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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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Sequestration to affect DOD schools, commissaries

Posted  March 6, 2013

Civilian personnel at Department of Defense Education Activity schools and the Defense Commissary Agency will be affected by sequestration, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said here today. The department will struggle to ensure DODEA – which serves 84,000 students at 194 schools – maintains an accredited school year, Little said. “We’re mindful that we need…

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North Koreans threaten to nullify 1953 armistice agreement

Posted  March 6, 2013

North Korea has threatened to nullify the armistice that ended the 1950-53 Korean War. The North Korean rhetoric appears to be in response to threatened United Nations sanctions that may be put in place following the Feb. 12 North Korean test of a nuclear weapon, DOD officials said. The North Korean Central News Agency quoted…

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Boeing to offer Inmarsat-4 satellite communications bandwidth to commercial customers

Posted  March 6, 2013

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Responding to global demand for mobile satellite communications bandwidth, Boeing has been certified by Inmarsat to offer commercial customers a variety of capabilities – including 3G, Voice over Internet Protocol, streaming video, direct dialing and secure communications – through Inmarsat’s Inmarsat-4 L-band service. Boeing Commercial Satellite Services, a unit of Boeing…

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Senate appoints four members to QDR panel

Posted  March 6, 2013

Retired Marine Corps Gen. James E. Cartwright, former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Michele Flournoy, former undersecretary of defense for policy, are among four appointments to the Quadrennial Defense Review’s independent panel the Senate Armed Services Committee announced March 5. Also named to the panel were retired Air Force Gen. Gregory…

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Locklear: Budget uncertainty threatens Asia-Pacific rebalance

Posted  March 6, 2013

Sequestration and budget uncertainties are already impacting U.S. Pacific Command’s operations and loom “like an avalanche” that could ultimately undermine the U.S. rebalance to Asia-Pacific in accordance with the new U.S. strategic guidance, the top commander in the region told Congress March 5. Navy Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III told the House Armed Services Committee…

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Boeing ready to move on 787 fix, if U.S. approves

Posted  March 6, 2013

Boeing said March 4 that it is set to move quickly to get its 787s back in the air if it gets U.S. federal approval for a fix for the batteries that have grounded the planes. The Federal Aviation Administration is considering a plan that Boeing submitted on Feb. 22 for fixing the batteries. The…

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Headlines: March 4, 2013

Posted  March 4, 2013

Business Pratt & Whitney finds engine-test fraud at sibling plant United Technologies Corp. Pratt & Whitney jet engine unit has found that another United Tech unit fraudulently tested parts of engines for business jets to reduce the odds of further monitoring, Pratt said March 4. Ready Here. United Kingdom says Thales, Airbus to build A400M…

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News Briefs March 4, 2013

Posted  March 4, 2013

NORAD may shed 24-hour alert sites in Virginia, Minnesota NORAD is considering taking two of its 18 Air Force sites off 24-hour alert, saying it will save millions of dollars without compromising its ability to defend against 9/11-style attacks. A Government Accountability Office report released Feb. 28 said the North American Aerospace Defense Command might…

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Budget cuts threaten defense industrial base, official says

Posted  March 4, 2013

Navy photograph by PO1 David McKee U.S. Navy hull maintenance technician fireman Ryan Renneker grinds a blank flange for a seawater cooler on one of the diesel engines aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island in the Arabian Sea, March 1, 2012. Large and sudden U.S. spending cuts and an unstable budget environment promise…

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NASA transfers operational control of environmental sattelite

Posted  March 4, 2013

The Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership satellite, a partnership between NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, was transitioned to NOAA operational organization control Feb. 22. The transition marks the next step of the mission that supports NASA’s Earth science research and NOAA’s weather forecasting missions. Suomi NPP continues the observations of Earth from space…

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