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Triton has first cross-country flight from Palmdale

Northrop Grumman photograph The MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft System takes off from Northrop Grummanís Palmdale, Calif., facility Sept. 17 for its first cross-country flight to Naval Air Station Patuxent, River, Md. PALMDALE, Calif. – The Northrop Grumman-built Unmanned MQ-4C Triton (SDD-1) left its desert testing grounds Sept. 17 and flew to Naval Air Station Patuxent…

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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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AFRL commander describes Air Force’s technology vision

Air Force photograph by Scott M. Ash Maj. Gen. Thomas Masiello takes a question from an audience member after discussing Air Force Research Laboratory breakthrough technologies during the 2014 Air Force Association’s Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition, Sept. 16, 2014, in Washington D.C. Masiello is the commander of Air Force Research Laboratory. The…

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Lockheed Martin successfully mates NOAA GOES-R satellite modules

Lockheed Martin photograph Lockheed Martin successfully mated together the large system and propulsion modules of the first GOES-R series weather satellite at the companyís Space Systems facilities near Denver, Colo. A team of technicians and engineers at Lockheed Martin has successfully mated together the large system and propulsion modules of the first GOES-R series weather…

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NASA Mars spacecraft ready for Sept. 21 orbit insertion

NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution spacecraft is nearing its scheduled Sept. 21 insertion into Martian orbit after completing a 10-month interplanetary journey of 442 million miles.


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Veterans

Linebacker II remembrance ceremony

Posted  December 17, 2012

The annual Linebacker II Remembrance Ceremony was held at the Arc Light Memorial Park, Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 14 to honor the heroes that made the ultimate sacrifice in support of Operation Linebacker II.

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Tech

Deployable radio frequency data backbone to match fiber optic capacity

Posted  December 17, 2012

Fiber optic cables provide the core backbone for military and civilian networks, enabling Internet, phone, video and other data to move at super-high speeds with virtually no degradation over long distances. In deployed environments, where a fiber optic backbone doesnít exist, other communications modes are used resulting in reduced data-rate capacity for the warfighter. DARPAís…

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Boeing names vice president, general manager of unmanned airborne systems programs

Posted  December 17, 2012

Company veteran Michael Kurth will oversee Boeing’s unmanned airborne systems as of Jan. 1. Kurth, currently managing director of Boeing Defence UK Ltd., will relocate to St. Louis, Mo., as vice president and general manager, Unmanned Airborne Systems Programs, reporting to Boeing Military Aircraft President Chris Chadwick. David Pitchforth, managing director for UK Rotorcraft Support,…

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Business

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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World

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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Business

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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