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Lockheed Martin completes major GPS III flight software milestone

Posted February 6, 2013 by

The Lockheed Martin team developing the U.S. Air Force’s next generation Global Position System III satellites has completed a key flight software milestone validating the software’s ability to provide reliable and effective command and control for the GPS III satellites planned for launch into orbit. The GPS III program will affordably replace aging GPS satellites,…

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Air Force increases projected KC-46 flying hours, crew ratio

Posted February 6, 2013 by MSgt. Jess D. Harvey

The Air Force has increased planned life-cycle flying hours and aircrews assigned to the new KC-46A refueling tanker to make optimal use of the commercially-proven aircraft’s fuel efficiency, cargo and aeromedical evacuation capabilities. Compared to the Eisenhower-era KC-135 Stratotanker, the KC-46 is projected to have improved fuel efficiency, a greater fuel capacity, and much more…

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Northrop Grumman Foundation, Robotics Education & Competition Foundation to create new robotics teams worldwide

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The Robotics Education & Competition Foundation and the Northrop Grumman Foundation today announced a partnership to establish 200 new VEX Robotics Competition teams in locations worldwide and support the program’s outreach. In addition, the partnership will support the VEX Robotics Competition World Championship in Anaheim, Calif., April 17-20, an event that will attract more than…

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New water jets could propel LCS to greater speeds

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The Navy’s fifth Littoral Combat Ship, Milwaukee, will be the first to benefit from new high-power density water jets aimed at staving off rudder and propeller damage experienced on high-speed ships. The product of an Office of Naval Research Future Naval Capabilities program, the waterjets arrived last month at the Marinette Marine shipyard in Wisconsin,…

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Javelin demonstrates extended range capability in recent tests

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The Raytheon and Lockheed Martin Javelin Joint Venture recently demonstrated the ability of the Javelin missile to engage targets beyond its current maximum range requirements during a series of tests at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. During the U.S. Army tests, the Javelin system acquired and engaged targets up to 4,750 meters. “These tests prove…

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Economy, military shape U.S. Iran strategy

Posted February 6, 2013 by Steven R. Hurst

President Barack Obama may have to decide this year whether to use military force to fulfill his vow to prevent Iran from being able to build nuclear weapons, foreign policy experts say. But America’s economic and military realities argue intensely against attacking the Islamic republic and for muddling through by, perhaps, further tightening sanctions that…

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Drone Strike Limitations Considered By Congress After Justice Department Memo Surfaces

Posted February 6, 2013 by Lara Jakes

Uncomfortable with the Obama administration’s use of deadly drones, a growing number in Congress is looking to limit America’s authority to kill suspected terrorists, even U.S. citizens. The Democratic-led outcry was emboldened by the revelation in a newly surfaced Justice Department memo that shows drones can strike against a wider range of threats, with less…

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Headlines: February 4, 2013

Posted February 5, 2013 by

News Boeing sues Sea Launch partners for $350 million Boeing has sued its Russian and Ukrainian partners in satellite launch service Sea Launch, saying they refused to pay it more than $350 million following the joint-venture’s bankruptcy filing in 2009.     Business Pratt & Whitney seals F-35 engine deal with Pentagon Pratt & Whitney,…

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News Briefs February 4, 2013

Posted February 5, 2013 by

Navy sets cost controls at Maine sub shipyard A U.S. Navy admiral says new cost-control measures will impact Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. Foster’s Daily Democrat says Adm. Jonathan Greenert, chief of naval operations, wrote in a Jan. 25 memo that the Navy is looking to reduce “base operating support” by 10 percent in the coming year….

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Army must complete analysis before opening jobs to women

Posted February 5, 2013 by C. Todd Lopez

Last month, the Secretary of Defense announced an end to the Direct Ground Combat Exclusion Rule for female soldiers. But the Army wants commanders in the field to know that it will be some time before they'll be able to make any changes in their units.

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