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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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Anniversary marks milestone in U.S.-South Korea alliance

Posted  July 24, 2013

American and South Korean officials and veterans will commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice agreement in the United States and South Korea this week.

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Congress threatens Afghanistan over U.S. exit taxes

Posted  July 24, 2013

Lawmakers threatened Afghanistan July 23 with severe cuts in foreign aid if President Hamid Karzai’s government institutes an exit tax on American military equipment, food supplies and other goods as the United States pulls most of its troops and much of its property out of the country over the next 18 months. I have seen…

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NASA’s Spitzer observes gas emission from comet ISON

Posted  July 24, 2013

Astronomers using NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope have observed what most likely are strong carbon dioxide emissions from Comet ISON ahead of its anticipated pass through the inner solar system later this year. Images captured June 13 with Spitzer’s Infrared Array Camera indicate carbon dioxide is slowly and steadily “fizzing” away from the so-called “soda-pop comet,”…

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Agencies work to bolster vet, family education Outcomes

Posted  July 24, 2013

Several government agencies are working on initiatives to improve educational success rates for service members, veterans and their families, senior Department of Veterans Affairs and consumer protection officials told lawmakers July 23. Curtis L. Coy, deputy undersecretary for economic opportunity for VAís Veterans Benefits Administration, testified with several other witnesses before the Senate Homeland Security…

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Headlines July 22, 2013

Posted  July 22, 2013

News Joint Chiefs chairman seeks Afghan troops deal by October America’s top general July 22 said he would like to see a security agreement with Afghanistan signed by October to give NATO enough time to prepare for a post-2014 military presence instead of a total pullout.   Business EADS to consider adopting name of plane-making…

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News Briefs July 22, 2013

Posted  July 22, 2013

Air Force considers drilling for oil at Vandenberg U.S. Air Force officials said they will study the economic and environmental feasibility of a proposal to lease land on Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., to companies that want to drill for oil and natural gas on California’s central coast. Mark Meier, chief counsel for the State…

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Lockheed Martin delivers rirst HC-130J to Moody Air Force Base

Posted  July 22, 2013

Georgia On Its Mind The first  Lockheed Martin HC-130J Combat King II to be assigned to Air Combat Command’s 347th Rescue Group at Moody Air Force Base, Ga., was ferried July 19 from the company’s Aeronautics facility located in Marietta, Ga. Maj. Gen. H. D. Polumbo, Jr., commander, Ninth Air Force, Air Combat Command, Shaw…

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First upgraded MQ-8C Fire Scout delivered to U.S. Navy

Posted  July 22, 2013

Navy photograph by Vance Vasquez The first MQ-8C Fire Scout delivered to the Naval Air Systems Command. The U.S. Navy got its first look at the upgraded MQ-8 Fire Scout unmanned system when Northrop Grumman delivered its first MQ-8C system this month. Northrop Grumman is the Navy’s prime contractor for the MQ-8 Fire Scout program…

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Lockheed Martin GPS III satellite prototype to help Cape Canaveral Air Force Station prep for launch

Posted  July 22, 2013

Lockheed Martin recently delivered a full-sized, functional prototype of the next-generation Global Positioning System satellite to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station to test facilities and pre-launch processes in advance of the arrival of the first GPS III flight satellite. The GPS III Non-Flight Satellite Testbed arrived at the Cape July 19 to begin to dry…

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VA health care facilities named to 2013 ‘most wired’ hospitals list

Posted  July 22, 2013

The Department of Veterans Affairs, representing 152 VA medical centers, was recently named to the 2013 “Most Wired” hospitals list. The list, which is released by Hospitals & Health Networks, in partnership with McKesson, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives and the American Hospital Association, is the result of a national survey aimed at…

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