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World War II pilot reunited with P-47

Sitting in a wheelchair with images of airplanes on his shirt and a U.S. Army Air Corps hat on his head, 92-year-old retired Air National Guard Chief Warrant Officer 2 Robert Hertel was reunited with the P-47 Thunderbolt during the Heritage Flight Training and Certification Course at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Feb. 28.

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Turning up the heat

Lockheed Martin photograph Lockheed Martin ATHENA laser weapon system defeats a truck target by disabling the engine, demonstrating its military effectiveness against enemy ground vehicles. Latest evolution of Lockheed Martin laser stops truck in field test Lockheed Martinís 30-kilowatt fiber laser weapon system successfully disabled the engine of a small truck during a recent field…

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NASA’s Chandra Observatory finds cosmic showers halt galaxy growth

Image courtesy of NASA/CXC/DSS/Magellan A study of over 200 galaxy clusters, including Abell 2597 shown here, with NASAís Chandra X-ray Observatory has revealed how an unusual form of cosmic precipitation stifles star formation. Using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, astronomers have found that the growth of galaxies containing supermassive black holes can be slowed down by…

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Vietnam War veterans honored during ceremony at AF Memorial

More than 100 service members, civilians and veterans braved the cold and icy weather to honor prisoners of war and those missing in action during the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War commemoration ceremony and wreath-laying March 2, at the Air Force Memorial in Arlington, Va.

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RAAF aircrew complete basic training in Growler

Five Royal Australian Air Force aircrew personnel graduated from basic training at Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 129, the U.S. Navy’s EA-18G Growler Fleet Replacement Squadron, during a ceremony Feb. 27 at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash. The graduation marked a milestone in the RAAF-U.S. Navy partnership in airborne electronic attack as it was the…


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Lockheed Martin team moves forward in ‘elite eight’ following DARPA robotics challenge trials

Posted  December 28, 2013

Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Laboratories recently completed the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Robotics Challenge trials at the Homestead-Miami Speedway in Florida. The Lockheed Martin-led team, which includes the University of Pennsylvania and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, guided an Atlas humanoid robot through a number of tasks designed to simulate disaster response scenarios. Lockheed Martin is…

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Eight teams earn DARPA funds for 2014 robotics finals

Posted  December 28, 2013

Eight robots took their first steps into the future, Dec. 21, 2013, at a racetrack complex near Miami, one that scientists at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency envisioned for them as the world watched the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster unfold in 2011.

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Business

Beechcraft to be bought by Cessna parent company

Posted  December 28, 2013

Cessna Aircraft parent company Textron Inc. said Dec. 26 it will buy Beechcraft Corp. for approximately $1.4 billion, a deal that would combine two mainstays of Wichita’s general aviation industry. The announcement by Providence, R.I.,-based Textron caps a year that saw Beechcraft emerge from bankruptcy largely freed from debt and its unprofitable Hawker business jet…

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Raytheon names Rebecca Rhoads president of Global Business Services

Posted  December 28, 2013

Raytheon announced Dec. 20 that Rebecca R. Rhoads has been named president of the company’s Global Business Services group, effective immediately. Rhoads, a vice president of Raytheon Company, will remain the company’s chief information officer. The GBS group was established in January 2013 to expand common business operations across the company’s enterprise service delivery areas,…

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U.S. Air Force selects Raytheon’s high-bandwidth satellite terminal for secure, protected communications

Posted  December 28, 2013

Raytheon, the only provider of fielded Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite terminals that protect the military’s most sensitive information, was chosen by the U.S. Air Force under a $134,399,631 contract to develop a terminal that transmits emergency messages to aircrews during nuclear and non-nuclear missions. The Global Aircrew Strategic Network Terminal is part of the…

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TRICARE retiree dental program open for new enrollment

Posted  December 28, 2013

The TRICARE Retiree Dental Program offers comprehensive dental coverage to all enrolled members. Available to retired service members and their family, retired National Guard and Reserve members and their family, Medal of Honor recipients, their family and survivors, TRDP is currently open for enrollment. TRDP covers diagnostic and preventive services, like exams and cleanings at…

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Headlines December 23, 2013

Posted  December 24, 2013

Business: Why acquiring Beechcraft would be great for Textron, Inc. – Textron investors were left smiling Dec. 20, when shares of the defense and aerospace conglomerate jumped more than 14 percent following an encouraging bit of acquisition news from the folks over at the Financial Times. Navy orders more JSOW Glide Bombs from Raytheon – The Department of Defense…

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News Briefs December 23, 2013

Posted  December 24, 2013

NATO begins SOFA negotiations with Afghanistan NATO began Status of Forces Agreement negotiations with the government of Afghanistan, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Adm. John Kirby said in a statement issued Dec. 21. Kirby’s statement reads as follows: “Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel was pleased to learn that NATO has begun negotiations with the Government of…

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Air Force’s newest leader takes charge

Posted  December 24, 2013

The Air Force’s 23rd Secretary of the Air Force was formally sworn in Dec. 20, in the Pentagon.

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A look at the current $632.8 billion defense bill

Posted  December 24, 2013

The comprehensive, $632.8 billion defense bill heading to President Barack Obama for his signature would crack down on sexual assault in the military, authorize combat pay for the troops and cover the cost of new ships, aircraft and weapons. A look at the legislation: * Authorizes $552.1 billion for the core budget, including $17.6 billion…

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