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Navy’s first F-35C squadron surpasses 1,000 flight hours

Air Force photograph by Samuel King Jr. An F-35C Lightning II aircraft piloted by Lt. Cmdr. Chris Tabert, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101, flies the squadron’s first local sortie. The F-35C is the carrier variant of the Joint Strike Fighter. VFA 101, based at Eglin Air Force Base, serves as the F-35C Fleet…

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Boeing South Carolina begins final assembly of its first 787-9 Dreamliner

Boeing has started final assembly of the 787-9 Dreamliner at its South Carolina facility. The team began joining large fuselage sections of the newest 787 Nov. 22 on schedule, a proud milestone for the South Carolina team and another sign of stability for the program. The North Charleston, S.C., site joins Boeing’s Everett, Wash., final…

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Ball Aerospace equips Orion mission with key avionics, antenna hardware

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. is providing the phased array antennas and flight test cameras to prime contractor Lockheed Martin for Orion's Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1), which is an unmanned test flight scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral, Fla.

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President announces Hagel’s resignation as defense secretary

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel shakes hands with President Barack Obama at the White House Nov. 24. The president announced that Hagel would resign his position as defense secretary. Praising Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s class and integrity, President Barack Obama announced Nov. 24 at the White House that Hagel will leave his post. The president said…

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SEWIP block upgrade program evaluated for LCS

The Navy is evaluating a scaled-down version of the Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program system for potential incorporation on future Littoral Combat Ships


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Arotech to develop special battery chargers for unmanned aircraft

Posted  November 18, 2013

Arotech Corporation, a provider of quality defense and security products for the military, law enforcement and homeland security markets, announced today that its Battery and Power Systems Division recently received orders to develop special chargers for batteries which power UAVs (Unmanned Aircraft Vehicles). The orders totaled in excess of $700 thousand. The battery chargers will…

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Headlines November 15, 2013

Posted  November 15, 2013

Business: Pentagon cuts mean more layoffs for defense giant Lockheed Martin – Lockheed Martin is cutting 4,000 jobs — 3.5 percent of its workforce — and closing or downsizing several facilities around the country as it grapples with the pressure of declining defense budgets and the recent government sequestration, the company announced Nov. 14. Lockheed job…

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News Briefs November 15, 2013

Posted  November 15, 2013

VA pays out more than $800 million for malpractice An analysis shows that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has paid out about $845 million in malpractice cases during the past 10 years. Reporters for Cox Media Group analyzed federal treasury data and found taxpayers spent more than $800 million paying 4,426 veterans and their…

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U.S. Air Force to scrutinize nuclear candidates

Posted  November 15, 2013

The U.S. Air Force has decided it must “add more vigor” to its screening of candidates for senior nuclear command, adding closer looks at health records and Internet searches for potentially damaging personal information about candidates who also have long military careers, the Air Force’s top general said Nov. 13. Gen. Mark Welsh, the Air…

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Pentagon ending buys of Russian-made helicopters

Posted  November 15, 2013

The U.S. Defense Department said Nov. 13 it is canceling plans to buy additional cargo helicopters from the Russian arms export agency that has supplied Syrian President Bashar Assad’s military forces with arms and ammunition. The additional 15 Russian-built Mi-17 helicopters were to be purchased next year at a cost of $345 million and then…

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New contracting agency stand up increases AF flexibility

Posted  November 15, 2013

The Air Force Installation Contracting Agency officially stood up during a transition ceremony at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, Nov. 13. Following manpower cuts last year, Air Force leaders designed AFICA, a field operating agency that reports directly to the deputy assistant secretary for contracting, to ensure bases around the world receive the installation contracting…

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Evolving NIEs help shape Army’s future network

Posted  November 15, 2013

U.S. forces in Afghanistan, equipped with the Army's first network capability set, are using it to stay connected as they carry out their advise-and-assist missions in austere conditions.

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Lockheed Martin conducts second successful LRASM flight test

Posted  November 15, 2013

Lockheed Martins Long Range Anti-Ship Missile recently achieved another successful flight test, with the missile scoring a direct hit on a moving maritime target. The test was conducted in support of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and Office of Naval Research program. Flying over the Sea Range at Point Mugu, Calif., a U.S. Air…

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CSAF: Air Force must modernize despite budget woes

Posted  November 15, 2013

Budget concerns affect every aspect of the Air Force, but the service must continue to modernize, the service’s chief of staff told the Defense Writers Group here Nov. 12. In forming the defense strategy, the service chiefs have to take resources into consideration, Air Force Gen. Mark A. Welsh III said. “To some extent, numbers…

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Test, evaluation squadron receives first Guardian Angel Air-Droppable Rescue Vehicles

Posted  November 15, 2013

The 88th Test and Evaluations Squadron at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., received the first set of Guardian Angel Air-Deployable Rescue Vehicles in the Air Force's inventory Nov. 12.

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