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Russian aircraft flies near U.S. Navy ship in Black Sea

Navy photograph by Seamn Edward Guttierrez III Sailors man the rails as the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook arrives at Naval Station Rota, Spain, Feb. 11, 2014. Donald Cook is the first of four Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers to be stationed in Rota. A Russian attack aircraft repeatedly flew near the USS Donald…

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NASA’s Orion Spacecraft powers through first integrated system testing

NASA's Orion spacecraft has proven its mettle in a test designed to determine the spacecraft's readiness for its first flight test - Exploration Flight Test-1 - later this year. EFT-1 will send the spacecraft more than 3,600 miles from Earth and return it safely.

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Navy to christen future USS Zumwalt, new class of destroyer

The Navy will christen the future USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) April 12, during a ceremony at General Dynamics-Bath Iron Works shipyard in Bath, Maine. The lead ship and class are named in honor of former Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Admiral Elmo R. “Bud” Zumwalt Jr., who served as the 19th CNO from 1970-1974. Secretary…

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Future USS America delivered

Navy photograph by PO1 Lewis Hunsaker More than 900 Sailors and Marines assigned to the amphibious assault ship Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) America (LHA 6) march to the ship to take custody of it. The U.S. Navy officially accepted delivery of the amphibious assault ship from Huntington Ingalls Industries during a custody transfer ceremony in Pascagoula,…

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Installation of backup oxygen system in F-22 combat fleet continues

The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center’s F-22 Division is on-track to complete installation of the Automatic Back-up Oxygen System, or ABOS, in the Air Force’s F-22 Raptor combat fleet by December 2014. In January 2012, following a series of incidents in which a number of F-22 pilots experienced physiological symptoms in flight, the Air…


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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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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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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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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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