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U.S. Navy, Lockheed Martin ready to launch MUOS-4 Aug. 31

The U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin are ready to launch the fourth Mobile User Objective System secure communications satellite, MUOS-4, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Aug. 31 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.

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Arming the RPAs

Airmen from the 62nd Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron provide every munition that is loaded onto an MQ-1B Predator or MQ-9 Reaper at Kandahar Airfield; without them, the RPAs wouldn’t be able to provide combat airpower in Afghanistan.

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Local efforts help keep Dragon Lady flying at 60

In 1955, Disneyland opened its doors for the first time, Elvis made his first TV appearance, Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white passenger, and the Vietnam War began with fighting between the South and North Vietnam Armies.

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U.S. Navy awards production contract for additional P-8A aircraft, first RAAF planes

The U.S. Navy awarded a nearly $1.5 billion contract Aug. 27 to Boeing Defense, Space & Security for the procurement of 13 Full-Rate Production Lot 2 P-8A Poseidon aircraft.

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A-4 Skyhawks support F-35 operational testing

Courtesy photograph by Frank Crebas Pictured from top down is an F-35 Lightning II, an F-16 Fighting Falcon and an A-4 Skyhawk. In support of an operational test exercise for their F-35s, the Royal Netherlands Air Force contingent at Edwards brought in six A-4s from Draken International, six F-16s from the 162nd Fighter Wing, Arizona…


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Business

F-35 Joint Program Office, Pratt & Whitney announce F-35 contract

Posted  August 31, 2013

The U.S. Department of Defense and Pratt & Whitney have reached an agreement in principle for a production contract for the sixth lot of F135 propulsion systems to power the F-35 Lightning II, which continues a reduction in costs associated with engine production. The low rate initial production contract covers 38 total engines, including program…

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Defense

Navy saves plants from extinction

Posted  August 31, 2013

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced they will be reclassifying two plants from endangered to threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The San Clemente Island lotus and the SCI paintbrush are two names that you nearly never heard again, unless you were talking about dinosaurs and dodo birds. The lotus and paintbrush were…

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Tech

Promoting small business for basic research tech transfer

Posted  August 31, 2013

Aug. 20, the Basic Research Innovation and Collaboration Center, a partnership between the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and the Virginia Tech Applied Research Corporation, hosted a Basic Research Small Business Interchange in Arlington, Va.

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Army’s manufacturing improvements yield lighter body armor

Posted  August 31, 2013

  Soldiers facing rugged terrain and extreme temperatures are continually searching for ways to reduce the weight of their gear. In a search for solutions to this persistent issue, U.S. Army scientists and engineers have preliminarily demonstrated body armor that is 10 percent lighter through new manufacturing processes. The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering…

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Business

AAR to design, build mobile subsystems for Raytheon

Posted  August 31, 2013

AAR has won a contract to design and build Transportable/Mobile Subsystems for Raytheon’s Integrated Defense Systems in support of a Raytheon C4I Systems customer. Integrated Technologies will integrate the Transportable/Mobile Subsystems using ISO shelters built by AAR Mobility in Cadillac, Mich. The mobile C4I systems, comprised of command control, communications, computers and intelligence, will provide…

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Veterans

Judge: VA can’t deny benefits to lesbian Army vet

Posted  August 31, 2013

A judge in Los Angeles ruled Aug 29 that a lesbian Army veteran and her spouse should be entitled to disability benefits given the recent Supreme Court ruling that struck down part of the Defense of Marriage Act. U.S. District Judge Consuelo Marshall said that a federal code defining a spouse as a person of…

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Defense

Airmen perform first weapons load verfication on F-35A

Posted  August 31, 2013

After months of preparation the weapons troop Standardization Load Crew from the 33rd Maintenance Group performed the first munitions load verification on the F-35A Lightning II at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Aug. 27.

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Events

Mojave Air & Space Port wins FAA grant

Posted  August 31, 2013

At its sole August meeting, the directors of Mojave Air & Space Port accepted an FAA grant of about $200,000; approved the purchase of two new vehicles for the security department; approved establishing a deputy general manager position; and committed financial support to a September Society of Experimental Test Pilots meeting. General Manager Stuart Witt also…

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Space

NASA-funded scientists detect water on moon’s Surface that hints at water below

Posted  August 31, 2013

NASA-funded lunar research has yielded evidence of water locked in mineral grains on the surface of the moon from an unknown source deep beneath the surface. Using data from NASA’s Moon Mineralogy Mapper (M3) instrument aboard the Indian Space Research Organization’s Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft, scientists remotely detected magmatic water, or water that originates from deep within…

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Raytheon awards scholarships to student veterans

Posted  August 31, 2013

Raytheon recently awarded $10,000 scholarships to three military veterans pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering or math. The three recipients have also demonstrated leadership in their local communities. The scholarships are part of Raytheon’s support of Student Veterans of America, which provides veterans with resources, support and advocacy to succeed in higher education and the…

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