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Upgrades ‘new normal’ for armor in uncertain budget environment

If any journalists at the recent AUSAAME press conference expected to hear revelations of a major ground combat system acquisition on the near-term horizon, that notion was quickly dispelled.

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Boeing celebrates groundbreaking for 777X composite wing center

Boeing Oct. 21 celebrated the groundbreaking of its new 777X Composite Wing Center at the Everett, Wash., campus.

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First F-35A operational weapons load crew qualified

Three airmen with the 58th Aircraft Maintenance Unit became the first qualified operational weapons load crew for the F-35A Lightning II during a qualification load at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Oct. 10.

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Boeing-built X-37B successfully completes third flight

The Boeing-built X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle successfully de-orbited and landed today at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., at 9:24 a.m., PDT, concluding a 674-day experimental test mission for the U.S. Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office.

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Dassault Falcon Jet establishes new pilot operational support team

Dassault Falcon Jet recently established a new Pilot Operational Support Team in Teterboro, N.J., to support operators in the Western Hemisphere.


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News Briefs: April 29, 2013

Posted  April 29, 2013

Alabama offering new veterans driver’s license Alabama veterans will have the option to display proof of their military service on their driver’s license. A law sponsored by Democratic Rep. Marcel Black of Tuscumbia provided for the Veterans Driver’s License. The state Department of Public Safety says the licenses will be available beginning May 1. Black…

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Herschel completes its ‘cool’ journey into space

Posted  April 29, 2013

The Herschel observatory, a European space telescope for which NASA helped build instruments and process data, has stopped making observations after running out of liquid coolant as expected. The European Space Agency mission, launched almost four years ago, revealed the universe’s “coolest” secrets by observing the frigid side of planet, star and galaxy formation. “Herschel…

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Telair delivers 300th lower deck cargo system for Airbus A-330, -340 series

Posted  April 29, 2013

Telair International, a subsidiary of U.S.-based aerospace and defense contractor AAR has delivered the 300th advanced lower deck cargo system to the Airbus fuselage production line in Hamburg, Germany. Since 2008, Telair has been the single source supplier for the advanced cargo handling systems for the Airbus A330-200 and -300 and A340-300 series of aircraft,…

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Dozens of air shows cancel without military jets

Posted  April 29, 2013

Dozens of air shows that draw tens of thousands of people and generate millions of dollars for local economies have been cancelled this year after the military grounded its jet and demonstration teams because of automatic federal budget cuts. For years, the biggest draws at air shows have been the military’s two elite jet teams,…

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Army says fiscal year 2014 budget request ‘meets future challenges’

Posted  April 29, 2013

The fiscal year 2014 budget "meets future challenges, strengthens global engagements, provides for resets, sustains the industrial base and fulfills commitments to Soldiers, civilians and families," the Army's top civilian leader told lawmakers.

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Northrop Grumman honors late employees with donation to USS Thresher Submarine Memorial

Posted  April 29, 2013

Northrop Grumman has donated $5,000 toward construction of a memorial to the Navy submarine USS Thresher (SSN 593) in memory of two employees who perished when the Thresher sank in the Atlantic Ocean 50 years ago. Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine employees Kenneth R. Corcoran and Donald T. Stadtmuller were performing work on the Thresher’s gyroscope…

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Air Force secretary announces departure

Posted  April 29, 2013

Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley has announced his plan to step down June 21 as the Air Force’s top civilian after serving for nearly five years. “It’s been an honor and a privilege to serve with our Air Force’s great Airmen,” Donley said. “Their accomplishments have been nothing short of impressive and I’m…

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NASA probe gets close-up views of large hurricane on Saturn

Posted  April 29, 2013

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has provided scientists the first close-up, visible-light views of a behemoth hurricane swirling around Saturn’s north pole. In high-resolution pictures and video, scientists see the hurricane’s eye is about 1,250 miles (2,000 kilometers) wide, 20 times larger than the average hurricane eye on Earth. Thin, bright clouds at the outer edge of…

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Raytheon completes second launch exercise for next generation GPS satellites

Posted  April 29, 2013

Raytheon successfully completed the second launch readiness exercise for the U.S. Air Force’s next generation Global Positioning System operational control system. Successful completion of Exercise 2 is a key milestone demonstrating that Raytheon’s OCX software meets mission requirements and is on track to support the first GPS III satellite launch. Completed over a three-day period…

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DOD officials detail $1 billion in space program savings

Posted  April 29, 2013

Senior Defense Department officials testified April 25 before Congress highlighting the activities the department has undertaken to save an estimated $1 billion and provide a balanced national security space program. Gil I. Klinger, deputy assistant secretary of defense for space and intelligence, and Douglas L. Loverro, deputy assistant secretary of defense for space policy, appeared…

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