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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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Budget cuts mean 8,000 fewer Marines, commandant says

Posted  June 26, 2013

If sequestrationís annual spending cuts continue past this year, the Marine Corps will lose 8,000 in troop strength, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James F. Amos said June 26. ìI donít want this to happen,î the nationís senior Marine told the Defense Writers Group here. Ongoing sequester cuts will lead to readiness risks, he said, but…

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Wyle awarded NASA contract to provide flight products for Marshall Center

Posted  June 26, 2013

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -†Wyle has been awarded a five-year contract by NASA to provide engineering solutions and development and flight products in the areas of science and technology, exploration and flight projects at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Al. Called the Engineering Solutions and Prototyping Contract,†it is a performance-based, cost-reimbursement fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity…

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GA-ASI to develop Predator B variant to meet NATO/European airworthiness standards

Posted  June 26, 2013

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. announced June 26 that it is undertaking an Independent Research and Development effort to develop a variant of its PredatorÆ B RPA that is fully compliant with the airworthiness requirements of the U.S. Air Force and anticipated NATO foreign customers, as well as offers enhanced capabilities for integration into domestic…

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Austal celebrates keel laying for Montgomery (LCS 8)

Posted  June 26, 2013

Austal held a keel-laying ceremony for the fourth Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship ñ Montgomery (LCS 8) – June 25. This is the second LCS of ten awarded by the Navy to Austal, as prime contractor, and the sixth keel laying ceremony celebrated by Austal, as prime, in less than three years. During that time Austal…

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Defense Logistics Agency injects revenue into small businesses

Posted  June 26, 2013

When small businesses struggle to navigate the world of government contracts or a government buyer seeks out responsible vendors, the Defense Logistics Agency and the Procurement Technical Assistance Centers work to bring the parties together. Funded through cooperative agreements with DLA, the PTACs have a local presence in 49 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and…

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U.S. senators seek cost cuts for F-35 fighter jet

Posted  June 26, 2013

Senators sought cost-cutting opportunities June 19 in the Pentagon’s $400 billion program for the next-generation F-35, a fighter jet with a troubled testing record that military leaders said America couldn’t afford not to build. Chairing the hearing, Sen. Dick Durbin lamented that the F-35 already has cost taxpayers billions more than what Congress signed up…

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NASA selects student teams for microgravity research flights

Posted  June 26, 2013

NASA has selected 14 undergraduate student teams from minority serving institutions across the United States to test science experiments under microgravity conditions. The teams will fly Nov. 1-8, as part of a collaborative effort between the agency’s Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) and the Reduced Gravity Education Flight Project. The teams design and…

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Innovative partnerships expand NASAís summer education reach

Posted  June 26, 2013

NASA has selected more than 170 educational organizations nationwide to receive Summer of Innovation mini-awards of as much as $2,500 each. The awards are designed to expand NASA’s education network and help the agency keep middle school students engaged in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) activities throughout the summer break and beyond. The awardees…

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Headlines June 24, 2013

Posted  June 24, 2013

News Stunt plane crashes in Ohio; two dead A stunt plane crashed at an Ohio air show June 22, killing two people.   Business U.S. arms makers emerging hopeful in face of budget cuts The fallout of U.S. defense budget cuts was plain to see at last week’s Paris Air Show in a range of…

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News Briefs June 24, 2013

Posted  June 24, 2013

Remains of missing Korean War soldier returned The remains of a U.S. Army soldier from Missouri who disappeared in Korea in 1950 have been identified and returned to his family in Arkansas. The remains of Cpl. Marvin Omans arrived by plane June 21 in Little Rock where they were met by his sister – Dorothy…

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