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Future USNS Fall River delivered

Navy photograph The joint high speed vessel USNS Fall River (JHSV 4) completes acceptance trials testing and evaluations in the Gulf of Mexico. The ship’s trials included dockside testing to clear the ship for sea and at-sea trials during which the Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey evaluated and demonstrated the performance of Fall River…

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NASA airborne campaigns focus on climate impacts in Arctic

University of Alaska-Fairbanks photograph by Chris Larsen Changes in more than 130 Alaskan glaciers are being surveyed by scientists at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks in a DHC-3 Otter as part of NASA’s multi-year Operation IceBridge Over the past few decades, average global temperatures have been on the rise, and this warming is happening two to…

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Future of NATO: Adapting to a new security environment

NATO’s supreme allied commander introduced new initiatives geared toward re-embracing its mission of collective defense.

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NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory finds planet that makes star act deceptively old

Image courtesy of NASA/CXC/M. Weiss A new study from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory shows that a giant exoplanet, WASP-18b, is making the star that it orbits very closely act much older than it actually is. This artist’s illustration depicts WASP-18b and its star, which are about 330 light years away. A planet may be causing…

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Enhanced F-35 Lightning II logistics system delivered to flight test locations

Lockheed Martin has delivered the next evolution of the F-35 Lightning II’s information technology backbone, called the Autonomic Logistics Information System, to Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., and Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md.


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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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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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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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Georgia launches new effort to protect military bases

Posted  December 17, 2012

With nine bases contributing an estimated $20 billion to the state’s economy each year, Georgia has good reason to want to protect its investment in the U.S. military – and good reason to be nervous about the coming years. The state would suffer a share of automatic budget cuts targeting the Pentagon if the president…

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Dempsey warns of sequestration’s potential impact

Posted  December 17, 2012

The potential impact of sequestration, if it happens, could significantly degrade the Defense Department’s overall readiness for years to come, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs said in Manama, Bahrain, Dec. 13. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey was responding to a sailor’s question on the possible effects of the massive budget cuts that could take…

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