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F-35 Rollout Marks U.S.-Australia Partnership Milestone

Lockheed Martin photograph by Beth Groom Royal Australian Air Force Air Marshal Geoff Brown delivers his remarks at the roll out ceremony for Australia’s first F-35. The official rollout of the first two F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter aircraft for the Royal Australian Air Force is a milestone in the U.S.-Australia partnership, the undersecretary…

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NASA’s Mars spacecraft maneuvers to prepare for close comet flyby

NASA is taking steps to protect its Mars orbiters, while preserving opportunities to gather valuable scientific data, as Comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring heads toward a close flyby of Mars Oct. 19.

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U.S. Forces display military might at Farnborough

Air Force photograph by A1C Erin O’Shea Capt. Tom Meyers discusses the F-15E Strike Eagle’s capabilities with spectators July 17, 2014, at the Farnborough International Airshow in England. Public access was granted for spectators to ask questions and observe the aircraft up-close with pilots and aircrew members. Meyers is a 494th Fighter Squadron F-15E instructor…

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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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Official warns of continued spending cuts in next fiscal year

Posted  September 4, 2013

With the new fiscal year less than a month away, a senior Defense Department official delivered a warning Sept. 4 at a defense cooperation conference in Washington, D.C.: expect the current spending cuts triggered by sequestration to be part of the budget landscape for the foreseeable future. Elana Broitman, acting deputy assistant secretary of defense…

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Aerojet Rocketdyne SM-3 Block IIA TDACS completes critical design review

Posted  September 4, 2013

Aerojet Rocketdyne, a GenCorp company, has successfully conducted its Throttling Divert and Attitude Control System Critical Design Review for the Standard Missile-3 Block IIA guided missile program. The SM-3 program is managed by the Missile Defense Agency with Raytheon Missile Systems as the prime contractor. “The on-time completion of this CDR demonstrates the readiness of…

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Headlines August 30, 2013

Posted  August 31, 2013

Business: Boeing cargo jet sales at post-2009 low on global slump Boeing, the world’s largest maker of air freighters, is headed toward its fewest cargo jet orders since the 2009 recession as demand wanes for overnight shipments that once drove purchases.   Defense: Exotic weapons aim to destroy chemical weapons The Pentagon has spent more…

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News Briefs August 30, 2013

Posted  August 31, 2013

Iran to work with Russia to stop strike on Syria Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said his country will press forward with efforts to ward off military action by the U.S. and its allies against the Tehran-backed regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad, Iranian state TV reported Aug. 29. The report said the remarks came late…

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California ANG deploys Predator to support firefighters

Posted  August 31, 2013

With wildfires continuing to rage around Yosemite National Park, the California National Guard has deployed a remotely piloted aircraft that improves the incident commander’s ability to monitor conditions on the ground

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Boeing launches 787 training in Miami

Posted  August 31, 2013

Boeing Aug. 29 marked the launch of 787 customer training in Miami, site of the company's largest commercial aviation training campus.

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Littoral Combat Ship Coronado completes acceptance trials

Posted  August 31, 2013

Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship Coronado (LCS 4) successfully completed Acceptance Trials Aug. 23, in the Gulf of Mexico. This milestone achievement involved the execution of intense comprehensive tests by the Navy while underway, which demonstrated the successful operation of the ship’s major systems and equipment. This is the last significant milestone before delivery of the ship,…

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Aircraft deploy to California to aid firefighting effort

Posted  August 31, 2013

The U.S. Forest Service, through the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho, has ordered the three MAFFS aircraft operating at the Boise Air Tanker Base moved to McClellan Air Tanker base near Sacramento, Calif., to assist the wildland firefighting effort in the western United States.

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Northrop Grumman awarded Navy performance based logistics contract

Posted  August 31, 2013

Northrop Grumman has received a Performance Based Logistics contract from Naval Supply Systems Command Weapon Systems Support, to continue its 24/7 support of the U.S. Navy fleet for three shipboard systems. Under the not-to-exceed $24.8 million one-year contract, Northrop Grumman will provide 150 PBL repair assembly kits and spare parts for the WSN-7 ring laser…

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NASA’s Chandra Observatory catches giant black hole rejecting material

Posted  August 31, 2013

Astronomers using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory have taken a major step in explaining why material around the giant black hole at the center of the Milky Way Galaxy is extraordinarily faint in X-rays. This discovery holds important implications for understanding black holes.

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