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First operational F-35As arrive at Hill AFB

The Air Force ushered in a new era of combat air power Sept. 2 as Hill Air Force Base, Utah, received the service’s first two operational F-35As. Hill’s active duty 388th Fighter Wing and Reserve 419th Fighter Wing will be the first combat-coded units to fly and maintain the Air Force’s newest fifth-generation fighter aircraft….

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High Desert Hangar Stories with Bob Alvis

Mach 1: the story has been told thousands of times of Chuck Yeager and that special day over Muroc, when the first sonic booms rattled windows. But sitting in church this morning, I looked over to a lady and her son who have a different take on that historical achievement.

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U-2 celebrating 60 years

Lockheed Martin is celebrating 60 years of the U-2 program with festivities planned throughout the company. “It’s not a 60-year old aircraft, it is a 60-year old program that is still going strong,” said Melani Austin, U-2 Program Director at Skunk Works, Palmdale, Calif., during a recent press tour. “We have people that have started…

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United Launch Alliance successfully launches U.S. Navy’s MUOS-4

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying the fourth Mobile User Objective System satellite for the U.S. Navy launched from Space Launch Complex-41 at 6:18 a.m., EDT, Sept. 2 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The MUOS-4 spacecraft will bring advanced, new, global communications capabilities to mobile military forces, as well as ensure…

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F-22 inaugural deployment to Europe

Four F-22 Raptors, one C-17 Globemaster III, and approximately 60 airmen arrived at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, to train with allied air forces and U.S. services through mid-September.


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Ganz to lead Boeing business in Germany, northern Europe

Posted  February 5, 2013

Boeing announced Feb. 4 the appointment of Matt Ganz as president, Boeing Germany and Northern Europe, and vice president, European Technology Strategy, effective April 1. He will be based in the Boeing office in Berlin, and succeeds Marlin Dailey, who has retired from Boeing. Brian Moran, director of Boeing Northern Europe, will lead the Berlin…

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Army must complete analysis before opening jobs to women

Posted  February 5, 2013

Last month, the Secretary of Defense announced an end to the Direct Ground Combat Exclusion Rule for female soldiers. But the Army wants commanders in the field to know that it will be some time before they'll be able to make any changes in their units.

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News Briefs February 4, 2013

Posted  February 5, 2013

Navy sets cost controls at Maine sub shipyard A U.S. Navy admiral says new cost-control measures will impact Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. Foster’s Daily Democrat says Adm. Jonathan Greenert, chief of naval operations, wrote in a Jan. 25 memo that the Navy is looking to reduce “base operating support” by 10 percent in the coming year….

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Headlines: February 4, 2013

Posted  February 5, 2013

News Boeing sues Sea Launch partners for $350 million Boeing has sued its Russian and Ukrainian partners in satellite launch service Sea Launch, saying they refused to pay it more than $350 million following the joint-venture’s bankruptcy filing in 2009.     Business Pratt & Whitney seals F-35 engine deal with Pentagon Pratt & Whitney,…

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Drone Strike Limitations Considered By Congress After Justice Department Memo Surfaces

Posted  February 6, 2013

Uncomfortable with the Obama administration’s use of deadly drones, a growing number in Congress is looking to limit America’s authority to kill suspected terrorists, even U.S. citizens. The Democratic-led outcry was emboldened by the revelation in a newly surfaced Justice Department memo that shows drones can strike against a wider range of threats, with less…

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F-22 pilot physician takes safety to new heights

Posted  February 6, 2013

Courtesy photograph Lt. Col. (Dr.) Jay Flottmann, a former flight surgeon and now fully qualified F-22 Raptor pilot and 325th Fighter Wing chief of flight safety, shown here with an F-15 Eagle, is the first pilot-physician to drive the F-22. Powerful thrust paired with unparalleled agility propels the grey fighter jet through the sky, in…

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Economy, military shape U.S. Iran strategy

Posted  February 6, 2013

President Barack Obama may have to decide this year whether to use military force to fulfill his vow to prevent Iran from being able to build nuclear weapons, foreign policy experts say. But America’s economic and military realities argue intensely against attacking the Islamic republic and for muddling through by, perhaps, further tightening sanctions that…

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Javelin demonstrates extended range capability in recent tests

Posted  February 6, 2013

The Raytheon and Lockheed Martin Javelin Joint Venture recently demonstrated the ability of the Javelin missile to engage targets beyond its current maximum range requirements during a series of tests at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. During the U.S. Army tests, the Javelin system acquired and engaged targets up to 4,750 meters. “These tests prove…

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New water jets could propel LCS to greater speeds

Posted  February 6, 2013

The Navy’s fifth Littoral Combat Ship, Milwaukee, will be the first to benefit from new high-power density water jets aimed at staving off rudder and propeller damage experienced on high-speed ships. The product of an Office of Naval Research Future Naval Capabilities program, the waterjets arrived last month at the Marinette Marine shipyard in Wisconsin,…

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Former program manager returns to DARPA to lead Tactical Technology Office

Posted  February 6, 2013

Many things drive scientists and technologists from across multiple disciplines to join DARPA as program managers and technical office directors. The most common theme, however, is service to country. At DARPA, these visionaries are charged with creating and preventing technological surprise in support of U.S. national security. For Bradford Tousley, a former DARPA program manager…

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