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Storm fails to quench liftoff of secret reconnaissance satellite

The fiery launch of an Atlas V (541), among the most powerful of the venerable Atlas family, briefly dispelled the gloom over Californiaís Central Coast on the evening of Dec. 12. A team of personnel from United Launch Alliance and the 30th Space Wing at Vandenberg Air Force Base completed the countdown sequence at 7:19…

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Navy demonstrates unmanned helicopter operations aboard Coast Guard cutter

http://static.dvidshub.net/media/video/1412/DOD_102145893/DOD_102145893-512×288-442k.mp4 Coast Guard photograph An MQ-8B Fire Scout UAS is tested off the Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf near Los Angeles, Dec. 5 2014. The Coast Guard Research and Development Center has been testing UAS platforms consistently for the last three years. The U.S. Navy completed an MQ-8B Fire Scout demonstration aboard U.S. Coast Guard Cutter…

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GPS III, OCX successfully demonstrate key satellite command, control capabilities

Lockheed Martin and Raytheon successfully completed the fourth of five planned launch and early orbit exercises to demonstrate new automation capabilities, information assurance and launch readiness of the worldís most powerful and accurate Global Positioning System, the U.S. Air Forceís next generation GPS III satellite and Operational Control System. Successful completion of Exercise 4 on…

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NASA analysis: 11 trillion gallons to replenish California drought losses

It will take about 11 trillion gallons of water - around 1.5 times the maximum volume of the largest U.S. reservoir - to recover from California's continuing drought, according to a new analysis of NASA satellite data.

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Governor Brown’s Military Council visits Aerospace Valley

Members of the Governor’s Military Council visited Edwards Air Force Base and Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, to learn a little more about the Antelope Valley’s defense industry and to get a closer look at some of America’s leading aerospace companies.


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Peru’s new military draft, avoided with fine, called discriminatory against poor

Posted  March 29, 2013

Facing a shortage of recruits, Peru’s government has reinstated selective, obligatory military service. But it can be avoided by paying a $700 fine, prompting accusations that what is really being imposed is a draft for the poor. Military service had been voluntary since 1998, but meager wages, scant job training and a lack of other…

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Air Force to implement force structure changes

Posted  March 29, 2013

The Air Force released its plan March 28 to implement force structure changes mandated by the Fiscal Year 2013 National Defense Authorization Act. The bill authorized the service to complete actions approved in previous years, such as aircraft retirements, and directed execution of Congressionally-approved force structure actions. Some of these changes were outlined in the…

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Boeing delivers 1,000th airplane to China

Posted  March 29, 2013

Boeing and China Eastern Airlines celebrated March 28 the delivery of the 1,000th Boeing airplane for China, one of the world’s most dynamic markets for commercial airplanes. Boeing forecasts that China will need 5,260 new airplanes, valued at $670 billion, in the next 20 years. “We take great pride in the partnership that Boeing and…

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Headlines: March 27, 2013

Posted  March 27, 2013

News F-35 fighter transforming defense industry says retiring chief The retiring chief of the trouble-plagued F-35 Joint Strike Fighter says he remains bullish about the hi-tech war plane, with costs soon to be further reduced as production takes off, and believes the program will transform the aerospace industry.   Business Boeing conducts two-hour test flight…

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News Briefs March 27, 2013

Posted  March 27, 2013

North Korea puts artillery forces at top combat posture North Korea’s military says it artillery forces are at their highest-level combat posture in its latest threat to attack South Korea and the U.S. Seoul says it isn’t seeing any suspicious North Korean military activity. Analysts say a direct North Korean attack is extremely unlikely, especially…

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Performance reviews should show how military commanders handle sex assault complaints

Posted  March 27, 2013

A new report required by Congress recommends that the Defense Department assess how well commanding officers handle sexual assault and harassment complaints when reviewing their job performance. The Institute of Medicine said in the report released March 26 that military sexual assault appears to be an important factor in the development of post-traumatic stress disorder….

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Business

Forecast International sees intensifying competition in the medium/heavy military rotorcraft market

Posted  March 27, 2013

Forecast International is projecting that 4,796 medium/heavy military rotorcraft will be produced between 2013 and 2022. The Connecticut-based market research firm estimates the value of this production at $114.4 billion in constant 2013 U.S. dollars. The company defines a medium/heavy rotorcraft as one having a gross weight of 6,804 kilograms (15,000 pounds) or greater. Annual…

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Business

General Dynamics awarded $26 million for MK46 Naval Weapon Systems

Posted  March 27, 2013

General Dynamics Land Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics, has been awarded a $25.7 million contract to produce eight MK46 30mm Naval Weapon Systems for the U.S. Navy for use on San Antonio-class (LPD-17) ships and the Littoral Combat Ship class. The MK46 30mm Naval Weapon System is an all-weather, day/night, fully stabilized weapon…

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Northrop Grumman AN/TPS-80 G/ATOR radar system demonstrates ballistic missile defense capability

Posted  March 27, 2013

Northrop Grumman’s AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) successfully detected multiple rocket launches during company-funded testing. Currently under development for the U.S. Marine Corps, G/ATOR is the first ground-based, multirole radar to be developed for the U.S. Department of Defense. With its ability to intelligently and adaptively allocate its myriad sensor capabilities, G/ATOR is able…

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Elbit Systems of America, Laser Light Engines partner to develop new high-powered laser for display applications

Posted  March 27, 2013

Elbit Systems of America, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Elbit Systems, Ltd., has contracted with Laser Light Engines, Inc., the leader in laser illumination for high brightness digital projection, to manufacture the LLE DSG-265,ô a high-powered, solid state de-speckled GREEN laser module that is revolutionizing the way movies are watched. LLE’s “universal” architecture enable its…

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