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F-35B successfully completes wet runway, crosswind testing

In an important program milestone enabling U.S. Marines Corps Initial Operational Capability certification, the Lockheed Martin F-35B recently completed required wet runway and crosswind testing at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.

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Engineers developing safer, more accurate tracer round

Engineers at Picatinny Arsenal are researching a way to develop a new type of tracer round that not only would perform its function during the day as well as night, but also improve shooter accuracy and keep soldiers safer by reducing their visual signature.

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Katherine Lott awarded NASA Armstrong employee scholarship

The NASA Armstrong Employee Exchange Council has presented its 2014 Joseph R. Vensel Memorial Scholarship Award to Katherine Lott.

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NASA selects instruments to track climate impact on vegetation

NASA has selected proposals for two new instruments that will observe changes in global vegetation from the International Space Station. The sensors will give scientists new ways to see how forests and ecosystems are affected by changes in climate or land use change.

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Tyndall AFB takes F-22 pilot training to next level

The Air Force’s ability to continue developing a fifth generation fighter aircraft fleet ready to meet the challenges of future warfare, hinges in large part, on a steady influx of capable and trained F-22 Raptor pilots.


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U.S. Navy extends DRS Technologies E-6 Logistics contract

Posted  December 17, 2012

DRS Technologies, a Finmeccanica Company, announced Dec. 17 that the U.S. Navy has exercised a $49.9 million contract option to continue logistics support to the E-6 Take Charge and Move Out and Airborne Command Post aircraft fleet. Under terms of the contract option, awarded to the C3 and Aviation business unit, DRS will manage government-owned…

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Pentagon warns of higher bomb threat in drawdown

Posted  December 17, 2012

American and coalition forces in Afghanistan will be more vulnerable to deadly improvised explosive devices as the military draws down troops next year, a senior Pentagon official said Dec. 13. Lt. Gen. Michael Barbero described his concerns about what is the top cause of military and civilian deaths in Afghanistan and Pakistan in congressional testimony…

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Boeing delivers first new jet to Iraq in decades

Posted  December 17, 2012

The first new Boeing jetliner sold to Iraq in 30 years touched down in Baghdad Dec. 15, signaling the country’s determination to rebuild its economy after decades of war and sanctions. Iraq is eager to improve its creaky aviation industry, which lags far behind that of its energy-rich neighbors. Boeing’s delivery of the twin-aisle 777-200LR…

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Raytheon awarded $108 million for SM-2 production

Posted  December 17, 2012

The U.S. Navy has awarded Raytheon a $108 million contract for continued production of Standard Missile-2 all-up rounds, a majority of which will be sold to U.S. allies through foreign military sales. This award brings the total fiscal year 2011 contract value to more than $200 million. “The U.S. Navy has committed to supporting SM-2…

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Veterans

Senate moves bill covering fertility care for vets

Posted  December 17, 2012

Wounded veterans and their spouses who want to have children could get the government to pay for treatments such as in vitro fertilization under legislation beginning to move through Congress in the waning days of the session. By voice vote, the Senate passed a bill Dec. 13 to update the Veterans Affairs Department’s medical coverage…

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AFSOC builds partnerships with sister services, foreign militaries

Posted  December 17, 2012

More than 30 service members and civil servants from 10 different countries gathered at Hurlburt Field, Fla., to attend the Building Partner Aviation Capacity Course Dec. 3 to 14. BPACC was designed as an avenue for Air Force Special Operations Command to create, nurture or deepen partnerships with foreign militaries, sister services, and other Air…

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Recently awarded contracts……

Posted  December 17, 2012

General Dynamics awarded $41 million for submarine maintenance, modernization   General Dynamics Electric Boat has been awarded a U.S. Navy contract worth $41 million to perform non-nuclear submarine modernization and maintenance work. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics. Under the contract, Electric Boat will continue operating the New England Maintenance Manpower…

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Northrop Grumman provides attitude heading reference system for Sikorsky’s newly certified S-76D helicopter

Posted  December 17, 2012

Northrop Grumman is supplying the LCR-100 attitude and heading reference system for Sikorsky’s new S-76D helicopter, which recently received Type Certification from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration. The LCR-100 is a standard component of the Thales TopDeckÆ avionics suite on the new medium-sized, twin-engine helicopter. Northrop Grumman provided both the LCR-92 and LCR-100 fiber-optic AHRS…

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Workers say charity gave little money to vets

Posted  December 17, 2012

A veterans charity already under scrutiny for how it raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in Tennessee handed out only a fraction of the money in the form of gift cards and threatened to fire workers if they didn’t meet fundraising quotas, former employees say. The Stuart, Fla.-based Veterans Support Organization has been criticized by…

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Space

AEHF team completes major integration milestone ahead of schedule

Posted  December 17, 2012

The U.S. Air Force and Lockheed Martin have integrated the system module for the fourth Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite six months ahead of schedule. The milestone marks the completion of the first major phase in the satellite’s assembly, integration and test and is a key indicator that Lockheed Martin and the Air Force are…

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