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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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NASA’s Hubble shows link between stars’ ages and their orbits

Posted  July 19, 2013

Astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have determined the orbital motion of two distinct populations of stars in an ancient globular star cluster, offering proof they formed at different times and providing a rare look back into the Milky Way galaxy’s early days. Researchers led by Harvey Richer of the University of British Columbia in…

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NAWCAD commander visits Weapons Division in China Lake

Posted  July 19, 2013

Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division Commander Rear Adm. Mark Darrah, and Deputy Assistant Commander for Research and Engineering Tony Cifone visited NAWCWD Point Mugu and China Lake, Calif., July 8-11.

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Navy awards Northrop Grumman contract for E-2D Advanced Hawkeyes

Posted  July 19, 2013

Following the decision earlier this year to proceed with full-rate production, the Navy has awarded Northrop Grumman a $113.7 million advance acquisition contract for long lead materials and related support for five full-rate production Lot 2 E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft.

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NASA announces effort to form new collaborative partnerships with private space industry

Posted  July 19, 2013

NASA officials July 17 released a synopsis requesting information from U.S. private enterprises interested in pursuing unfunded partnerships. The aim is to advance the development of commercial space products and services. The Collaborations for Commercial Space Capabilities synopsis describes a potential opportunity for existing and new companies and non-profit organizations to access NASA’s spaceflight expertise…

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Soldier missing from Korean War identified

Posted  July 19, 2013

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced July 18 that the remains of a serviceman, missing from the Korean War, have been identified and have been returned to his family for burial with full military honors. Army Sgt. Bernard J. Fisher of Wilkes Barre, Penn., was buried July 16, in Arlington National Cemetery. In…

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New military communications satellite built by Lockheed Martin launches successfully

Posted  July 19, 2013

The second Mobile User Objective System satellite built by Lockheed Martin for the U.S. Navy is responding to commands after being launched July 19 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The Lockheed Martin-led initialization team is now commanding the satellite from the Naval Satellite Operations Center located at the Naval Base Ventura County, Point…

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418th FLTS stands up detachment in support of KC-46

Posted  July 19, 2013

In light of Boeing's recent announcement they have begun assembly of the first KC-46 wing spar for the Air Force tanker program, Air Force Materiel Command officially stood-up the 418th Flight Test Squadron, Detachment 1, during an activation ceremony July 11 in Seattle, Wash.

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KC-46 critical design review nearing completion

Posted  July 19, 2013

The Air Force and Boeing successfully conducted the KC-46 critical design review, or CDR, from July 8-10 at the Boeing facility in Mukilteo, Wash. The KC-46 weapon system CDR was the culmination of nine months of component and sub-system design reviews, which blended the best practices of both the commercial and Department of Defense frameworks….

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Sailor missing from Vietnam War identified

Posted  July 19, 2013

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced July 18 that the remains of a serviceman, missing from the Vietnam War, have been identified and have been returned to his family for burial with full military honors. Navy Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Michael B. Judd of Cleveland, Ohio, was buried July 15, in Arlington National…

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2013 NASA Advanced Technology Phase I Concepts selected for study

Posted  July 19, 2013

NASA has selected 12 proposals for study under Phase I of the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts Program, which aims to turn science fiction into fact. The selected proposals include a wide range of imaginative concepts, including 3-D printing of biomaterials, such as arrays of cells; using galactic rays to map the insides of asteroids; and…

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