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Forest Service requests more aircraft for firefighting operations

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More forest fires in the western United States have prompted the U.S. Forest Service to call in two additional C-130 Hercules aircraft equipped with the Mobile Airborne Fire Fighting System. Those aircraft, expected to be operating by tomorrow, will come from the Wyoming Air National Guard’s 153rd Airlift Wing in Cheyenne, Wyo., officials said. “This…

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Army certifies soldiers ready to defend battlespace against missiles, swarming boats with JLENS

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Combatant commanders have moved one step closer to being able to detect, track and engage threats such as swarming boats and incoming cruise missiles, around the clock, from hundreds of miles away. In June 2012, the first class of U.S. Army soldiers completed mission operator training on the Raytheon JLENS elevated, persistent over-the-horizon sensor system….

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Northrop Grumman signs mentor-protege agreement With Juno Technologies

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Northrop Grumman has signed a U.S. Department of Defense Mentor-Protégé agreement with Juno Technologies, a teammate on Northrop Grumman’s Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services program. CANES is the Navy’s effort to streamline and update shipboard networks to improve interoperability and affordability across the fleet. The mentor-protégé relationship was formalized during a signing ceremony on…

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Boeing names new sales leader for Commercial Airplanes

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Boeing announced Aug. 10 that John Wojick has been named the new vice president of Sales for Commercial Airplanes. Wojick succeeds Ray Conner, who was named president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes in June. Wojick, a 32-year veteran of Commercial Airplanes who began his career as an aerospace engineer, moves to his new position…

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ONR selects Hamilton Sundstrand for demonstration of energy-dense PEMFC based air-independent propulsion system

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UTC Aerospace Systems’ legacy Hamilton Sundstrand business was recently awarded a contract by the Office of Naval Research to demonstrate an energy-dense air independent power system for an undersea vehicle as part of ONR’s Long-Endurance Undersea Vehicle Propulsion Program. UTC Aerospace Systems is a unit of United Technologies Corp. This program will develop an energy…

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U.S. Army airship completes historic flight

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Northrop Grumman and Hybrid Air Vehicles Limited announce the successful completion of the first flight of the U.S. Army's Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle in historic Lakehurst, N.J., the birthplace of the nation's storied military airship past....

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Boeing team demonstrates expanded control of unmanned aircraft swarm

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HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. – Boeing and the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory have demonstrated that an operator on the ground, using only a laptop and a military radio, can command an unmanned aerial vehicle “swarm.” Despite limited flight training, the operator was able to connect with autonomous UAVs, task them and obtain information without…

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Navy awards General Dynamics $16 million for nuclear sub services

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The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $16.3 million contract to perform nuclear-maintenance work for submarines homeported at the Naval Submarine Base in Groton. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics. Under the contract, Electric Boat will continue to operate the Nuclear Regional Maintenance Department at the submarine base….

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Company once known as Blackwater settles arms case

Posted August 9, 2012 by by Michael Biesecker

The international security contractor formerly known as Blackwater has agreed to pay a $7.5 million fine to settle federal criminal charges related to arms smuggling and other crimes. Documents unsealed Aug. 7 in a U.S. District Court in North Carolina said the company, now called Academi LLC, agreed to pay the fine as part of…

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Astrotech appoints chief financial officer

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Astrotech Corporation announced Aug. 9 that it has appointed Carlisle “Kirk” Kirkpatrick as chief financial officer. Kirkpatrick’s appointment is effective as of Aug. 9, and follows the departure of John Porter as the company’s CFO. “The board and I are delighted to welcome Mr. Kirkpatrick to AstrotechCorporation,” said Thomas B. Pickens III, chairman and CEO….

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