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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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DOD wraps climate change response into master plans

Posted  November 27, 2013

The effects of climate change are already evident at Defense Department installations in the United States and overseas, and DOD expects climate change to challenge its ability to fulfill its mission in the future, according to the first DOD Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap. John Conger, the acting deputy undersecretary of defense for installations and environment…

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Northrop Grumman’s IBCS completes successful air, missile defense demonstration

Posted  November 27, 2013

Army photograph Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System engagement operations centers and fire control network relays participate in a major U.S. Army demonstration to highlight a warfighter-focused, any sensor-any shooter net-centric capability. The U.S. Army and Northrop Grumman have successfully demonstrated a war fighter-focused, net-centric battle command system for integrated air and missile…

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Senior leaders review Unified Quest ‘deep future’

Posted  November 27, 2013

How long should a unit be self-sufficient after hitting the ground, and why can’t the Army get immediate communications capability using local, established, commercial networks after arriving at a forward location? These were questions discussed by senior Army leaders who met Nov. 20, at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C., to discuss lessons learned…

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Northrop Grumman delivers additional MQ-8C Fire Scout to U.S. Navy

Posted  November 27, 2013

Northrop Grumman has delivered the second MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter to the U.S. Navy after completing final assembly at the company’s unmanned systems center in Moss Point, Miss. The aircraft is joining the first one delivered to Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu, Calif., to conduct flight testing before using the system for operational…

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Unmanned aircraft maintenance partnership to increase production

Posted  November 27, 2013

The Air Force Sustainment Center, or AFSC, at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., and General Atomics reached a partnership agreement Nov. 9, for the maintenance of unmanned aircraft systems, or UAS, including the Predator/Reaper and the Army’s version, the “Gray Eagle.” The an enterprise-level, public-private agreement, signed by Lt. Gen. Bruce Litchfield, †the AFSC commander,…

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Boeing delivers C-17 cargo compartment trainer to Royal Australian Air Force

Posted  November 27, 2013

Boeing has delivered a full-scale C-17 Globemaster III Cargo Compartment Trainer to the Royal Australian Air Force, ensuring that RAAF loadmaster training can be cost-effectively completed in Australia instead of in the United States. The CCT is a fully functional replica of a C-17 fuselage in a dedicated facility at RAAF Base Amberley. It can…

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Upcoming Events – December 2013

Posted  November 25, 2013

Dec. 1-3 – Workshop: Expansive Skies, An Astronomy Weekend, Abiquiu, N.M. http://ghostranch.org/expansive-skies-an-astronomy-weekend/ Dec. 1-6 – 10th Latin American Symposium on Nuclear Physics and Applications, Montevideo, Uruguay www.fing.edu.uy/if/lasnpa/index.php Dec. 1-6 – Seventh TRR33 Winter School, Passo del Tonale, Italy http://darkuniverse.uni-hd.de/view/Main/WinterSchool13 Dec. 2-3 – WISH Science Workshop: Exploring Into Darkness, Tokyo, Japan www.wishmission.org/sciws2013/Welcome.html Dec. 2-4 – International…

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Headlines November 25, 2013

Posted  November 25, 2013

Business: Boeing invites more than a dozen sites to bid on 777 work - Boeing has invited more than a dozen U.S. locations to compete in a bidding process to determine where its new 777 long-haul passenger jet will be built, a company spokesman said. South Carolina issues bonds to lure Boeing - South Carolina will sell…

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News Briefs November 25, 2013

Posted  November 25, 2013

Clock ticks on authority for Guantanamo detention The fate of 164 suspected terrorists who have lived for years in legal limbo at Guantanamo Bay may hinge on a law that could expire if U.S. troops withdraw from Afghanistan in 2014. President Barack Obama has long promised to close the detention camp at a U.S. Navy…

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NASA launches technology transfer ‘super tool’

Posted  November 25, 2013

Businesses and individuals interested in using NASA research to develop new technologies and products now have access to an online tool to make the process of licensing easier. The QuickLaunch licensing tool provides access to a select portfolio of NASA technologies for the purpose of licensing and commercial development. The tool features pre-approved terms and…

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