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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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NASA selects space launch system adapter hardware manufacturer

Posted  February 3, 2014

NASA has selected Teledyne Brown Engineering of Huntsville, Ala., to design and build a key component of the new Space Launch System rocket the agency is developing to send humans farther than ever into deep space. The component is the Launch Vehicle/Stage Adapter, which will be used to connect the rocket’s 27.5-foot diameter core and…

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President to nominate several to key DOD positions

Posted  February 3, 2014

President Barack Obama has announced his intent to nominate four people to key Defense Department positions, all of which require Senate confirmation. They are: Miranda A. A. Ballentine, to be assistant secretary of the Air Force for installations, environment, and logistics; Michael McCord, to be undersecretary of Defense (comptroller); Brian P. McKeon, to be principal…

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Royal Australian Air Force touches down for Red Flag 14-1

Posted  February 3, 2014

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jason Couillard A Royal Australian Air Force 77th Squadron F/A-18 Hornet prepares to land Jan. 23 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The RAAF is at Nellis to participate in Red Flag 14-1 Jan. 27 to Feb. 14. Red Flag 14-1 is an air-to-air combat training exercise…

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General Dynamics elects Laura J. Schumacher to board of directors

Posted  February 3, 2014

The board of directors of General Dynamics has elected Laura J. Schumacher to be a director of the corporation, effective Feb. 2, 2014. Schumacher is the executive vice president of Business Development, External Affairs and General Counsel for AbbVie, a biopharmaceutical company formed in 2013 following separation from Abbott. Schumacher is responsible for AbbVie’s legal,…

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Ball Aerospace completes risk reduction test for JPSS-1 satellite

Posted  February 3, 2014

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has successfully completed the SpaceWire Inter-operability Test for the Joint Polar Satellite System-1 satellite and has begun spacecraft bus integration.

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U.S. Air Force orders additional Boeing Combat Survivor Evader Locators

Posted  February 3, 2014

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. ñ Boeing will deliver an additional 2,550 Combat Survivor Evader Locator radios ñ which are vital to the rescue of downed pilots and other warfighters in dangerous situations ñ under a new $24 million contract with the U.S. Air Force. A global emergency call system that enables the safe, fast and efficient…

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Headlines – January 31, 2014

Posted  January 31, 2014

Business: Northrop profit, sales top view; eyes higher EPS in 2014 – Northrop Grumman, maker of surveillance drones and other military equipment, Jan. 30 reported higher-than-expected quarterly earnings despite a drop in revenues and said share buybacks would drive earnings per share higher in 2014.  Raytheon fourth-quarter earnings beat estimates, foreign sales strong – U.S. arms maker…

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News Briefs January 31, 2014

Posted  January 31, 2014

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,169 As of Jan. 29, 2014, at least 2,169 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,792 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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Boeing outlook sinks stock despite solid fourth quarter profit

Posted  January 31, 2014

Boeing is building airplanes faster, but Wall Street wants it to build profits faster, too. Boeing shares dropped more than 5 percent Jan. 29 after it said this year’s profit and revenue would grow less than analysts had been expecting. There are a number of reasons. Boeing’s defense business is slowing down as governments dial…

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Navy to christen second Mobile Landing Platform

Posted  January 31, 2014

The Navy will christen Mobile Landing Platform John Glenn Feb. 1, during a 10 a.m., PST, ceremony in San Diego, Calif. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert, will deliver the ceremony’s principal address.   Lyn Glenn, daughter of Sen. John Glenn, will serve as the ship’s sponsor. The future USNS John Glenn (MLP 2),…

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