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F-22 inaugural deployment to Europe

Four F-22 Raptors, one C-17 Globemaster III, and approximately 60 airmen arrived at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, to train with allied air forces and U.S. services through mid-September.

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Carter announces manufacturing initiative to aid war fighters

The Defense Department is partnering with a large-scale consortium in the creation of a National Manufacturing Innovation Institute to produce hybrid electronics, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced Aug. 28 at Moffett Federal Airfield, Calif.

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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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Obama: U.S. to keep nearly 10,000 troops in Afghanistan in 2015

Posted  May 30, 2014

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama today announced the United States plans to keep nearly 10,000 American troops in Afghanistan next year – a level largely in line with what U.S. commanders had requested – and that nearly all U.S. forces will leave the country by the end of 2016, bringing to an end a U.S. military mission…

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Navy soars over desert skies during Green Flag 14-07

Posted  May 30, 2014

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Spangler A U.S. Navy F/A-18C Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 131, Naval Air Station Oceana, Va. takes off during Green Flag 14-07, May 21 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The F/A-18C Hornet is a multirole fighter capable of carrying out both air-to-air and air-to-ground…

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NASA, industry complete first phase to certify new crew transportation systems

Posted  May 30, 2014

NASA’s Commercial Crew Program and industry have completed the first step in the certification process that will enable American-made commercial spacecraft safely to ferry astronauts from U.S. soil to and from the International Space Station by 2017. The completion of the Certification Products Contracts marks critical progress in the development of next-generation American space transportation…

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Headlines May 28, 2014

Posted  May 28, 2014

News: Report shows wait ‘schemes’ are ‘systemic throughout VA’ – Veterans at the Phoenix veterans hospital waited on average 115 days for their first medical appointment, which is 91 days longer than the hospital reported, the Department of Veterans’ internal watchdog said May 28.  McKeon glad to see Obama ‘speaking up’ about U.S. leadership – While President…

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News Briefs May 28, 2014

Posted  May 28, 2014

Philippines insists U.S. military accord is legal The Philippine government insisted May 27 that its new accord letting the U.S. expand its military presence in the country is legal and is confident the agreement will withstand constitutional challenges. Two court petitions argue that the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement violates the constitutional ban on foreign military…

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CFIUS approval clears XCOR Aerospace’s first close of series B financing

Posted  May 28, 2014

MOJAVE, Calif. -XCOR Aerospace announced May 27 that the U.S. Treasury Department’s Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States has approved the Series B lead investment by Dutch investors. The first closing of XCOR’s new round of finance issued $14.2 million of Series B preferred shares. XCOR will use the funds to bring the…

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Old Guard Soldiers honor fallen with flags at Arlington graves

Posted  May 28, 2014

Across Arlington National Cemetery last weekend, adjacent to each of the often stark white, simple grave stones, a tiny American flag has been placed into the ground as a tribute to the service and sacrifice of the nation's fallen service members who rest there.

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SAIC awarded U.S. Marine Corps contract to support assault amphibious vehicle upgrades

Posted  May 28, 2014

MCLEAN, Va., May 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ –†The U.S. Marine Corps Program Executive Office ñ Land Systems awarded Science Applications International Corporation a prime contract to engineer, design and test upgrades to 10 prototype and 52 LRIP†vehicles for the Legacy Assault Amphibious Vehicle Personnel Carrier Variant Platform program. The multiple-award, firm fixed-price contract has a 10-month…

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Unmanned aircraft series sets record for mission hours flown in one week

Posted  May 28, 2014

Northrop Grumman’s High Altitude Long Endurance Unmanned Aircraft System series, which includes the U.S. Air Force RQ-4 Global Hawk, set a new record for mission hours flown in one week, logging 665 hours flying operational and exercise missions during the week ending Feb. 23. In 2013, Global Hawk flew an average of 433.8 hours a…

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Northrop Grumman to provide turbine generator units for U.S. Navy’s Ohio replacement submarine program

Posted  May 28, 2014

Northrop Grumman has been awarded a contract by shipbuilder General Dynamics Electric Boat to complete detailed design and subsequent manufacturing, assembly, qualification and delivery of the first turbine generator units for the Ohio Replacement Program, the U.S. Navy’s next-generation ballistic nuclear submarine. The turbine generators provide all of the submarine’s propulsion and other electrical power…

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