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Insitu demonstrates long endurance capabilities of Integrator unmanned aircraft

Insitu photograph Insitu’s Integrator unmanned aircraft recovers via SkyHook; the aircraft recently completed a 24-hour endurance flight. Insitu announced July 22 the successful 24-hour flight of its Integrator unmanned aircraft. The flight demonstrated Integrator’s expanded endurance at an increased gross take-off weight with payload on board. The event is the first of several planned milestones…

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Lockheed Martin selected for U.S. Air Force’s satellite hosted payload initiative

Lockheed Martin has been competitively selected for the U.S. Air Force’s Hosted Payload Solutions initiative, which is aimed at integrating some government payloads – electronics and sensors packages designed for specific missions – on commercial satellites.

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President awards Medal of Honor to former Army staff sergeant

Army photograph by Lisa Ferdinando President Barack Obama awards the Medal of Honor to former Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts at the White House, July 21, 2014. Pitts received the nation’s highest military honor for his actions on July 13, 2008, in Wanat, Afghanistan, with 2nd Platoon, Chosen Company, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment,…

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First aviation mechanic display added to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force honored the first aviation mechanic, Charles E. Taylor, by unveiling a bronze bust of his likeness for permanent display during a ceremony in the museum's Early Years Gallery July 21.

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Medal of Honor recipient Ryan Pitts inducted into Hall of Heroes

Former Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts was inducted into the Pentagon's Hall of Heroes yesterday, the day after receiving the Medal of Honor from President Barack Obama, for his bravery in combat at Vehicle Patrol Base Kahler, in Kunar Province, Afghanistan, July 13, 2008.


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Defense

Future requires hard decisions, disciplined priorities

Posted  July 22, 2013

Disciplined priorities and tough choices will be needed to guide the Defense Departmentís historical transition aimed at maintaining strong, capable and ready forces in the stark post-conflict fiscal environment, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said July 22. Speaking at the Veterans of Foreign Wars national convention in Louisville, Ky., Hagel said the changes underway, like those…

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VA health care facilities named to 2013 ‘most wired’ hospitals list

Posted  July 22, 2013

The Department of Veterans Affairs, representing 152 VA medical centers, was recently named to the 2013 “Most Wired” hospitals list. The list, which is released by Hospitals & Health Networks, in partnership with McKesson, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives and the American Hospital Association, is the result of a national survey aimed at…

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Lockheed Martin GPS III satellite prototype to help Cape Canaveral Air Force Station prep for launch

Posted  July 22, 2013

Lockheed Martin recently delivered a full-sized, functional prototype of the next-generation Global Positioning System satellite to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station to test facilities and pre-launch processes in advance of the arrival of the first GPS III flight satellite. The GPS III Non-Flight Satellite Testbed arrived at the Cape July 19 to begin to dry…

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First upgraded MQ-8C Fire Scout delivered to U.S. Navy

Posted  July 22, 2013

Navy photograph by Vance Vasquez The first MQ-8C Fire Scout delivered to the Naval Air Systems Command. The U.S. Navy got its first look at the upgraded MQ-8 Fire Scout unmanned system when Northrop Grumman delivered its first MQ-8C system this month. Northrop Grumman is the Navy’s prime contractor for the MQ-8 Fire Scout program…

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Lockheed Martin delivers rirst HC-130J to Moody Air Force Base

Posted  July 22, 2013

Georgia On Its Mind The first  Lockheed Martin HC-130J Combat King II to be assigned to Air Combat Command’s 347th Rescue Group at Moody Air Force Base, Ga., was ferried July 19 from the company’s Aeronautics facility located in Marietta, Ga. Maj. Gen. H. D. Polumbo, Jr., commander, Ninth Air Force, Air Combat Command, Shaw…

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News Briefs July 22, 2013

Posted  July 22, 2013

Air Force considers drilling for oil at Vandenberg U.S. Air Force officials said they will study the economic and environmental feasibility of a proposal to lease land on Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., to companies that want to drill for oil and natural gas on California’s central coast. Mark Meier, chief counsel for the State…

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Headlines July 22, 2013

Posted  July 22, 2013

News Joint Chiefs chairman seeks Afghan troops deal by October America’s top general July 22 said he would like to see a security agreement with Afghanistan signed by October to give NATO enough time to prepare for a post-2014 military presence instead of a total pullout.   Business EADS to consider adopting name of plane-making…

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Veterans

Agencies work to bolster vet, family education Outcomes

Posted  July 24, 2013

Several government agencies are working on initiatives to improve educational success rates for service members, veterans and their families, senior Department of Veterans Affairs and consumer protection officials told lawmakers July 23. Curtis L. Coy, deputy undersecretary for economic opportunity for VAís Veterans Benefits Administration, testified with several other witnesses before the Senate Homeland Security…

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Space

NASA’s Spitzer observes gas emission from comet ISON

Posted  July 24, 2013

Astronomers using NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope have observed what most likely are strong carbon dioxide emissions from Comet ISON ahead of its anticipated pass through the inner solar system later this year. Images captured June 13 with Spitzer’s Infrared Array Camera indicate carbon dioxide is slowly and steadily “fizzing” away from the so-called “soda-pop comet,”…

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Congress threatens Afghanistan over U.S. exit taxes

Posted  July 24, 2013

Lawmakers threatened Afghanistan July 23 with severe cuts in foreign aid if President Hamid Karzai’s government institutes an exit tax on American military equipment, food supplies and other goods as the United States pulls most of its troops and much of its property out of the country over the next 18 months. I have seen…

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