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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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NASA, Planetary Resources sign agreement to crowd source asteroid detection

Posted  November 22, 2013

NASA and Planetary Resources Inc., of Bellevue, Wash., are partnering to develop crowd-sourced software solutions to enhance detection of near-Earth objects using agency-funded data. The agreement is NASA’s first partnership associated with the agency’s Asteroid Grand Challenge. Under a non-reimbursable Space Act Agreement, Planetary Resources will facilitate the use of NASA-funded sky survey data and…

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AAR signs partnering agreement with Royal Netherlands Air Force

Posted  November 22, 2013

AAR announced Nov. 21 that representatives from its Dutch-based AAR Aircraft Component Services ñ Amsterdam business and officials from the Netherlands Ministry of Defenseís Royal Netherlands Air Force signed †a partnering agreement that allows AAR ACS to provide new and expanded component repair services using equipment at Logistic Center Woensdrecht. The agreement paves the way…

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New method of testing parachutes developed at China Lake

Posted  November 22, 2013

Engineers and technicians from NAWCWD China Lake, Calif., and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. recently conducted the first demonstration of a new method of performing load tests on large parachutes.

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Warrior Power: ONR, veterans plugged in on alternative energy

Posted  November 22, 2013

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IeACsN-2IF4&feature=youtu.be An innovative Office of Naval Research program is looking to Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard veterans for the cutting edge in alternative energy-and is highlighted this week in a new video released during the Navy’s Warrior Care Month. The Energy Systems Technology Evaluation Program, or ESTEP, answers the call for renewable energy made…

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NASA missions study ‘watershed’ cosmic explosion in unparalleled detail

Posted  November 22, 2013

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7uN1AjMui5k&feature=player_embedded On April 27, a blast of light from a dying star in a distant galaxy became the focus of astronomers around the world. The explosion, known as a gamma-ray burst and designated GRB 130427A, tops the charts as one of the brightest ever seen. A trio of NASA satellites, working in concert with ground-based…

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Defense bill stalls over Democrat, GOP divide

Posted  November 22, 2013

A $625 billion defense bill that establishes military policy stalled in the Senate Nov. 20 as Democrats and Republicans struggled over how to move ahead on the massive measure. Republicans insist on an open process that would allow them to vote on amendments to the popular defense authorization bill that has become law every year…

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Patriot performance excels in PAC-3 test firing

Posted  November 22, 2013

Raytheon’s Patriot Air and Missile Defense System successfully test fired two Patriot Advanced Capability-3 missiles at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. The mission consisted of two single firings against single tactical ballistic missile representative targets. “Patriot’s successful track record is testament to its continual testing and evolution,” said Ralph Acaba, vice president for Integrated Air…

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VA, HUD announce 24 percent reduction in veterans’ homelessness since 2010

Posted  November 22, 2013

The Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Housing and Urban Development announced Nov. 21 that a new national report shows a 24 percent reduction in homelessness among Veterans since 2010. The report also showed an 8 percent reduction between January 2012 and January 2013. The decline keeps the Obama administration on track to…

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Increased space, cyber threats top concerns for AF Space Command

Posted  November 22, 2013

Gen. William L. Shelton, Commander of Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., addresses Air Force Association Members during the Pacific Air and Space Symposium in Los Angeles, Calif., Nov. 21, 2013. Shelton discussed the importance of space and cyberspace operations and the foundational capability they provide to our nation and joint military…

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Headlines November 20, 2013

Posted  November 20, 2013

News: U.S.-Afghanistan reach security pact, with no apology - The United States and Afghanistan Nov. 20 reached a draft agreement on a crucial security pact, a day before thousands of Afghan elders are set to debate whether to allow U.S. troops to stay in the country after 2014.   Business: Bombardier strikes CSeries deal with Iraqi…

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