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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.

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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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Manas KC-135s complete final mission, leave Kyrgyzstan

Posted  February 26, 2014

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Travis Edwards As a KC-135 Stratotanker taxis, the members of the 376th Air Expeditionary Wing salute Feb. 24, 2014, at Transit Center at Manas, Kyrgyzstan. The KC-135 departed the after the final refueling mission over Afghanistan from the Transit Center. The Transit Center’s final aerial refueling mission over Afghanistan landed…

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NASA’s Kepler mission announces a planet bonanza, 715 new worlds

Posted  February 26, 2014

NASA’s Kepler mission announced Feb. 26 the discovery of 715 new planets. These newly-verified worlds orbit 305 stars, revealing multiple-planet systems much like our own solar system. Nearly 95 percent of these planets are smaller than Neptune, which is almost four times the size of Earth. This discovery marks a significant increase in the number…

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Student-built projects deliver imagination to Northrop Grumman engineering competition

Posted  February 26, 2014

Student teams from six Los Angeles-area high schools proved on Feb. 21 that amazing things can happen when imagination goes head to head with an engineering problem, a limited budget and not enough time.

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Headlines – February 24, 2014

Posted  February 24, 2014

News: Republicans: New Pentagon budget ‘sacrifices security on altar of entitlements’ – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Feb. 24 outlined a five-year Pentagon budget that would shrink Army forces to fewer than before the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, while retiring older weapons, including the U-2 spy plane and the A-10 attack aircraft.  U.S. examines Afghanistan option…

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News Briefs February 24, 2014

Posted  February 24, 2014

Taliban says it suspends talks on held U.S. soldier Afghanistans Taliban said Feb. 23 they had suspended ìmediationî with the United States to exchange captive Sgt. Bowe Berdahl for five senior Taliban prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay, halting ñ at least temporarily ñ what was considered the best chance yet of securing the 27-year-old soldiers…

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Raytheon awarded $123 million Phalanx contract from Republic of Korea

Posted  February 24, 2014

Raytheon has signed a $123 million contract to deliver nine Phalanx Block 1B Close-In Weapon Systems to the Republic of Korea Navy.

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DOD takes holistic view of slowing military compensation growth

Posted  February 24, 2014

The Defense Department can no longer put off slowing the growth of military personnel costs, and the fiscal year 2015 budget request DOD is recommending to the president begins that process, defense leaders said here today. Saying they are ready to take on the hard task of curbing growth in compensation, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel…

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Northrop Grumman provides inertial navigation products for tiltrotor aircraft

Posted  February 24, 2014

Northrop Grumman has been selected by AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, to provide flight-critical inertial instruments on the new AW609 TiltRotor aircraft undergoing civil certification through the Federal Aviation Administration. Developed by Northrop Grumman Navigation and Maritime Systems Division’s subsidiary in Germany, Northrop Grumman LITEF, the LCR-110 Inertial Reference System and the LCR300A Air Data Attitude…

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Shyu outlines strategy for modernization at AUSA

Posted  February 24, 2014

To prepare the Army for tomorrow, the seeds must be planted today, according to Heidi Shyu, assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology. “We’re navigating a very challenging period for our Army – the drawdown forces are occurring during a period of dramatic fiscal constraint and budget pressure,” Shyu said. “We’re leveraging…

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Boeing machinists union in St. Louis approve contract extension

Posted  February 24, 2014

Members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers District 837 have approved a long-term contract extension intended to better position Boeing to compete for work that’s critical to its St. Louis site’s future. The company’s contract with the more than 2,300 represented workers now expires in July, 2022. It was to have expired…

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