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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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NASA satellite provides first view of solar system’s tail

Posted  July 10, 2013

Like a comet, the solar system has a tail. NASA’s Interstellar Boundary Explorer has for the first time mapped out the structure of this tail, which is shaped like a four-leaf clover. Scientists describe the tail, called the heliotail, based on the first three years of IBEX imagery in a paper published in the July…

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President reviews options for U.S. presence in Afghanistan

Posted  July 10, 2013

President Barack Obama is reviewing options from his national security team on what the possible U.S. footprint in Afghanistan will look like after 2014, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said July 9. The president has the “time and space” to make the decision, Little told reporters at the Pentagon. “Any potential U.S. military presence beyond…

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Dempsey calls on DOD leaders to mitigate sequester effects

Posted  July 10, 2013

Sequestration is causing problems in the Defense Department, but military and civilian employees are working together to get through this period, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said July 9. In a videotaped message to the department posted on his Facebook page, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey said that solid leadership at all…

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Ball Aerospace, Aerojet Rocketdyne complete thruster test for ‘green’ spacecraft fuel

Posted  July 10, 2013

Ball Aerospace and Aerojet Rocketdyne have met the first milestone in demonstrating a more environmentally friendly spacecraft fuel by completing an end-to-end checkout of the 22 Newton thruster required for NASA's Green Propellant Infusion Mission.

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Headlines July 8, 2013

Posted  July 8, 2013

News In difficult year for Boeing, 777 crash may not be major setback The first fatal crash of a Boeing 777 jetliner July 6 may not pose much of a setback to the company, in part because design features of the plane helped prevent burning and break-up that could have led to greater loss of…

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News Briefs July 8, 2013

Posted  July 8, 2013

Israeli F-16 fighter jet crashes; pilots unharmed The Israeli military says an F-16 fighter jet has crashed into the Mediterranean Sea after its two crew members safely ejected from the aircraft. The F-16 is the backbone of the Israeli air force. The two-seater F-16I is its latest and most advanced version. The military said the…

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P-8A passes initial operational test, evaluation

Posted  July 8, 2013

After an extensive testing period, the U.S. Navy announced July 1 in an Initial Operational Test and Evaluation report that its new patrol and reconnaissance aircraft, P-8A Poseidon, was found “operationally effective, operationally suitable, and ready for fleet introduction.”

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Northrop Grumman supports successful propulsion system rocket engine test

Posted  July 8, 2013

Northrop Grumman recently supported the successful test of the Minuteman III Propulsion System Rocket Engine at NASA’s White Sands Testing Facility in Las Cruces, N.M. The PSRE is the liquid post-boost upper stage of the Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile. This was a designated product quality assurance test, which is a full mission duty ground…

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Mikros Systems awarded $2.8 million contract With the U.S. Navy

Posted  July 8, 2013

Mikros Systems Corporation, announced July 8 that it was awarded a $2.8 million contract to deliver new condition-based maintenance capabilities for radars and electronic systems aboard the U.S Navy’s Littoral Combat Ships. Over the past three years Mikros has delivered more than 100 Adaptive Diagnostic Electronic Portable Test-set systems to the U.S. Navy for use…

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NASA seeks information on commercial robotic lunar lander capabilities

Posted  July 8, 2013

NASA July 2 issued a Request for Information that will help agency officials better understand current plans in the U.S. commercial space industry for a robotic lunar landing capability. The RFI will assist NASA in assessing U.S. industry’s interest in partnerships to develop a robotic lander that could enable commercial and agency missions. The RFI…

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