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Navy’s first F-35C squadron surpasses 1,000 flight hours

Air Force photograph by Samuel King Jr. An F-35C Lightning II aircraft piloted by Lt. Cmdr. Chris Tabert, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101, flies the squadron’s first local sortie. The F-35C is the carrier variant of the Joint Strike Fighter. VFA 101, based at Eglin Air Force Base, serves as the F-35C Fleet…

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Boeing South Carolina begins final assembly of its first 787-9 Dreamliner

Boeing has started final assembly of the 787-9 Dreamliner at its South Carolina facility. The team began joining large fuselage sections of the newest 787 Nov. 22 on schedule, a proud milestone for the South Carolina team and another sign of stability for the program. The North Charleston, S.C., site joins Boeing’s Everett, Wash., final…

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Ball Aerospace equips Orion mission with key avionics, antenna hardware

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. is providing the phased array antennas and flight test cameras to prime contractor Lockheed Martin for Orion's Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1), which is an unmanned test flight scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral, Fla.

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President announces Hagel’s resignation as defense secretary

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel shakes hands with President Barack Obama at the White House Nov. 24. The president announced that Hagel would resign his position as defense secretary. Praising Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s class and integrity, President Barack Obama announced Nov. 24 at the White House that Hagel will leave his post. The president said…

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SEWIP block upgrade program evaluated for LCS

The Navy is evaluating a scaled-down version of the Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program system for potential incorporation on future Littoral Combat Ships


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VFW helps disabled vets recoup $3.7 billion

Posted  February 5, 2013

Last year, the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States helped 125,000 disabled veterans recoup more than $3.7 billion in earned compensation and pension from the Department of Veterans Affairs. This exceeds 2011’s record totals by 23,000 veterans and almost $1.7 billion, and provides further proof that all eligible veterans and transitioning military members…

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Air ForceF selects primary, alternate test pilot school candidates

Posted  February 5, 2013

More than 50 Air Force officers have been selected as primary or alternate Air Force and Navy test pilot school selectees, and one will attend the Epner Test Pilot School in France, Air Force Personnel Center officials said Feb. 1. “Selectees, identified during the 2012 selection board, will fill July 2013 and January 2014 classes,”…

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Ahmadinejad unveils Iran’s newest fighter jet

Posted  February 5, 2013

Iran on Feb. 2 unveiled its newest combat jet, a domestically manufactured fighter-bomber that military officials claim can evade radar.

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DOD leaders: Budget deadlock could spark readiness crisis

Posted  February 5, 2013

Issuing perhaps their strongest warnings yet, Pentagon leaders Feb. 3 said the budget impasse threatens to create a military readiness crisis. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, joined in interviews, televised yesterday, with CNN’s Candy Crowley on “State of the Union” and NBC’s…

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Boeing, U.S. Air National Guard welcome C-17s to Memphis base

Posted  February 5, 2013

Boeing and the U.S. Air National Guard on Feb. 2 marked the 164th Airlift Wing's transition to the Boeing C-17 Globemaster III, making Memphis Air National Guard Base the latest to receive the advanced airlifter.

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Headlines: February 1, 2013

Posted  February 1, 2013

Space How Columbia crew died in ignorance NASA has revealed that the Columbia crew were not told that the shuttle had been damaged and they might not survive re-entry. The seven astronauts who died will be remembered at a public memorial service on the 10th anniversary of the disaster this Friday at Florida’s Kennedy Space…

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News Briefs February 1, 2013

Posted  February 1, 2013

Northrop Grumman fourth quarter net income falls 3 percent Defense contractor Northrop Grumman said Jan. 30 its fourth-quarter net income fell 3 percent, hurt by lower government spending. The Falls Church, Va.,-based company earned $533 million, or $2.14 per share, down from $548 million, or $2.09 per share, a year ago. The recent quarter’s results…

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1994 Direct Combat Definition, Assignment Rule rescinded, new billets for Navy women

Posted  February 1, 2013

As a result of the Department of Defense's rescission of 1994 Direct Ground Combat Definition and Assignment Rule, the Navy is developing plans to move forward in opening all positions previously closed to the assignment of women.

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Airmen gear up for largest B-1 modification

Posted  February 1, 2013

Photograph courtesy of Jake Melampy Members of the 337th Test and Evaluation Squadron is gearing up for the largest B-1 modification in program history, as part of the Integrated Battle Station and Sustainment-Block 16 upgrade. Members of the 337th Test and Evaluation Squadron at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, are gearing up for the largest…

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Northrop Grumman’s next-generation Fire Scout to beef up avionics protection

Posted  February 1, 2013

Northrop Grumman has received the first protective cage for its next-generation MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter that will store and shield the aircraft's critical electronic components from strong electric fields and electromagnetic waves.

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