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First operational F-35As arrive at Hill AFB

The Air Force ushered in a new era of combat air power Sept. 2 as Hill Air Force Base, Utah, received the service’s first two operational F-35As. Hill’s active duty 388th Fighter Wing and Reserve 419th Fighter Wing will be the first combat-coded units to fly and maintain the Air Force’s newest fifth-generation fighter aircraft….

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High Desert Hangar Stories with Bob Alvis

Mach 1: the story has been told thousands of times of Chuck Yeager and that special day over Muroc, when the first sonic booms rattled windows. But sitting in church this morning, I looked over to a lady and her son who have a different take on that historical achievement. Dorothy Roth’s husband and John’s…

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U-2 celebrating 60 years

Lockheed Martin is celebrating 60 years of the U-2 program with festivities planned throughout the company. “It’s not a 60-year old aircraft, it is a 60-year old program that is still going strong,” said Melani Austin, U-2 Program Director at Skunk Works, Palmdale, Calif., during a recent press tour. “We have people that have started…

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United Launch Alliance successfully launches U.S. Navy’s MUOS-4

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying the fourth Mobile User Objective System satellite for the U.S. Navy launched from Space Launch Complex-41 at 6:18 a.m., EDT, Sept. 2 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The MUOS-4 spacecraft will bring advanced, new, global communications capabilities to mobile military forces, as well as ensure…

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F-22 inaugural deployment to Europe

Four F-22 Raptors, one C-17 Globemaster III, and approximately 60 airmen arrived at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, to train with allied air forces and U.S. services through mid-September.


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Northrop Grumman’s F-35 assembly line honored with ‘Assembly Plant of the Year’ award

Posted  October 23, 2013

Northrop Grumman's F-35 Integrated Assembly Line was named "Assembly Plant of the Year" by Assembly Magazine in recognition for the facility's world-class processes to reduce costs, increase productivity and improve quality.

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Missile Defense: An old idea uniquely suited for today’s global threats

Posted  October 23, 2013

Recent satellite imagery suggests that North Korea has greatly expanded its uranium enrichment capabilities. The nation just promised to launch more long-range rockets “soon.” And, reportedly, labs in Pyongyang are hard at work developing nuclear-armed missiles capable of striking the U.S. mainland. With the North Korean threat apparently mounting, it’s essential for the United States…

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Accelerating deliveries drive Boeing third quarter profits

Posted  October 23, 2013

Faster airplane production is going straight to Boeing’s bottom line. Third-quarter net income rose 12 percent as the company delivered planes to customers at a quicker pace. It has already sped up the assembly of two of its planes ó the 737 and 777 ó and Oct. 23 announced plans to boost production of its…

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Raytheon produces new U.S. Army satellite communications terminals ahead of schedule

Posted  October 23, 2013

Raytheon, the only provider of fielded Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite communication terminals that protect the most sensitive military information, has completed production on 39 new terminals for the U.S. Army ahead of schedule. Since production began in 2007, 67 percent have been deployed to the field. The Army uses the Humvee-mounted Secure Mobile Anti-Jam…

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Headlines October 21, 2013

Posted  October 21, 2013

News: Families suspect SEAL Team 6 crash was inside job on worst day in Afghanistan – Questions haunt the families of Extortion 17, the 2011 helicopter mission in Afghanistan that suffered the most U.S. military deaths in a single day in the war on terrorism.   Business: Honeywell third quarter profit improves as sales climb – Honeywell…

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News Briefs October 21, 2013

Posted  October 21, 2013

DOD begins the transfer of airbase in Kyrgyzstan The U.S. Department of Defense has begun the process of relocating from the Transit Center at Manas International Airport and plans to complete the transfer of areas and facilities to the government of Kyrgyzstan by July 2014. The current agreement between the U.S. and Kyrgyz governments on…

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Shutdown cost DOD $600 million in productivity

Posted  October 21, 2013

Furloughs of civilian employees as a result of the government shutdown cost the Defense Department at least $600 million in productivity, the Pentagons top financial officer said Oct. 17. During a Pentagon news conference, DOD Comptroller Robert F. Hale said that in addition to the lost productivity, the shutdown generated a number of other costs…

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Raytheon Excalibur Ib completes qualification flight testing

Posted  October 21, 2013

Raytheon fired 84 precision-guided Excalibur Ib all up rounds during qualification flight tests at Yuma Proving Ground, Ariz. During the testing, Excalibur Ib exhibited exceptional accuracy, with the majority of the rounds landing within two meters of the target. The tests also certified stringent performance and safety requirements. “Excalibur achieved new firsts during qualification testing,”…

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Lockheed Martin receives order for two C-130J Super Hercules for Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Posted  October 21, 2013

Lockheed Martin has entered into an agreement known as an Undefinitized Contract Action with the U.S. Government for the Foreign Military Sale of the first two of 25 potential C-130J Super Hercules airlifters for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Specifically, this contract action is for the purchase of two KC-130J refueling tankers. Here we see…

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Shutdown effects continue on Defense Department, Hagel says

Posted  October 21, 2013

The government shutdown is over, but it will take a while for the effects to fade, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said at a press conference Oct 17. At the shutdown’s height, more than 400,000 Defense Department civilian employees were furloughed because of the lapse of appropriations for the new fiscal year, which began Oct. 1….

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