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First operational F-35As arrive at Hill AFB

The Air Force ushered in a new era of combat air power Sept. 2 as Hill Air Force Base, Utah, received the service’s first two operational F-35As. Hill’s active duty 388th Fighter Wing and Reserve 419th Fighter Wing will be the first combat-coded units to fly and maintain the Air Force’s newest fifth-generation fighter aircraft….

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High Desert Hangar Stories with Bob Alvis

Mach 1: the story has been told thousands of times of Chuck Yeager and that special day over Muroc, when the first sonic booms rattled windows. But sitting in church this morning, I looked over to a lady and her son who have a different take on that historical achievement. Dorothy Roth’s husband and John’s…

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U-2 celebrating 60 years

Lockheed Martin is celebrating 60 years of the U-2 program with festivities planned throughout the company. “It’s not a 60-year old aircraft, it is a 60-year old program that is still going strong,” said Melani Austin, U-2 Program Director at Skunk Works, Palmdale, Calif., during a recent press tour. “We have people that have started…

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United Launch Alliance successfully launches U.S. Navy’s MUOS-4

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying the fourth Mobile User Objective System satellite for the U.S. Navy launched from Space Launch Complex-41 at 6:18 a.m., EDT, Sept. 2 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The MUOS-4 spacecraft will bring advanced, new, global communications capabilities to mobile military forces, as well as ensure…

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F-22 inaugural deployment to Europe

Four F-22 Raptors, one C-17 Globemaster III, and approximately 60 airmen arrived at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, to train with allied air forces and U.S. services through mid-September.


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Dempsey releases concept to build Joint Force 2020

Posted  October 3, 2012

At the heart of the Capstone Concept for Joint Operations released Sept. 28 by the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is an idea called globally integrated operations, which will be used to build and organize Joint Force 2020. The concept stresses the military’s agility and flexibility as the United States faces unclear and…

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QinetiQ North America awarded first two task orders under U.S. Coast Guard contract

Posted  October 3, 2012

QinetiQ North America announced Sept. 27 it was awarded two task orders for Oil Spill Claim Support Services and Data Migration and Documentation Services under the Contractor Technical and Administrative Support Services contract at the United States Coast Guard National Pollution Funds Center. These are the first task orders awarded on the contract, which is…

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News Briefs – October 3, 2012

Posted  October 3, 2012

Fewer submarines planned in Connecticut The Navy’s top admiral says the Navy plans to keep fewer submarines in Groton, Conn., as the military shifts its focus toward Asia. Admiral Jonathan W. Greenert told The Day of New London that by 2020, the Naval Submarine Base is expected to have two squadrons with six attack submarines…

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ATK awarded full-rate production contract for AARGM

Posted  October 3, 2012

ATK has been awarded a $71 million contract for the full-rate production of the Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile. The contract, awarded by the U.S. Navy, provides for the production of operational missiles for the Navy and the Government of Italy, as well as training missile systems for the Navy, and all related supplies and services…

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Boeing modernizes GPS network with third GPS IIF satellite

Posted  October 5, 2012

The Global Positioning System, which military, commercial, and civilian users rely on for accurate navigation, is becoming more capable with deployment of the third Boeing GPS IIF for the U.S. Air Force. The IIF model is the most advanced GPS satellite to date. SVN-65 is on orbit and performing as expected following liftoff at 8:10…

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SpaceX Dragon to carry 23 student experiments to space station

Posted  October 5, 2012

Twenty-three microgravity experiments designed by participants of NASA’s Student Spaceflight Experiment Program will become part of space history Oct. 7. They will be launched to the International Space Station aboard the SpaceX Dragon, the first commercially developed and built American spacecraft to fly a resupply cargo resupply mission to the station. Twelve of the SSEP…

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Smartphones to steer unmanned rotorcraft on the battlefield

Posted  October 5, 2012

The Office of Naval Research awarded contracts to Lockheed Martin and Aurora Flight Sciences Sept. 28 to develop robotic rotorcraft capable of supporting rapid autonomous aerial cargo delivery to the battlefield. ONR is initially providing $28 million to the industry-led teams to develop prototype concepts in the Autonomous Aerial Cargo Utility System program. The system…

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Northrop Grumman completes SBIRS HEO-3 payload integration, ambient functional test

Posted  October 5, 2012

AZUSA, Calif. – Northrop Grumman has successfully completed payload integration and the ambient functional test of the U.S. Air Force’s Space Based Infrared System’s third highly elliptical orbit (HEO-3) payload. Lockheed Martin is the SBIRS prime contractor, Northrop Grumman is the payload integrator. Featuring a mix of geosynchronous satellites, hosted payloads in highly elliptical earth…

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NATO extends Rasmussen’s term as secretary general

Posted  October 5, 2012

The North Atlantic Council has extended Anders Fogh Rasmussen’s four-year term as NATO secretary general for another year, until July 31, 2014, the council announced Oct. 3. Allies will support Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen in his dedicated work to carry forward NATO’s tasks, missions and objectives, based on consensual allied decisions, a written statement…

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NASA releases interactive space communications mobile game app

Posted  October 5, 2012

Just in time for World Space Week, NASA has released a new mobile application that challenges gamers to take on the role of a space communications network manager and puts them in charge of building a communications network to support scientific missions. The educational application, “Space Communications and Navigation: NetworKing,” was developed at NASA’s Ames…

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