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Defense

DOD looks 25 years ahead in unmanned vehicle roadmap

Posted December 28, 2013 by Jim Garamone

Strategy and budget realities are two aspects of the Defense Department's new Unmanned Systems Integrated Roadmap, released Dec. 23.

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Business

Raytheon awarded $80.5 million from U.S. Navy for Joint Standoff Weapon

Posted December 28, 2013 by

Raytheon has received an $80.5 million modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement of 200 full rate production Lot 10 AGM-154C-1 Joint Standoff Weapons. The contract also includes associated support equipment and one performance characterization test. JSOW provides growth and threat adaptation opportunities for current and future customers, and interoperates with several…

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Space

NASA, JAXA announce launch date for global precipitation satellite

Posted December 28, 2013 by

Environmental research and weather forecasting are about to get a significant technology boost as NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency prepare to launch a new satellite in February. NASA and JAXA selected 1:07 p.m. to 3:07 p.m., EST, Feb. 27 as the launch date and launch window for a Japanese H-IIA rocket carrying the…

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Business

Lockheed Martin team moves forward in ‘elite eight’ following DARPA robotics challenge trials

Posted December 28, 2013 by

Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Laboratories recently completed the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Robotics Challenge trials at the Homestead-Miami Speedway in Florida. The Lockheed Martin-led team, which includes the University of Pennsylvania and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, guided an Atlas humanoid robot through a number of tasks designed to simulate disaster response scenarios. Lockheed Martin is…

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Defense

Eight teams earn DARPA funds for 2014 robotics finals

Posted December 28, 2013 by Cheryl Pellerin

Eight robots took their first steps into the future, Dec. 21, 2013, at a racetrack complex near Miami, one that scientists at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency envisioned for them as the world watched the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster unfold in 2011.

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Business

Beechcraft to be bought by Cessna parent company

Posted December 28, 2013 by AP

Cessna Aircraft parent company Textron Inc. said Dec. 26 it will buy Beechcraft Corp. for approximately $1.4 billion, a deal that would combine two mainstays of Wichita’s general aviation industry. The announcement by Providence, R.I.,-based Textron caps a year that saw Beechcraft emerge from bankruptcy largely freed from debt and its unprofitable Hawker business jet…

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Business

Raytheon names Rebecca Rhoads president of Global Business Services

Posted December 28, 2013 by

Raytheon announced Dec. 20 that Rebecca R. Rhoads has been named president of the company’s Global Business Services group, effective immediately. Rhoads, a vice president of Raytheon Company, will remain the company’s chief information officer. The GBS group was established in January 2013 to expand common business operations across the company’s enterprise service delivery areas,…

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Space

U.S. Air Force selects Raytheon’s high-bandwidth satellite terminal for secure, protected communications

Posted December 28, 2013 by

Raytheon, the only provider of fielded Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite terminals that protect the military’s most sensitive information, was chosen by the U.S. Air Force under a $134,399,631 contract to develop a terminal that transmits emergency messages to aircrews during nuclear and non-nuclear missions. The Global Aircrew Strategic Network Terminal is part of the…

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Veterans

TRICARE retiree dental program open for new enrollment

Posted December 28, 2013 by

The TRICARE Retiree Dental Program offers comprehensive dental coverage to all enrolled members. Available to retired service members and their family, retired National Guard and Reserve members and their family, Medal of Honor recipients, their family and survivors, TRDP is currently open for enrollment. TRDP covers diagnostic and preventive services, like exams and cleanings at…

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Headlines December 23, 2013

Posted December 24, 2013 by

Business: Why acquiring Beechcraft would be great for Textron, Inc. – Textron investors were left smiling Dec. 20, when shares of the defense and aerospace conglomerate jumped more than 14 percent following an encouraging bit of acquisition news from the folks over at the Financial Times. Navy orders more JSOW Glide Bombs from Raytheon – The Department of Defense…

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