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Upgrades ‘new normal’ for armor in uncertain budget environment

If any journalists at the recent AUSAAME press conference expected to hear revelations of a major ground combat system acquisition on the near-term horizon, that notion was quickly dispelled.

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Boeing celebrates groundbreaking for 777X composite wing center

Boeing Oct. 21 celebrated the groundbreaking of its new 777X Composite Wing Center at the Everett, Wash., campus.

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First F-35A operational weapons load crew qualified

Three airmen with the 58th Aircraft Maintenance Unit became the first qualified operational weapons load crew for the F-35A Lightning II during a qualification load at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Oct. 10.

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Boeing-built X-37B successfully completes third flight

The Boeing-built X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle successfully de-orbited and landed today at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., at 9:24 a.m., PDT, concluding a 674-day experimental test mission for the U.S. Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office.

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Dassault Falcon Jet establishes new pilot operational support team

Dassault Falcon Jet recently established a new Pilot Operational Support Team in Teterboro, N.J., to support operators in the Western Hemisphere.


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Business

David Gitlin named president, Aircraft Systems – UTC Aerospace Systems

Posted  September 13, 2013

United Technologies Corp. announced Sept. 12 that David Gitlin has been named president of the Aircraft Systems business segment of UTC Aerospace Systems, effective immediately and reporting to Alain Bellemare, president and CEO, UTC Propulsion & Aerospace Systems. Gitlin succeeds Curtis Reusser who is leaving to pursue his career outside of UTC. “Dave is exceptionally…

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Space

Hubble uncovers largest known group of star clusters, clues to dark matter

Posted  September 13, 2013

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has uncovered the largest known population of globular star clusters, an estimated 160,000, swarming like bees inside the crowded core of the giant grouping of galaxies known as Abell 1689.

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Tech

Centcom program bridges scientific, technological gaps

Posted  September 13, 2013

Step onto an elevator beside Martin Drake, U.S. Central Command’s chief science and technology adviser, and one might be surprised to hear him deliver to perfect strangers an unclassified tutorial he calls “Science and Technology 101.”

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Boeing fulfills U.S. Air Force C-17 production contract with 223rd delivery

Posted  September 13, 2013

LONG BEACH, Calif. – Boeing delivered the 223rd and last U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III airlifter Sept. 12, fulfilling the production contract more than 20 years after the first delivery. The aircraft left Boeingís Long Beach facility to fly to its assignment at Joint Base Charleston, S.C., where a ceremony will mark its arrival….

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Airmen missing from World War II accounted for

Posted  September 13, 2013

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced Sept. 12 that two U.S. servicemen, missing in action from World War II, have been identified and are being returned to their families for burial with full military honors. Army Air Force 2nd Lt. Valorie L. Pollard of Monterey, Calif. and Sgt. Dominick J. Licari of Frankfort,…

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Headlines September 11, 2013

Posted  September 11, 2013

News: House panel rolls out short-term 2014 CR - A House panel introduced legislation to avert a government shutdown by funding the Pentagon and other federal agencies at fiscal 2013 levels until mid-December. With the Senate unable to pass appropriations bills, a stopgap funding measure called a continuing resolution will be needed to keep the federal…

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News Briefs September 11, 2013

Posted  September 11, 2013

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,134 As of Sept. 10, 2013, at least 2,134 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,771 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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Raytheon’s SM-3, AN/TPY-2 successful in operational ballistic missile defense test

Posted  September 11, 2013

Raytheon’s Standard Missile-3 Block IA guided missile and AN/TPY-2 ballistic missile defense radar played integral roles in the success of Flight Test Operational-01, the Missile Defense Agency’s operational test of the U.S. Ballistic Missile Defense System. During the test, a SM-3 Block IA guided missile fired from the USS Decatur (DDG 73) intercepted a medium-range…

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StandardAero signs support center agreement with RainAir

Posted  September 11, 2013

StandardAero has signed a three year Support Center Agreement with RainAir Aircraft Services for engine maintenance, repair and overhaul on the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A engine. Under the terms of the contract, StandardAero will serve as the exclusive engine service provider to RainAir. Todays Support Center Agreement is our first with RainAir, said Rob…

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KC-46 tanker ‘on cost, on schedule,’ acting SecAF says

Posted  September 11, 2013

The Air Force’s KC-46 air refueling tanker project is “on cost and on schedule,” Acting Air Force Secretary Eric Fanning said here Sept. 9. In an interview with American Forces Press Service, Fanning said the program “is in a real healthy place.” The Air Force will buy 179 of the aircraft to replace the venerable…

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