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Cope South experts exchange knowledge, techniques

The flight line here at exercise Cope South 15 is usually a flurry of activity every morning, with maintainers firing up auxiliary power units and loadmasters finalizing their cargo plan.

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Boeing announces ANA’s commitment to more jetliners

Boeing and All Nippon Airways announced Jan. 30 the airline’s intent to purchase three 787-10 Dreamliners to add additional flexibility to the airline’s 787 fleet.

Air Force photograph by Scott M. Ash Defense

Air Force risks becoming too small to succeed under sequestration

During testimony on Capitol Hill Jan. 28, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III stressed the negative impact sequestration will have on future Air Force capabilities, emphasizing further budget cuts will lead to low morale and declined readiness in the Air Force.

Navy photograph by Ens. Jessica Kellogg Defense

USS Elrod is decommissioned

Placed into commission nearly 30 years ago, the guided-missile frigate USS Elrod (FFG 55) was decommissioned Jan. 30 during a Naval Station Norfolk ceremony, led by Cmdr. Brad Stallings, commanding officer.

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Ball Aerospace integrates two of five instruments for JPSS-1

Two of the five instruments scheduled to fly on the nation's next polar-orbiting weather satellite, NOAA's Joint Polar Satellite System -1, have been integrated to the spacecraft bus by prime contractor Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.


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Headlines December 31, 2014

Posted  December 31, 2014

News: DOD braces for political battle over military pay – The Pentagon is bracing for one of its biggest political battles in years as a blue-ribbon commission on military compensation and retirement nears the end of its two-year study and moves closer to releasing its proposals for change by Feb. 1.   Business: Defense 2015 preview:…

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News Briefs December 31, 2014

Posted  December 31, 2014

German opposition urges probe into NATO ‘hit list’ German opposition lawmakers called Dec. 30 for an investigation into reports that the country’s army and foreign intelligence agency contributed to a NATO list of Taliban targets in Afghanistan, some of whom were killed. Citing NATO documents, German newspapers Der Spiegel and Bild have reported that Germany…

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Navy prepares for Jan. 20 communications satellite launch

Posted  December 31, 2014

Navy military and civilian engineers are preparing the latest military communications satellite for a planned Jan. 20 launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. The satellite is part of MUOS, or Mobile User Objective System, which operates like a smartphone network from space, vastly improving secure satellite communications for mobile U.S. forces. Unlike its…

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Tuskegee Airmen receive the 2014 Omar N. Bradley ‘Spirit of Independence Award’

Posted  December 31, 2014

The Tuskegee Airmen were recognized for their courage and valor in combat, as they helped pave the way for racial integration in the armed services, by receiving the 2014 Omar N. Bradley "Spirit of Independence Award" in a ceremony held at the 2014 Duck Commander Independence Bowl in Shreveport, La.

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Air Force, small business develop technologies that help electronics stay cool

Posted  December 31, 2014

The Air Force Research Laboratory and a small business partner are developing technologies that they expect will enable successful use of high-power processors that operate on satellites with funding from the Air Force Small Business Innovation Research program.

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Air Force funds more research on electrical accumulator for fighter aircraft

Posted  December 31, 2014

Higher, better, faster and stronger – all are the goals of aerospace systems designers, in particular researchers from the Air Force who are providing the next generation of advanced aircraft to its warfighters.  To meet these challenges, the Air Force recently provided follow-on funding for a Small Business Innovation Research effort that supports the Air…

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Headlines December 29, 2014

Posted  December 29, 2014

News: Newest U.S. stealth fighter ’10 years behind’ older jets – When the Pentagon’s nearly $400 billion F-35 Joint Strike Fighter finally enters service next year after nearly two decades in development, it won’t be able to support troops on the ground the way older planes can today. Its sensors won’t be able to see the…

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News Briefs December 29, 2014

Posted  December 29, 2014

Iran’s army tests suicide drone in drills Iran’s army has deployed a suicide drone for the first time in massive ongoing military drills near the strategic Strait of Hormuz at the entrance to the Persian Gulf. Gen. Ahmad Reza Pourdastan, the army’s chief commander of ground forces, is quoted by Iranian state media Dec. 27…

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Obama, Hagel mark end of Operation Enduring Freedom

Posted  December 29, 2014

President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel each issued statements Dec. 28 marking the end of the combat mission in Afghanistan. After 13 years of combat operations, Operation Enduring Freedom drew to a close today in a ceremony at the International Security and Assistance Force headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan. “Today’s ceremony in Kabul marks…

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Business

Elbit Systems U.S. subsidiary to upgrade C-1A Aircraft for Brazilian Navy

Posted  December 29, 2014

Elbit Systems Ltd. announced Dec. 23 that its wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary, Elbit Systems of America, LLC, received a directed subcontract from the Brazilian Navy for the upgrade of four Grumman C-1A aircraft. The prime contract is held by Marsh Aviation Company of Mesa, Ariz. The subcontract, valued at $106 million, will be performed by Elbit…

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