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Navy’s first F-35C squadron surpasses 1,000 flight hours

Air Force photograph by Samuel King Jr. An F-35C Lightning II aircraft piloted by Lt. Cmdr. Chris Tabert, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101, flies the squadron’s first local sortie. The F-35C is the carrier variant of the Joint Strike Fighter. VFA 101, based at Eglin Air Force Base, serves as the F-35C Fleet…

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Boeing South Carolina begins final assembly of its first 787-9 Dreamliner

Boeing has started final assembly of the 787-9 Dreamliner at its South Carolina facility. The team began joining large fuselage sections of the newest 787 Nov. 22 on schedule, a proud milestone for the South Carolina team and another sign of stability for the program. The North Charleston, S.C., site joins Boeing’s Everett, Wash., final…

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Ball Aerospace equips Orion mission with key avionics, antenna hardware

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. is providing the phased array antennas and flight test cameras to prime contractor Lockheed Martin for Orion's Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1), which is an unmanned test flight scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral, Fla.

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President announces Hagel’s resignation as defense secretary

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel shakes hands with President Barack Obama at the White House Nov. 24. The president announced that Hagel would resign his position as defense secretary. Praising Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s class and integrity, President Barack Obama announced Nov. 24 at the White House that Hagel will leave his post. The president said…

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SEWIP block upgrade program evaluated for LCS

The Navy is evaluating a scaled-down version of the Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program system for potential incorporation on future Littoral Combat Ships


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JLENS demonstrates tactical ballistic missile defense capability

Posted  February 20, 2013

Raytheon photograph Ballistic Missile Detection – Raytheon’s JLENS recently demonstrated the capability to detect ballistic missiles shortly after launch. A JLENS system, referred to as an orbit, consists of two tethered, 74-meter aerostats connected to mobile mooring stations, and communications and processing groups. Enemy tactical ballistic missiles may soon be easier to detect and track….

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VA decision on burial rights departs from past

Posted  February 20, 2013

The government has cleared the first burial of a same-sex spouse of a veteran in a national cemetery, but it’s far from certain how easy it will be for other gay military couples to win the same benefit. Who gets buried where is one of the practical decisions that the federal government is grappling with…

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NASA seeks big ideas for small in-space propulsion systems

Posted  February 20, 2013

NASA’s Space Technology Program is calling for proposals to develop miniaturized electrospray propulsion technologies that could revolutionize small satellite propulsion systems. Electrospray thrusters use electricity to energize material and then disperse a resulting liquid or aerosol through an emitter to create thrust. The development of low-mass, lightweight micro thruster technologies has the potential to radically…

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Union splits decision on Boeing strike authorization

Posted  February 20, 2013

Federal mediators have been called to schedule new talks between Boeing and the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace. The call for mediation comes as union members split their votes with the Professional Unit accepting Boeing’s latest offer, while the Technical Unit rejected the company’s offer and authorized strike action. While engineers and technical…

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First Afghan Air Force C-208 CASEVAC a success

Posted  February 20, 2013

Canadian Air Force photograph by Sgt. Vaughan Lightowler Flight nurses from the Afghan Air Force Clinic in Kabul, assisted by the AAF Surgeon General, Col. Abdul Rasoul Mayel, lift the first litter borne patient in Afghan Air Force history transported by a Cessna 208, off the aircraft in Kabul, Feb. 11, 2013. In another historic…

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New medal to retain place in order of precedence

Posted  February 20, 2013

The new Distinguished Warfare Medal will retain its place in the order of precedence among military decorations, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said Feb. 19. Much of the public discussion of the new medal has centered on its precedence. It ranks below the Distinguished Flying Cross and above the Bronze Star. “We are not diminishing…

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Raytheon’s new precision artillery ready for low-rate initial production

Posted  February 20, 2013

Raytheon has received a U.S. Army fiscal year 2012 contract for the production of Excalibur Increment Ib precision-guided projectiles. The $56.6 million contract, awarded in December, marks the start of low-rate initial production of Excalibur Ib. Excalibur is a 155mm precision-guided, extended-range projectile that uses GPS precision guidance to provide accurate, first round, fire-for-effect capability…

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Curtiss-Wright announces Surface Technologies Segment

Posted  February 20, 2013

Curtiss-Wright Corporation is renaming its Metal Treatment segment to Curtiss-Wright Surface Technologies. Headquartered in Paramus, N.J., the Surface Technologies business segment provides highly engineered services, including protective coatings, analytical services, laser peening, and shot peening to critical components operating in the aerospace, power generation, oil and gas, general industrial, and transportation markets. The segment operates…

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Panetta notifies Congress DOD preparing for furloughs

Posted  February 20, 2013

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has notified Congress that the Defense Department is prepared to implement furloughs for civilian personnel in response to the threat of sequestration. In a memo to all employees, Panetta vowed to continue working with Congress to avoid sequestration, which would add $470 billion to the $487 billion in defense spending…

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ACC continues planning for sequestration impacts

Posted  February 20, 2013

Air Combat Command officials continue to take actions to slow, and within the near-term dramatically restrict, fiscal 2013 spending in light of pending sequestration and a projected $1.8 billion shortfall in overseas contingency funding. “We are prioritizing our efforts to sustain force structure and preserve combat capability for the joint force,” said Gen. Mike Hostage,…

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