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U.S. Navy, Lockheed Martin ready to launch MUOS-4 Aug. 31

The U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin are ready to launch the fourth Mobile User Objective System secure communications satellite, MUOS-4, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Aug. 31 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.

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Arming the RPAs

Airmen from the 62nd Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron provide every munition that is loaded onto an MQ-1B Predator or MQ-9 Reaper at Kandahar Airfield; without them, the RPAs wouldn’t be able to provide combat airpower in Afghanistan.

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Local efforts help keep Dragon Lady flying at 60

In 1955, Disneyland opened its doors for the first time, Elvis made his first TV appearance, Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white passenger, and the Vietnam War began with fighting between the South and North Vietnam Armies.

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U.S. Navy awards production contract for additional P-8A aircraft, first RAAF planes

The U.S. Navy awarded a nearly $1.5 billion contract Aug. 27 to Boeing Defense, Space & Security for the procurement of 13 Full-Rate Production Lot 2 P-8A Poseidon aircraft.

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A-4 Skyhawks support F-35 operational testing

Courtesy photograph by Frank Crebas Pictured from top down is an F-35 Lightning II, an F-16 Fighting Falcon and an A-4 Skyhawk. In support of an operational test exercise for their F-35s, the Royal Netherlands Air Force contingent at Edwards brought in six A-4s from Draken International, six F-16s from the 162nd Fighter Wing, Arizona…


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General Dynamics third quarter profit falls on higher costs

Posted  October 24, 2012

General Dynamics said Oct. 24 that its third-quarter net income fell 8 percent, as higher costs more than offset a modest revenue increase. The Falls Church, Va., aerospace and defense company earned $600 million, or $1.70 per share, down from $652 million, or $1.80 per share, in the same quarter last year. Revenue edged up…

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Green Flag keeps airmen, soldiers mission ready

Posted  October 24, 2012

Air Force photograph by SrA. Kristin High F-15E Strike Eagles from the 355th Fighter Squadron at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., prepare to launch for early morning missions on Barksdale AFB, La., Oct. 19, 2012. The F-15s will be providing critical close air support during Green Flag East to allow the 2nd Brigade of…

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Lockheed Martin third quarter profit up, boost guidance

Posted  October 24, 2012

Lockheed Martin said Oct.2 4 its third-quarter net income rose 4 percent, as lower pension-related costs helped offset a drop in revenue. The results beat Wall Street predictions and the Bethesda, Md.,-based aerospace and defense contractor also raised its full-year profit and revenue predictions. Lockheed Martin earned $727 million, or $2.21 per share, in the…

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Northrop Grumman third quarter net income falls 12 percent

Posted  October 24, 2012

Defense contractor Northrop Grumman said Oct. 24 its third-quarter net income fell 12 percent, pulled down by a $66 million drop in net pension income, along with lower revenue. But the company’s profit beat Wall Street predictions and it boosted its full-year profit outlook. The Falls Church, Va.,-based company earned $459 million, or $1.82 per…

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United Technologies third quarter profit, revenue up

Posted  October 24, 2012

United Technologies Corp. posted higher third-quarter net income and revenue Oct. 23 on rising orders in key businesses, but said it expects the U.S. economic recovery to remain anemic and offered a gloomy assessment of business in Europe. The parent company of Otis Elevator, jet engine maker Pratt & Whitney, Sikorsky helicopter, Carrier heating and…

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VA medical facilities named to Joint Commission’s top performers list

Posted  October 24, 2012

Nineteen Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities from across the Nation were recently recognized by The Joint Commission as top performers on key health care quality measures for 2011/2012. “We at VA are very pleased with The Joint Commission recognition. We are proud of the medical facilities that made this list, proving VA’s commitment to…

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Northrop Grumman employs FACE(TM) standards to bring enhanced avionics to war fighters

Posted  October 24, 2012

As the one-year anniversary of The Open Group Future Airborne Capability Environment(TM) Consortium’s publication of the FACE Technical Standard approaches, Northrop Grumman continues to leverage a modular, open architecture approach to rapidly bring new avionics capabilities to war fighters. The FACE Consortium aims to establish standards for a common operating environment to support software portability…

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New director details elements of DARPA’s future success

Posted  October 24, 2012

Breakthrough national security capabilities, a differentiated U.S. technology base and a continued robust Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency are elements of DARPA’s future success, Arati Prabhakar, the agency’s director, said in Washington, D.C., Oct. 22. Prabhakar, who started July 30 as DARPA’s new director, addressed an audience of Office of Naval Research leaders and program…

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United Kingdom Ministry of Defence awards Raytheon new Phalanx contract

Posted  October 24, 2012

Raytheon has signed a contract for 42.8 million pounds to deliver five Phalanx Block 1B Close-In Weapon Systems to the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence starting in 2013. Installation and in-service support will be provided by Babcock Marine. “Phalanx provides unparalleled ship self-defense to fleets operating in blue water as well as littoral environments,” said…

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Innovators wanted: Could you design the FANG vehicle?

Posted  October 24, 2012

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is calling on innovators with expertise in designing and engineering drivetrain and mobility systems to collaboratively design elements of a new amphibious infantry vehicle, the Fast, Adaptable, Next-Generation Ground Vehicle. Registration is now open for the FANG Mobility/Drivetrain Challenge, the first of three planned FANG Challenges, which is set…

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