see the long-term benefits of the project. Pratt rules out…

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Business

General Dynamics awarded $224 million by U.S. Army for Hydra-70 rocket program

Posted February 27, 2013 by

General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products recently was awarded two contracts by the U.S. Army including $210.4 million for the production of Hydra-70 air-to-ground rockets and $13.5 million for engineering services in support of the Hydra-70 rocket program. General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products is a business unit of General Dynamics. The Army Contracting Command…

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