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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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Excalibur prototype extends reach of high-energy lasers

Posted  March 7, 2014

High-energy lasers have the potential to benefit a variety of military missions, particularly as weapons or as high-bandwidth communications devices. However, the massive size, weight and power requirements of legacy laser systems limit their use on many military platforms. Even if SWaP limitations can be overcome, turbulence manifested as density fluctuations in the atmosphere increase…

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Business

SAIC awarded contract to support SPAWAR, Office Of The Secretary Of Defense

Posted  March 7, 2014

Science Applications International Corporation announced March 6 it was awarded a prime contract by the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific in support of the Office of the Secretary of Defense to provide systems engineering and technical support services for its Defense Readiness Reporting System. The multiple-award, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract has a three-year base period…

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Coastal Riverine Force admits women to combat billets

Posted  March 7, 2014

The Department of the Navy announced March 7 that women can now be assigned to previously closed positions in the Coastal Riverine Force, continuing in the Department of Defense's rescission of the 1994 Direct Ground Combat Definition and Assignment Rule.

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Raptor crews preserve mission through adversity

Posted  March 7, 2014

Four F-22 Raptors in transient from Savannah, Ga., to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, were diverted to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., March 1.

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Navy budget request involved tough choices, official says

Posted  March 7, 2014

The Navy Department’s fiscal year 2015 budget request reflects tough, but responsible choices, a senior Navy official said at a Pentagon news conference March 4.  The budget request is part of the $495.6 billion defense budget proposal President Barack Obama submitted to Congress. Rear Adm. William Lescher, deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for budget,…

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Boeing announces future retirement plan changes for nonunion employees

Posted  March 7, 2014

Boeing March 6 provided advance notice to nonunion employees participating in the company’s defined benefit pension plans that they will transition in 2016 to a company-funded defined contribution retirement savings plan. Beginning Jan. 1, 2016, Boeing will make cash contributions each pay period to employees’ retirement savings through a new defined contribution component of the…

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NASA’s WISE survey finds thousands of new stars, but no ‘Planet X’

Posted  March 7, 2014

After searching hundreds of millions of objects across our sky, NASA’s Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer has turned up no evidence of the hypothesized celestial body in our solar system commonly dubbed “Planet X.” Researchers previously had theorized about the existence of this large, but unseen celestial body, suspected to lie somewhere beyond the orbit of…

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Headlines – March 5, 2014

Posted  March 5, 2014

News: Pentagon suspends U.S.-Russian military exercises – The United States has suspended all military exercises with Russia in response to the invasion of the eastern region of Crimea as the standoff in Ukraine continues.   Business: U.S. Air Force to fund rescue helicopter in last-minute reversal – The U.S. Air Force decided March 4 to start work…

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News Briefs March 5, 2014

Posted  March 5, 2014

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,176 As of March 3, 2014, at least 2,176 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 1,796 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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Boeing Maritime surveillance aircraft demonstrator completes first flight

Posted  March 5, 2014

Boeing’s Maritime Surveillance Aircraft demonstrator recently completed its first flight to verify airworthiness, an important milestone toward providing a low-risk and cost-effective maritime surveillance solution designed for search and rescue, anti-piracy patrols and coastal and border security.

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