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New interrogation system installed on AWACS, more in pipeline

Out with the old, in with the new, at least that's the case for the existing interrogation system found on E-3 Sentry AWACS.

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Boeing Oklahoma City expansion grows facilities, business presence

Boeing broke ground July 29 on a new 290,000 square-foot facility with space for approximately 800 employees.

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NTSB concludes SpaceShipTwo flight test accident investigation

Virgin Galactic photograph WhiteKnightTwo and the first SpaceShipTwo during a captive carry test flight over the Mojave Desert. MOJAVE, Calif.–The National Transportation Safety Board has concluded the investigation of the Oct. 31, 2014, Scaled Composites SpaceShipTwo flight test accident. The NTSB is finalizing the final recommendations and probable causes. At the time of the accident,…

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U.S., Ukraine, Romania, Bulgaria train together at Rapid Trident 2015

Under the hot Ukrainian sun, soldiers from the United States, Ukraine, Romania and Bulgaria rehearsed reacting to contact as part of their situational training during the multi-national Exercise Rapid Trident 2015 at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center, here, July 21.

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Astronaut Stephen Frick retires from NASA

Astronaut Stephen Frick has retired from NASA to accept a position in the private sector. Frick, who flew as both a shuttle pilot and commander, left the Agency July 13. Steve has been a great asset to the astronaut office and NASA, and we are sad to see him leave, said Chris Cassidy, chief of…


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Lockheed Martin successfully tests LRASM MK 41 vertical launch system interface

Posted  January 15, 2014

Lockheed Martin recently demonstrated and validated that its Long Range Anti-Ship Missile can be launched from any MK 41 Vertical Launch System by only modifying the software to existing shipboard equipment. During the company-funded test, LRASM and Tactical Tomahawk Weapons Control System, MK 41 VLS and Mk-114 booster hardware with modified software executed simulated missions…

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Boeing, Alaska Airlines announce order for two 737-900ERs, delivery of 100th Next-Generation 737

Posted  January 15, 2014

Boeing and Alaska Airlines have completed Boeing’s first firm airplane order of 2014 for two additional 737-900ER (Extended Range) airplanes. The agreement, worth $192 million at current list prices, coincides with today’s direct delivery of the 100th Next-Generation 737 airplane to Alaska Airlines. The 737, the world’s best-selling commercial airliner, is a valuable contributor to…

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Raytheon delivers 3000th Tomahawk Block IV to US Navy

Posted  January 15, 2014

Raytheon has delivered the 3000th Tomahawk Block IV missile to the U.S. Navy as part of its ninth Block IV full-rate fiscal year 2012 production contract.  The U.S. Navy continues to purchase Tomahawk missiles via the fiscal 2013 budget, and negotiations are ongoing for next year’s production contract. The Block IV missile design was initiated…

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VA offers $600 million to support services for homeless vet families

Posted  January 15, 2014

Veterans Affairs Department officials announced Jan. 14 the availability of about $600 million in grants through the Supportive Services for Veteran Families program for nonprofit organizations and consumer cooperatives that serve very low-income veteran families occupying permanent housing. “Those who have served our nation should never find themselves on the streets, living without hope,” VA…

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NASA’s Commercial Crew Partners aim to capitalize, expand on 2013 successes in 2014

Posted  January 15, 2014

Several companies, working closely with NASA, ended 2013 with an impressive string of achievements to build on in 2014 as the American aerospace industry continues to develop and demonstrate commercial human spaceflight capabilities with the potential to support both commercial and government customers. The year will be pivotal for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program as the…

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Headlines – January 13, 2014

Posted  January 13, 2014

News: U.S. has deployed military advisers to Somalia, officials say – The U.S. military secretly deployed a small number of trainers and advisers to Somalia in October, the first time regular troops have been stationed in the war-ravaged country since 1993, when two helicopters were shot down and 18 Americans killed in the “Black Hawk Down”…

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News Briefs January 14, 2013

Posted  January 13, 2014

AM General recalling about 200 idled workers AM General plans to begin recalling about 200 idled workers next month at its northern Indiana assembly plants for military and commercial vehicles. AM General spokesman Jeff Adams said Jan. 11 in a statement that the employee recall “is in response to a previously planned foreign military order…

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New secretary testifies to commission on total force

Posted  January 13, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Air Force will rely more on its Air National Guard and Reserve components in the future with the aim to preserve more capabilities as the service seeks to reduce its personnel , the service’s top leader said Jan.9. In her first testimony as secretary of the Air Force, Deborah Lee James…

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Northrop Grumman’s Global Hawk boasts best safety record designation

Posted  January 13, 2014

Northrop Grumman photograph The U.S. Air Force RQ-4 Block 30 Global Hawk. Northrop Grumman’s Global Hawk Unmanned Aerial System has been designated as the platform with the best safety record in the U.S. Air Force in 2013. Detachment 1 of the 69 th Reconnaissance Group contributed to that designation as they maintained exceptional vigilance during…

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Unmanned demo aircraft exceeds 10,000 combat flight hours

Posted  January 13, 2014

Navy photograph The Navyís unmanned RQ-4A Broad Area Maritime Surveillance Demonstrator (BAMS-D) surpassed 10,000 flight hours in December 2013 in support of operations in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. Now entering its sixth year of deployment, BAMS-D provides intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance support to the fleet and is†used to collect lessons learned for…

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