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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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SpaceShipTwo passes airborne rocket motor cold flow test

Posted  April 17, 2013

Courtesy Photo SpaceShipTwo in flight during a previous glide test above Mojave Air & Space Port. The Scaled Composites/Virgin Galactic test program at Mojave is accelerating. April 12 there was a 10.8-minute cold flow test in which the hybrid rocket motor was tested after SS2 was released from its mother ship, the WhiteKnightTwo. Since March…

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U.S. paying more for overseas bases in Germany, Japan, South Korea despite troop shifts

Posted  April 17, 2013

The United States is footing more of the bill for overseas bases in Germany, Japan and South Korea even as the military reduces the number of American troops in Europe and strategically repositions forces in Asia, a congressional report says. The exhaustive, yearlong investigation by the Senate Armed Services Committee focused on costs and burden-sharing…

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Air Superiority: Advantage over enemy skies for 60 years

Posted  April 17, 2013

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=yLom8ZfvZTs Air Force graphic by Luis Jimenez DOD photograph Air view of bombs dropped by U.S. Air Force, exploding on three parallel railroad bridges across Han River, southwest of Seoul, capital of the Republic of Korea. Bridges were bombed early in war to delay advance of invading North Korean troops. A few months after the…

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Lockheed Martin to modernize U.S. joint theater air ops system

Posted  April 17, 2013

Lockheed Martin is upgrading the command and control system that allows Joint Force Air Component Commanders to deploy air assets, execute air tasking orders and synchronize management of air operations . The U.S. Air Force selected Lockheed Martin to modernize the air tasking order capabilities within the Theater Battle Management Core System (TBMCS). As the…

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Headlines April 15, 2013

Posted  April 15, 2013

Business Contractors spinning off divisions as Defense budget ax falls Pentagon budget cuts were supposed to herald a wave of consolidation in the defense industry. Instead, they’re prompting contractors to shrink by spinning off divisions.   Defense Pacific shift: $527 billion request includes less for Army, more for Air Force The Pentagon’s $527 billion fiscal…

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News Briefs April 15, 2013

Posted  April 15, 2013

EADS in talks to buy almost half a billion euros worth of shares from French government The parent company of European jet maker Airbus says it is in talks to buy back almost half a billion euros worth of its own stock from the French government. European aerospace giant EADS says in a statement April…

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Pratt & Whitney completes U.S. Air Force C-17 program of record for F117 production install engines

Posted  April 15, 2013

Pratt & Whitney, a unit of United Technologies Corp., has completed production install F117 engine deliveries for the U.S. Air Force, marking more than 20 years of successfully powering the C-17 Globemaster III aircraft. The engines were recently shipped to Triumph Aerostructures in Dallas, Texas for nacelle installation and will then ship to Boeing’s final…

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Budget request provides for best Air Force possible, Welsh says

Posted  April 15, 2013

The Air Force’s $114.1 billion fiscal 2014 budget request will provide for the most capable airpower arm possible, the Air Force chief of staff said April 12. Testifying with Secretary of the Air Force Michael B. Donley, Gen. Mark A. Welsh III told the House Armed Services Committee his service’s portion of DOD’s fiscal 2014…

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Air Force Reserve celebrates 65 years of historic service

Posted  April 15, 2013

Courtesy photograph From 1950-1953, more than 147,000 reservists were mobilized to augment the active duty. Both the 452nd Bombardment Wing, Long Beach Municipal Airport, Calif., and the 437th Troop Carrier Wing, O’Hare International Airport, Ill., saw extensive combat service in Korea. President Harry S. Truman signed legislation on April 14, 1948, establishing the modern-day Air…

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Lockheed Martin’s Nemesis Missile scores 3-for-3 in flight tests

Posted  April 15, 2013

Lockheed Martin successfully demonstrated the launch, guided flight, target acquisition and precision strike capability of its Nemesis missile in three flight tests at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. Nemesis is a man-portable, surface-launched missile that enables war fighters to engage targets with precision lethality from as close as 100 meters to well beyond line of…

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