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Triton has first cross-country flight from Palmdale

Northrop Grumman photograph The MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft System takes off from Northrop Grummanís Palmdale, Calif., facility Sept. 17 for its first cross-country flight to Naval Air Station Patuxent, River, Md. PALMDALE, Calif. – The Northrop Grumman-built Unmanned MQ-4C Triton (SDD-1) left its desert testing grounds Sept. 17 and flew to Naval Air Station Patuxent…

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Future of NATO: Adapting to a new security environment

NATO’s supreme allied commander introduced new initiatives geared toward re-embracing its mission of collective defense.

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AFRL commander describes Air Force’s technology vision

Air Force photograph by Scott M. Ash Maj. Gen. Thomas Masiello takes a question from an audience member after discussing Air Force Research Laboratory breakthrough technologies during the 2014 Air Force Association’s Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition, Sept. 16, 2014, in Washington D.C. Masiello is the commander of Air Force Research Laboratory. The…

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Lockheed Martin successfully mates NOAA GOES-R satellite modules

Lockheed Martin photograph Lockheed Martin successfully mated together the large system and propulsion modules of the first GOES-R series weather satellite at the companyís Space Systems facilities near Denver, Colo. A team of technicians and engineers at Lockheed Martin has successfully mated together the large system and propulsion modules of the first GOES-R series weather…

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NASA Mars spacecraft ready for Sept. 21 orbit insertion

NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution spacecraft is nearing its scheduled Sept. 21 insertion into Martian orbit after completing a 10-month interplanetary journey of 442 million miles.


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Gray Eagle completes initial operational testing, evaluation

Posted  March 4, 2013

Army photograph The U.S. Army’s Gray Eagle unmanned aircraft system recently completed a successful initial operating test & evaluation at the Army’s National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif. The U.S. Army’s Gray Eagle unmanned aircraft system recently completed a successful initial operational testing and evaluation at the Army’s National Training Center at Fort Irwin,…

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NASA transfers operational control of environmental sattelite

Posted  March 4, 2013

The Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership satellite, a partnership between NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, was transitioned to NOAA operational organization control Feb. 22. The transition marks the next step of the mission that supports NASA’s Earth science research and NOAA’s weather forecasting missions. Suomi NPP continues the observations of Earth from space…

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Budget cuts threaten defense industrial base, official says

Posted  March 4, 2013

Navy photograph by PO1 David McKee U.S. Navy hull maintenance technician fireman Ryan Renneker grinds a blank flange for a seawater cooler on one of the diesel engines aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island in the Arabian Sea, March 1, 2012. Large and sudden U.S. spending cuts and an unstable budget environment promise…

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News Briefs March 4, 2013

Posted  March 4, 2013

NORAD may shed 24-hour alert sites in Virginia, Minnesota NORAD is considering taking two of its 18 Air Force sites off 24-hour alert, saying it will save millions of dollars without compromising its ability to defend against 9/11-style attacks. A Government Accountability Office report released Feb. 28 said the North American Aerospace Defense Command might…

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Headlines: March 4, 2013

Posted  March 4, 2013

Business Pratt & Whitney finds engine-test fraud at sibling plant United Technologies Corp. Pratt & Whitney jet engine unit has found that another United Tech unit fraudulently tested parts of engines for business jets to reduce the odds of further monitoring, Pratt said March 4. Ready Here. United Kingdom says Thales, Airbus to build A400M…

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Boeing ready to move on 787 fix, if U.S. approves

Posted  March 6, 2013

Boeing said March 4 that it is set to move quickly to get its 787s back in the air if it gets U.S. federal approval for a fix for the batteries that have grounded the planes. The Federal Aviation Administration is considering a plan that Boeing submitted on Feb. 22 for fixing the batteries. The…

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Locklear: Budget uncertainty threatens Asia-Pacific rebalance

Posted  March 6, 2013

Sequestration and budget uncertainties are already impacting U.S. Pacific Command’s operations and loom “like an avalanche” that could ultimately undermine the U.S. rebalance to Asia-Pacific in accordance with the new U.S. strategic guidance, the top commander in the region told Congress March 5. Navy Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III told the House Armed Services Committee…

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Senate appoints four members to QDR panel

Posted  March 6, 2013

Retired Marine Corps Gen. James E. Cartwright, former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Michele Flournoy, former undersecretary of defense for policy, are among four appointments to the Quadrennial Defense Review’s independent panel the Senate Armed Services Committee announced March 5. Also named to the panel were retired Air Force Gen. Gregory…

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Boeing to offer Inmarsat-4 satellite communications bandwidth to commercial customers

Posted  March 6, 2013

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Responding to global demand for mobile satellite communications bandwidth, Boeing has been certified by Inmarsat to offer commercial customers a variety of capabilities – including 3G, Voice over Internet Protocol, streaming video, direct dialing and secure communications – through Inmarsat’s Inmarsat-4 L-band service. Boeing Commercial Satellite Services, a unit of Boeing…

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North Koreans threaten to nullify 1953 armistice agreement

Posted  March 6, 2013

North Korea has threatened to nullify the armistice that ended the 1950-53 Korean War. The North Korean rhetoric appears to be in response to threatened United Nations sanctions that may be put in place following the Feb. 12 North Korean test of a nuclear weapon, DOD officials said. The North Korean Central News Agency quoted…

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