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NAWCWD manned for unmanned systems

Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division scientists, engineers, technicians and operators are involved in all levels of Unmanned Systems research, development, acquisition, testing and evaluation.

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NASA employees go ‘above and beyond’

Three NASA employees recently received the Exception Engineering Achievement Medal at Armstrong NASA Research Center, Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.

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Educating future workers

The Palmdale Aerospace Academy recently hosted the Antelope Valley Board of Trade business luncheon for September and the featured guest speaker was Christos Valiotis, physics professor at the Antelope Valley College.

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NASA’s Orion spacecraft, rocket move closer to first flight

NASA’s new Orion spacecraft and the Delta IV Heavy rocket that will carry it into space are at their penultimate stops in Florida on their path to a December flight test.

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TACP-M ties it all together

Embedded deep within an Army maneuver unit lies an airman.


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Naval Air Forces commander calls X-47B catapult launch a pivotal moment in Naval aviation

Posted  May 15, 2013

The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator completed its first ever carrier-based catapult launch from USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) off the coast of Virginia May 14.

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Pentagon seeks to establish cost culture, official says

Posted  May 15, 2013

In an effort to maximize investments of defense business opportunities during austere times, the Defense Department is seeking to establish a ìcost culture,î a senior Pentagon official said May 13. Elizabeth A. McGrath, the Defense Departmentís deputy chief management officer, spoke to an audience during the Excellence in Government Forum about DODís efforts to optimize…

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Plane Crazy Saturday

Posted  May 15, 2013

The May 18 Plane Crazy Saturday at the Mojave Air & Space Port will honor the U.S. military for Armed Forces Day. A special ceremony will be held at noon on the flightline, and veteran military aircraft and vehicles will be on hand for visitors to enjoy. Three U.S. military officers will present briefings: Lt….

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Hagel issues memo directing preparations for civilian furloughs

Posted  May 15, 2013

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced May 14 that he has signed a memorandum directing defense managers to prepare to furlough most Defense Department civilian employees for up to 11 days between July 8 and the Sept. 30 end of the fiscal year. Here is the text of the memo in its entirety: This memo directs…

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General Dynamics to deliver open architecture core mission system for Littoral Combat Ships 14, 16

Posted  May 15, 2013

General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems has been awarded a contract by Austal USA to be the Platform Systems Engineering Agent of Littoral Combat Ships 14 and 16. These are the fifth and sixth ships of the Independence-variant LCS to be ordered by the U.S. Navy under a 10-ship block buy contract awarded in December 2010…

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Northrop Grumman proves concept for new B-2 satellite communication system

Posted  May 15, 2013

Northrop Grumman has successfully completed a ground demonstration of a communication system that would allow the U.S. Air Force's B-2 stealth bomber to operate with the Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite network.

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New authority supports global special ops network

Posted  May 15, 2013

A new arrangement that gives U.S. Special Operations Command responsibility for manning, training and equipping special operators assigned to regional combatant commands is beginning to pay off in strengthening the global special operations force network, the Socom commander reported in Tampa, Fla., May 14. Navy Adm. William H. McRaven told attendees at the 2013 Special…

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Raytheon delivers electronic jamming capability for Gray Eagle UAS

Posted  May 15, 2013

Raytheon has delivered two electronic attack payloads in support of the U.S. Army’s Networked Electronic Warfare, Remotely Operated system. The payloads were delivered as part of a contract awarded by the U.S. Navy NAVSEA-Crane in 2012. NERO is utilized on the Army’s MQ-1C Gray Eagle Unmanned Aircraft System as an airborne electronic attack system capable…

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C-130J Super Hercules worldwide fleet soars past a million flight hours

Posted  May 15, 2013

Lockheed Martin photograph Lockheed Martin delivered three C-130J Super Hercules to the Iraqi Air Force, two months ahead of schedule, the third of which departed the Marietta, Ga., Dec 12, 2012. The Iraqi Air Force will use the airlifters for intra-theater support for its troops and to provide humanitarian relief operations in various locations. The…

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Northrop Grumman’s SABR brings fifth generation fighter radar capabilities to F-16

Posted  May 15, 2013

Northrop Grumman’s Scalable Agile Beam Radar designed for the F-16 fighter aircraft recently demonstrated its autonomous, all-environment precision targeting capability, which will enhance the aircraft’s mission capabilities. The capability, known as Auto Target Cueing, uses high-definition synthetic aperture radar images to locate and prioritize targets of interest and display them to the pilot. The active…

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