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Upgrades ‘new normal’ for armor in uncertain budget environment

If any journalists at the recent AUSAAME press conference expected to hear revelations of a major ground combat system acquisition on the near-term horizon, that notion was quickly dispelled.

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Boeing celebrates groundbreaking for 777X composite wing center

Boeing Oct. 21 celebrated the groundbreaking of its new 777X Composite Wing Center at the Everett, Wash., campus.

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First F-35A operational weapons load crew qualified

Three airmen with the 58th Aircraft Maintenance Unit became the first qualified operational weapons load crew for the F-35A Lightning II during a qualification load at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Oct. 10.

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Boeing-built X-37B successfully completes third flight

The Boeing-built X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle successfully de-orbited and landed today at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., at 9:24 a.m., PDT, concluding a 674-day experimental test mission for the U.S. Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office.

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Dassault Falcon Jet establishes new pilot operational support team

Dassault Falcon Jet recently established a new Pilot Operational Support Team in Teterboro, N.J., to support operators in the Western Hemisphere.


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Endeavour ferry flight rescheduled to Sept. 19

Posted  September 18, 2012

NASA’s ferry flight of space shuttle Endeavour atop the 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft is rescheduled for Sept. 19 due to an unfavorable weather forecast along the flight path on Sept. 18. Endeavour now is expected to arrive at Los Angeles International Airport Sept. 21. On Oct. 11, 2011, NASA transferred title and ownership of Endeavour…

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First week of RARO 12 wraps up

Posted  September 18, 2012

Air Force photograph by SrA. Natasha Stannard Training rounds from A-10 Thunderbolt II hit the ground Sept. 14, 2012 during Ramstein Rover 2012 at a training range in Libava, Czech Republic. RARO 12 is a NATO exercise focused on preparing forward air controllers for contingency operations. Sixteen NATO member nations are participating in the exercise…

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Space

NASA selects engineering product information contractor

Posted  September 18, 2012

NASA has selected S&K Global Solutions LLC of Polson, Mont., to consolidate contractor support into an integrated infrastructure approach for the Engineering Directorate at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. The three-year, cost-plus fixed-fee and firm-fixed-price contract begins Oct. 18, 2012, and includes a single two-year option. Work worth as much as $49.9 million may…

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Boeing, Sojitz to pursue cybersecurity business in Japan

Posted  September 18, 2012

Boeing and Sojitz Corporation, a global trading company, have agreed to work together to offer advanced cybersecurity solutions in Japan to help protect critical government, civil and commercial information technology infrastructure. The agreement calls for Boeing to provide advanced network and data analysis tools, cybersecurity training and simulation platforms, and network protection solutions. Boeing will…

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RaeS hosts Royal Air Force chief of the Air Staff

Posted  September 18, 2012

Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton, GCB ADC LLD BSc FRAeS CCMI RAF – Chief of the Royal Air Force’s Air Staff – will address the Royal Aeronautical Society’s Washington, D.C., Branch Oct. 2 at the British Embassy in Washington, D.C. Dalton joined the RAF in 1976 and has been Chief of the Air Staff…

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Northrop Grumman, AgustaWestland team up to compete for Air Force combat rescue helicopter, ‘Marine One’

Posted  September 18, 2012

Northrop Grumman and AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, have signed a comprehensive teaming agreement to respond to anticipated requests for both the new U.S. Air Force Combat Rescue Helicopter and the U.S. Navy’s recently announced program to develop a new “Marine One” presidential helicopter. A U.S.-built helicopter based on the AW101 platform will be offered by…

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Welsh: ‘The only way to move forward is together’

Posted  September 18, 2012

The active-duty Air Force, its Reserve and the Air National Guard must work together to move forward, the chief of staff of the Air Force said in Reno, Nev., last week. “I have trouble seeing lines between components of services, because I believe on the air side we have an Air Force – it has…

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Boeing, AEL link cockpit simulators in U.S., Brazil

Posted  September 18, 2012

Boeing last month linked one of its advanced fighter cockpit simulators in St. Louis with a simulator more than 5,000 miles away in Porto Alegre, Brazil, demonstrating the effectiveness of sharing advanced situational awareness and training technologies between the United States and Brazil. The simulation, which also involved Elbit Systems’ Brazilian subsidiary, AEL Sistemas S.A.,…

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Dempsey, Turks discuss regional issues

Posted  September 18, 2012

The paving stones on the Road of Lions leading to Mustafa Kemal Ataturk’s mausoleum are purposely placed about three inches apart so those who approach it have to think about where they are. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey walked the Road of Lions to place a memorial wreath at the tomb of the man who…

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News Briefs – September 18, 2012

Posted  September 18, 2012

Centcom in Florida to become standalone headquarters   Military authorities are designating the U.S. Marine Corps Forces Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., as a standalone headquarters. An event is planned for Monday. This means that the command – known as MARCENT – will be led by three-star general Lt. Gen. Robert B….

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