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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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Satellite study reveals parched U.S. West using up underground water

A new study by NASA and University of California, Irvine, scientists finds more than 75 percent of the water loss in the drought-stricken Colorado River Basin since late 2004 came from underground resources.

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AOC integral to Red Flag 14-3 operations

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Siuta B. Ika Members of the Air and Space Operations Center work during Red Flag 14-3 operations July 22, 2014, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Armed with personnel from intelligence and communications backgrounds, AOC members, who each have a specific task to fill in distinct cells ranging from combat…


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Navy awards $1.9 billion for fourth phase of P-8A production, readies for first deployment

Posted  August 2, 2013

The U.S. Navy announced July 31 the award, to Boeing Defense and Security Systems, of a $1.9 billion firm fixed-price-contract for the procurement of 13 Low Rate Initial Production Lot 4 P-8A Poseidon Multi-Mission Maritime aircraft.

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Carter: Review reveals sequestration’s flaws

Posted  August 2, 2013

The Strategic Choices and Management Review has shown that a strategic approach to cutting the department’s budget canít meet the schedule set by full sequestration, Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter told Congress Aug. 1. The review, ordered by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, was partly an examination of the Defense Departmentís strategic options under sequestration, Carter…

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Lockheed Martin selects Northrop Grumman’s SABR for the F-16 AESA radar upgrade program

Posted  August 2, 2013

Lockheed Martin has competitively selected Northrop Grumman’s Scalable Agile Beam Radar for the U.S. Air Force and Taiwan F-16 radar modernization and upgrade programs. Work on the F-16 AESA (active electronically scanned array) radar program will be performed at Northrop Grumman’s Electronic Systems sector headquarters facility in Linthicum. “The F-16 has been a front-line fighter…

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Obama nominates James to become Air Force Secretary

Posted  August 2, 2013

President Barack Obama Aug. 1 announced that Deborah Lee James is his choice to become the next Secretary of the Air Force. Deborahís strong record of public service and leadership in the private sector makes her uniquely qualified to be my nominee for Secretary of the Air Force,î Obama said in a White House news…

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U.S. Navy, Boeing sign $2 billion order for 13 P-8A Poseidon aircraft

Posted  August 2, 2013

The U.S. Navy recently awarded Boeing a $1.98 billion contract for 13 additional P-8A Poseidon aircraft, continuing the modernization of U.S. maritime patrol capabilities that will ultimately involve more than 100 P-8As. The contract includes long-lead funding previously approved by the Navy. The Navy has now ordered 37 of the 117 P-8As it is expected…

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NASA’s Space Launch System completes preliminary design review

Posted  August 2, 2013

NASA has achieved a major milestone in its effort to build the nation’s next heavy-lift launch vehicle by successfully completing the Space Launch System preliminary design review. Senior experts and engineers from across the agency concluded Wednesday the design, associated production and ground support plans for the SLS heavy-lift rocket are technically and programmatically capable…

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Intelligence sharing through tactical glasses highlighted at Enterprise Challenge 2013

Posted  August 2, 2013

  The Distributed Common Ground System-Army, or DCGS-A, participated in Enterprise Challenge 2013 at Fort Huachuca, July 15-26, demonstrating collaboration between the Army and industry through technology testing in a tactical environment. “The concepts that we’re proving and the capabilities that we’re demonstrating here at Enterprise Challenge 13 show that we can give decisions makers…

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Beechcraft secures largest general aviation propeller aircraft order in history, valued at $1.4 billion

Posted  August 2, 2013

Beechcraft Corporation announced Aug. 1 it has secured an order for up to a total of 105 King Air 350i aircraft, valued at $788 million, from Wheels Up, representing the largest general aviation propeller driven aircraft order in history. Wheels Up is a membership-based private aviation program that eliminates fixed costs and provides unparalleled flexibility…

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Navy Turns to UAVs for help with radar, communications

Posted  August 2, 2013

Scientists recently launched unmanned aerial vehicles from a research vessel in a significant experiment that could help boost the Navyís radar and communications performance at sea. Sailing off Virginia Beach, Va., from July 13 to 18, the Office of Naval Researchís Research Vessel Knorr explored ocean and atmospheric weather variations that can change the angle…

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Pentagon review reveals best, worst case, Hagel Says

Posted  August 2, 2013

DOD photograph by Glenn Fawcett Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel answers a question on the Strategic Choices Management Review during a news conference at the Pentagon, July 31, 2013. Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., right, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, joined Hagel for the briefing. The Pentagon will reduce funding for major…

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