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Storm fails to quench liftoff of secret reconnaissance satellite

The fiery launch of an Atlas V (541), among the most powerful of the venerable Atlas family, briefly dispelled the gloom over Californiaís Central Coast on the evening of Dec. 12. A team of personnel from United Launch Alliance and the 30th Space Wing at Vandenberg Air Force Base completed the countdown sequence at 7:19…

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Navy demonstrates unmanned helicopter operations aboard Coast Guard cutter

http://static.dvidshub.net/media/video/1412/DOD_102145893/DOD_102145893-512×288-442k.mp4 Coast Guard photograph An MQ-8B Fire Scout UAS is tested off the Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf near Los Angeles, Dec. 5 2014. The Coast Guard Research and Development Center has been testing UAS platforms consistently for the last three years. The U.S. Navy completed an MQ-8B Fire Scout demonstration aboard U.S. Coast Guard Cutter…

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GPS III, OCX successfully demonstrate key satellite command, control capabilities

Lockheed Martin and Raytheon successfully completed the fourth of five planned launch and early orbit exercises to demonstrate new automation capabilities, information assurance and launch readiness of the worldís most powerful and accurate Global Positioning System, the U.S. Air Forceís next generation GPS III satellite and Operational Control System. Successful completion of Exercise 4 on…

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NASA analysis: 11 trillion gallons to replenish California drought losses

It will take about 11 trillion gallons of water - around 1.5 times the maximum volume of the largest U.S. reservoir - to recover from California's continuing drought, according to a new analysis of NASA satellite data.

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Governor Brown’s Military Council visits Aerospace Valley

Members of the Governor’s Military Council visited Edwards Air Force Base and Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, to learn a little more about the Antelope Valley’s defense industry and to get a closer look at some of America’s leading aerospace companies.


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Defense

Cuts harm programs sustaining all-volunteer force, official says

Posted  March 15, 2013

Spending cuts that took effect March 1 will diminish recruiting, training, and medical and support programs that sustain the all-volunteer force, a senior Pentagon official told Congress March 13. Jessica L. Wright, acting undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, noted to the House Armed Services Committee that President Barack Obama exempted military personnel accounts…

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F-35 production on track, program chief says

Posted  March 15, 2013

The F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter program is a different program than it was four years ago, the F-35 program executive officer said March 12. In a speech at the McAleese/Credit Suisse Defense Programs Conference at the Newseum, Lt. Gen. Christopher C. Bogdan told attendees that he and his predecessor, Navy Vice Adm. Dave…

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Business

General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems awarded $19 million for U.S. Navy F/A-18 mission computers

Posted  March 15, 2013

The U.S. Navy awarded General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems a $19.3 million contract to produce Type-3 advanced mission computers for the F/A-18E/F and E/A-18G Super Hornet aircraft. General Dynamics has delivered F/A-18 advanced mission computers since 2002. General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems is a business unit of General Dynamics. The AMC is the nerve center…

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News Briefs March 15, 2013

Posted  March 15, 2013

Three former execs plead guilty in California asbestos case Three former executives of a now-defunct nonprofit have been convicted of violating federal asbestos laws when the former Castle Air Force Base in Atwater was cleaned up. The Merced Sun-Star reports Rudy Buendia, Patrick Bowman and Joseph Cuellar each pleaded guilty Monday to one count of…

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Veterans

Guard, Reserve veteran unemployment rate decreases

Posted  March 18, 2013

A senior Pentagon official said there’s been progress in reducing the unemployment rate for Guard and Reserve veterans, but also told a House panel that more work needs to be done. In testimony before the House Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity March 14 , Ronald G. Young, the family and employer programs and policy director within…

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NASA awards task order contract to Astrotech Space Operations – California for SMAP spacecraft processing

Posted  March 18, 2013

Astrotech Corporation, a leading provider of commercial space services, March 15 announced that its Astrotech Space Operations subsidiary has been awarded a NASA task order contract to provide payload processing services for the Soil Moisture Active Passive satellite at ASO’s Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., facility. SMAP is the second mission awarded by NASA under…

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Hagel orders review of U.S. defense strategy to test its underpinnings in light of budget cuts

Posted  March 18, 2013

In response to the budget cuts that took effect March 1, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered a re-evaluation of the underpinnings of the defense strategy that President Barack Obama announced 14 months ago. Hagel spokesman George Little said March 17 that Hagel wants to see the results by May 31. The Obama strategy, unveiled…

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Space station astronauts land safely in Kazakhstan

Posted  March 18, 2013

Three members of the Expedition 34 crew undocked from the International Space Station and returned safely to Earth March 15 wrapping up a mission lasting more than four and a half months. Expedition 35 now is under way. Station Commander Kevin Ford of NASA and Soyuz Commander Evgeny Tarelkin and Flight Engineer Oleg Novitskiy of…

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World

NATO Secretary General discusses progress in Afghanistan

Posted  March 18, 2013

Though setbacks may happen, real progress is taking place in Afghanistan, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said in Brussels March 18. In a news conference at NATO headquarters, Rasmussen discussed a recent trip to Afghanistanís Helmand province, once a Taliban stronghold, to visit International Security Assistance Force service members and meet with Afghan officials….

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U.S. bolstering missile defense

Posted  March 18, 2013

The United States will add more ground-based ballistic missile interceptors to its arsenal to guard against increased threats from North Korea and Iran, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced March 15. North Korean and Iranian missile capabilities have increased and the United States must stay ahead of that threat, Hagel said. Both have developed longer range…

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