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Lockheed Martin’s unmanned cargo helicopter team returns from deployment

After lifting more than 4.5 million pounds of cargo and conducting thousands of delivery missions for the U.S. Marine Corps, the Lockheed Martin and Kaman Aerospace Corporation K-MAX cargo unmanned aircraft system has returned to the United States following a nearly three-year deployment in Afghanistan. In 2011, K-MAX became the first unmanned helicopter to deliver…

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Sun sets on Red Flag 14-3

Air Force photograph by A1C Thomas Spangler The sun sets behind a row of F-16 Fighting Falcons during Red Flag 14-3, July 16, 2014, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Red Flag provides a series of intense air-to-air combat scenarios for aircrew and ground personnel, which will in turn increase their combat readiness and effectiveness…

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Satellite study reveals parched U.S. West using up underground water

A new study by NASA and University of California, Irvine, scientists finds more than 75 percent of the water loss in the drought-stricken Colorado River Basin since late 2004 came from underground resources.

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AOC integral to Red Flag 14-3 operations

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Siuta B. Ika Members of the Air and Space Operations Center work during Red Flag 14-3 operations July 22, 2014, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Armed with personnel from intelligence and communications backgrounds, AOC members, who each have a specific task to fill in distinct cells ranging from combat…

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Hubble finds three surprisingly dry exoplanets

Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have gone looking for water vapor in the atmospheres of three planets orbiting stars similar to the sun - and have come up nearly dry.


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Navy autonomous aerial refueling tests underway

Posted  September 11, 2013

The Navy continues to demonstrate multiple technologies that promise to significantly increase the endurance and range of carrier-based unmanned aircraft.

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General Dynamics awarded $118 million for Stryker double-V hull vehicles

Posted  September 11, 2013

General Dynamics Land Systems has been awarded a $118 million contract by the U.S. Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command to convert 66 flat-bottom Stryker infantry combat vehicles to a newer, more survivable double-V hull design. Deliveries of the vehicles will begin in July 2014 and be completed by February 2015. General Dynamics Land Systems…

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Acquisition chief discusses better buying power 2.0

Posted  September 11, 2013

The Pentagon’s chief of acquisition, technology and logistics told part of his workforce in Washington, D.C., last week about the Defense Departments initiative to drive continuous improvement in defense acquisition programs. Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall spoke Sept. 3 with engineers, contracting officers, program managers and others here about Better…

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ARINC Aerospace reaches key milestones in Indonesia C-130B project

Posted  September 11, 2013

ARINC Incorporated announced Sept. 10 that it is aggressively moving forward on completing its contract to modernize†five C-130B transport aircraft for the Indonesian Air Force. The program, which began in the first quarter of 2011, is moving along as budgeted and scheduled. Under the contract, ARINC is helping the Indonesian government modernize their C-130B fleet…

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C-130s return from fighting Western blazes

Posted  September 11, 2013

Two Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System-equipped C-130s from the Air Force Reserve Command's 302nd Airlift Wing, aircrews and maintainers returned Aug. 30 after providing support to U.S. Forest Service aerial firefighting operations in the Western U.S.

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Future Navy ops like Syria at risk by budget cuts

Posted  September 11, 2013

American warships in the eastern Mediterranean Sea remain ready to strike Syria if ordered, but impending cuts in the defense budget will make that kind of operation far more difficult in the years to come, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said Sept. 11. Mabus said that even now fewer ships are going to sea, fewer Navy…

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Union vote on Oshkosh Corp. contract extension

Posted  September 11, 2013

The Oshkosh Corp. is once asking union members to reopen contract extension talks with the company to help win a military contract. Oshkosh has asked for a five-year extension on the present labor contract with United Auto Workers Local 578 that expires in 2016. The extension is needed to help the company compete for a…

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NASA exercises option on engineering, scientific services contract

Posted  September 11, 2013

NASA has exercised the first option under its contract with Vantage Partners LLC of Lanham, Md., to continue providing engineering and scientific support services to the agency’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland. The one-year option begins Oct.1 and is valued at about $46 million. The contract has three more options available: two at one year…

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Veteran job fair coming to Long Beach, Calif.

Posted  September 11, 2013

There will be a special hiring event for veterans and military spouses 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Oct. 10 at the Queen Mary in Long Beach, Calif. The purpose of the event is to connect veterans with veteran-friendly employers. This is a great opportunity to meet face-to-face veteran-friendly employers including Airstreams Renewables, Verizon Communications, Home Depot, C.R….

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Northrop Grumman unmanned portfolio achieves 100,000 flight hours over last 15 years

Posted  September 11, 2013

Northrop Grumman photograph Northrop Grumman’s fleet of high-altitude long-endurance unmanned aircraft surpassed the 100,000 flight hours mark Sept. 5 – a significant achievement for the combat-proven intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance system. Northrop Grumman’s portfolio of high-altitude long-endurance unmanned aircraft systems have achieved 100,000 flight hours ñ more than 88 percent of which were logged by…

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