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Headlines: February 25, 2013

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Business Lockheed: Lithium-ion battery not involved in F-35 smoke incident Lockheed Martin said Feb. 25 there was no evidence that a lithium-ion battery contributed to a Feb. 14 incident that caused smoke in the cockpit of an F-35 test plane. Australia: Grounding, budget woes cloud F-35 warplane sales push in Australia This year’s second grounding…

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First littoral combat ship to deploy in March

Posted February 25, 2013 by PO1 Jen Blake

During a media availability Feb. 21, Navy officials announced the littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) is on track to begin its first deployment March 1. This milestone was announced by the LCS Council, a group established by Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert Aug. 22, to oversee continued fleet testing and the…

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Air Force awards Lockheed Martin contracts to being work on next set of GPS III satellites

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The U.S. Air Force has awarded Lockheed Martin two fixed-price contracts totaling $120 million to procure long lead parts for the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth next generation Global Positioning System satellites, known as GPS III. The GPS III program will affordably replace aging GPS satellites while improving capability to meet the evolving demands of…

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‘I’m a monster’: U.S. veterans feel ‘alone’ in guilt

Posted February 25, 2013 by Pualine Jelinek

A veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, former U.S. Marine Capt. Timothy Kudo thinks of himself as a killer – and he carries the guilt every day. “I can’t forgive myself,” he says. “And the people who can forgive me are dead.” With American troops at war for more than a decade, there’s…

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Africa Command deploys 100 service members to Niger

Posted February 25, 2013 by Jim Garamone

President Barack Obama notified congressional leaders Feb. 22 that the last of 100 U.S. military specialists have deployed to Niger to support intelligence efforts in the region. The move is done with Niger’s full consent and cooperation and the troops – mostly Air Force specialists – are working out of Niamey, officials said. Forty troops…

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Boeing, Israel Aerospace Industries’ Arrow 3 interceptor successfully completes first flight test

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The new Arrow 3 interceptor, which Boeing and Israel Aerospace Industries are co-developing to enhance Israel’s ballistic missile defense, Feb. 25 successfully completed its first flight test. Arrow 3 is the next-generation interceptor for the Arrow Weapon System jointly developed by Israel and the United States. It can be launched earlier and engage threats at…

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Boehner says U.S. veterans’ claims system is broken

Posted February 25, 2013 by Lisa Cornwell

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner said the system for handling veterans’ disability claims is broken and he wants the head of the Department of Veterans Affairs to explain what is being done to fix it. Boehner, a Republican from Ohio, said in a letter to Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki this week that the…

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F-35s grounded as precaution after crack found in engine blade

Posted February 25, 2013 by Jim Garamone

All F-35s have been grounded as a precaution after a routine engine inspection revealed a crack on an engine blade, Defense Department officials said Feb. 22. Officials call this a “cautionary suspension of flight.” The Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps fly F-35s. Inspectors found the crack in an F135 engine installed in an F-35A…

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Up to 12,000 U.S, allied troops for Afghanistan

Posted February 25, 2013 by Robert Burns and Lolita C. Baldor

The U.S. and its NATO allies revealed Feb. 22 they may keep as many as 12,000 troops in Afghanistan after the combat mission ends next year, largely American forces tasked with hunting down remnants of al Qaeda and helping Afghan forces with their own security. Patience with the 11-year-old war has grown thin in the…

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Military contractors look for commercial uses

Posted February 25, 2013 by Kristen Leigh Painter

The world watched earlier this month as President Barack Obama announced at the State of the Union address plans to withdraw 34,000 of the 66,000 troops remaining in Afghanistan by next year. Also this month, Skydex Technologies released its new footwear for commercial use from a quiet Centennial business park. The two events may seem…

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