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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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U.S. Navy awards production contract for additional P-8A aircraft, first RAAF planes

The U.S. Navy awarded a nearly $1.5 billion contract Aug. 27 to Boeing Defense, Space & Security for the procurement of 13 Full-Rate Production Lot 2 P-8A Poseidon aircraft.

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A-4 Skyhawks support F-35 operational testing

Courtesy photograph by Frank Crebas Pictured from top down is an F-35 Lightning II, an F-16 Fighting Falcon and an A-4 Skyhawk. In support of an operational test exercise for their F-35s, the Royal Netherlands Air Force contingent at Edwards brought in six A-4s from Draken International, six F-16s from the 162nd Fighter Wing, Arizona…


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Apache-UAV teaming combines ‘best capabilities of man, machine’

Posted  May 12, 2014

Apache helicopters, teamed with Gray Eagle and Shadow unmanned aerial vehicles, are a winning combo, according to Col. Thomas von Eschenbach.

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DOD needs new base closure round, senior official says

Posted  May 12, 2014

The Defense Department is calling on Congress to authorize another round of base realignments and closures because of excess capacity that is cutting into funding for troop readiness and other higher priority needs, a senior DOD official said. We cannot afford to waste money on infrastructure that essentially taxes the war fighters for the readiness…

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Boeing, Embraer to open joint research center for sustainable aviation biofuel

Posted  May 12, 2014

Boeing and Embraer S.A. announced May 12 that they will open a joint research center to advance a sustainable aviation biofuel industry in Brazil. Under a memorandum of understanding, the two companies will perform joint biofuel research, as well as fund and coordinate research with Brazilian universities and other institutions. The research will focus on…

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Air Force official testifies on dangers of ‘space junk’

Posted  May 12, 2014

One congresswoman summed up the issue succinctly during a House Science, Space and Technology Committee hearing May 9: space junk is a growing problem. Lt. Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond, the commander of the 14th Air Force, Air Force Space Command and U.S. Strategic Command’s Joint Force Component Command for Space, testified at the hearing,…

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Marine Corps to review raid on law offices

Posted  May 12, 2014

Military criminal investigators raided Marine Corps defense counsel offices at Camp Pendleton, Calif., opening files during a 21/2-hour search and potentially compromising scores of cases, the attorney who oversees Marine defense lawyers in the region said May 9. Investigators raided the offices May 2 in search of a cellphone tied to a case being tried…

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NASA-UCI study indicates loss of West Antarctic glaciers appears unstoppable

Posted  May 12, 2014

A new study by researchers at NASA and the University of California, Irvine, finds a rapidly melting section of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet appears to be in an irreversible state of decline, with nothing to stop the glaciers in this area from melting into the sea.

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New software assists with next generation of advanced aircraft

Posted  May 12, 2014

Courtesy graphic In the diagram, the first image is of a rotor fan surface geometry that was the result of the laser scan. The second image shows computational fluid dynamics mesh that was generated from the surface and then used to produce the CFD results. The third image shows a portion of the CFD flowfield…

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ATK secures 300 Win. Magnum ammunition contract

Posted  May 12, 2014

ATK has announced it was awarded a Fixed Price Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity contract from the U.S. Army for the production of Mk248 Mod 0, 190-grain and Mk248 Mod 1, 220-grain 300 Win. Magnum (Win Mag) rifle ammunition. The Army has selected this ammunition for primary use in its M2010 Sniper rifle. The five-year 300 Win…

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Headlines May 9, 2014

Posted  May 9, 2014

News: HASC OKs $600 billion in 2015 DOD spending, nixes A-10 retirement plans – The House Armed Services Committee early May 8 unanimously approved a measure that would authorize just over $600 billion in 2015 US defense spending and block plans to retire the A-10 attack plane. VA orders national care review as critics’ frustration grows –…

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News Briefs May 9, 2014

Posted  May 9, 2014

U.K. looks to allow women in frontline combat roles Britain’s defense minister says women should be allowed to serve in front-line army combat units. Defense Secretary Philip Hammond said May 8 the army should be open “to all who can meet the standards required.” He said tough fitness rules meant “some roles will have limited…

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