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Cope South experts exchange knowledge, techniques

The flight line here at exercise Cope South 15 is usually a flurry of activity every morning, with maintainers firing up auxiliary power units and loadmasters finalizing their cargo plan.

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Boeing announces ANA’s commitment to more jetliners

Boeing and All Nippon Airways announced Jan. 30 the airline’s intent to purchase three 787-10 Dreamliners to add additional flexibility to the airline’s 787 fleet.

Air Force photograph by Scott M. Ash Defense

Air Force risks becoming too small to succeed under sequestration

During testimony on Capitol Hill Jan. 28, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III stressed the negative impact sequestration will have on future Air Force capabilities, emphasizing further budget cuts will lead to low morale and declined readiness in the Air Force.

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USS Elrod is decommissioned

Placed into commission nearly 30 years ago, the guided-missile frigate USS Elrod (FFG 55) was decommissioned Jan. 30 during a Naval Station Norfolk ceremony, led by Cmdr. Brad Stallings, commanding officer.

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Ball Aerospace integrates two of five instruments for JPSS-1

Two of the five instruments scheduled to fly on the nation's next polar-orbiting weather satellite, NOAA's Joint Polar Satellite System -1, have been integrated to the spacecraft bus by prime contractor Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.


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Space

Space station astronauts land safely in Kazakhstan

Posted  March 18, 2013

Three members of the Expedition 34 crew undocked from the International Space Station and returned safely to Earth March 15 wrapping up a mission lasting more than four and a half months. Expedition 35 now is under way. Station Commander Kevin Ford of NASA and Soyuz Commander Evgeny Tarelkin and Flight Engineer Oleg Novitskiy of…

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Defense

Hagel orders review of U.S. defense strategy to test its underpinnings in light of budget cuts

Posted  March 18, 2013

In response to the budget cuts that took effect March 1, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered a re-evaluation of the underpinnings of the defense strategy that President Barack Obama announced 14 months ago. Hagel spokesman George Little said March 17 that Hagel wants to see the results by May 31. The Obama strategy, unveiled…

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Veterans

Guard, Reserve veteran unemployment rate decreases

Posted  March 18, 2013

A senior Pentagon official said there’s been progress in reducing the unemployment rate for Guard and Reserve veterans, but also told a House panel that more work needs to be done. In testimony before the House Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity March 14 , Ronald G. Young, the family and employer programs and policy director within…

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Business

NASA awards task order contract to Astrotech Space Operations – California for SMAP spacecraft processing

Posted  March 18, 2013

Astrotech Corporation, a leading provider of commercial space services, March 15 announced that its Astrotech Space Operations subsidiary has been awarded a NASA task order contract to provide payload processing services for the Soil Moisture Active Passive satellite at ASO’s Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., facility. SMAP is the second mission awarded by NASA under…

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News Briefs March 15, 2013

Posted  March 15, 2013

Three former execs plead guilty in California asbestos case Three former executives of a now-defunct nonprofit have been convicted of violating federal asbestos laws when the former Castle Air Force Base in Atwater was cleaned up. The Merced Sun-Star reports Rudy Buendia, Patrick Bowman and Joseph Cuellar each pleaded guilty Monday to one count of…

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F-35 production on track, program chief says

Posted  March 15, 2013

The F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter program is a different program than it was four years ago, the F-35 program executive officer said March 12. In a speech at the McAleese/Credit Suisse Defense Programs Conference at the Newseum, Lt. Gen. Christopher C. Bogdan told attendees that he and his predecessor, Navy Vice Adm. Dave…

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Business

General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems awarded $19 million for U.S. Navy F/A-18 mission computers

Posted  March 15, 2013

The U.S. Navy awarded General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems a $19.3 million contract to produce Type-3 advanced mission computers for the F/A-18E/F and E/A-18G Super Hornet aircraft. General Dynamics has delivered F/A-18 advanced mission computers since 2002. General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems is a business unit of General Dynamics. The AMC is the nerve center…

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Navy completes EMALS shared generator testing

Posted  March 15, 2013

Navy photograph The Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) motor generator stores energy in the inertia of its rotor and releases that energy upon initiation of the aircraft launch onboard carriers. EMALS completed shared generator testing at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., March 14. EMALS is replacing the current steam catapult system on aircraft carriers, beginning with…

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Cuts harm programs sustaining all-volunteer force, official says

Posted  March 15, 2013

Spending cuts that took effect March 1 will diminish recruiting, training, and medical and support programs that sustain the all-volunteer force, a senior Pentagon official told Congress March 13. Jessica L. Wright, acting undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, noted to the House Armed Services Committee that President Barack Obama exempted military personnel accounts…

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Business

MLB’s VTOL UAV demonstrates autonomous payload placement

Posted  March 15, 2013

MLB Company, a leader in low-cost unmanned aerial vehicle solutions, services and products, today announced it has concluded a DARPA funded research project to demonstrate precision autonomous delivery and placement of payload using its vertical take-off and landing UAV, the V-Bat. The MLB V-Bat was specially outfitted with a stereo vision system to detect and…

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