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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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NASDVA joins fully developed claims community of practice Effort

Posted  August 9, 2013

The Department of Veterans Affairs Aug. 8 welcomed the National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs to the Fully Developed Claims Community of Practice, which was established in May to speed the processing of Veteransí disability compensation claims by promoting the early submission of all available evidence needed by VA to reach a disability…

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Army, Lockheed Martin celebrate one million flight hours for the Apache targeting pilotage sensor

Posted  August 9, 2013

Lockheed Martin photograph On Aug. 8, more than 400 U.S. Army representatives, industry partners, suppliers, distinguished guests and Lockheed Martin employees celebrated the M-TADS/PNVS 1,000,000 Flight Hours milestone. Lockheed Martin and the U.S. Army celebrated one million flight hours for the Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor during ceremonies held Aug. 8 at…

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Sixth Wideband Global SATCOM satellite launched

Posted  August 9, 2013

The U.S. Air Force’s sixth Wideband Global SATCOM spacecraft was launched on a United Launch Alliance Delta IV launch vehicle from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. at 8:29 p.m., EDT, Aug. 8, the first step in its journey to expand satellite communications services to the warfighter. The satellite will provide additional wideband SATCOM coverage…

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The challenge is on NASA-WPI 2014 Robot Prize Competition registration open

Posted  August 9, 2013

In pursuit of new technological solutions for America’s space program and our nation’s future, NASA and the Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Mass., have opened registration for the $1.5 million 2014 Sample Return Robot prize competition. Planned for June 2014 at WPI, industry and academic teams from across the nation will compete to demonstrate a…

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VA reaches out to veterans about the health care law

Posted  August 9, 2013

The Department of Veterans Affairs has launched an awareness campaign and a new website, www.va.gov/aca, to let veterans know what the Affordable Care Act means for them and their families. Veterans receiving health care from the Department of Veterans Affairs will see no change in their benefits or out-of-pocket costs when portions of the Affordable…

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U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force intercept cruise missile for first time with

Posted  August 9, 2013

The U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force intercepted for the first time an anti-ship cruise missile surrogate using Raytheon’s Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile cued by JLENS. An affordable, elevated, persistent over-the-horizon sensor system, JLENS uses a powerful integrated radar system to detect, track and target a variety of threats. “Integrating JLENS’ precision detection and…

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Air Force supported researchers build all-optical switch, transistor

Posted  August 9, 2013

The control of a single photon – the elementary quantum carrier of light and all forms of electromagnetic radiation – is seen as the Holy Grail of quantum computing. If researchers could effectively make a photon do the work of a switch, or a transistor, it would be a revolutionary achievement with regard to telecommunication…

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Raytheon receives $218 million for advanced Standard Missile-3

Posted  August 9, 2013

Raytheon has been awarded a $218,530,196 contract by the Missile Defense Agency to complete the assembly and delivery of 29 Standard Missile-3 Block IB missiles. Launched off U.S. Navy ships, SM-3 interceptors protect the U.S. and its allies by destroying incoming short-, medium-, and intermediate-range ballistic missile threats by colliding with them in space. “The…

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Same-sex spouses may get military benefits

Posted  August 9, 2013

Same-sex spouses of military members could get health care, housing and other benefits by the end of August under a proposal being considered by the Pentagon. But earlier plans to provide benefits to gay partners who are not married may be reversed. A draft Defense Department memo obtained Aug. 7 by The Associated Press says…

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NAVAIR teams test GPS anti-jamming device on small UAV

Posted  August 9, 2013

Navy photograph The Navy’s Communications and GPS Navigation Program Office (PMW/A 170) mounted a Small Antenna System on an Aerostar unmanned aircraft then placed it in a room lined with signal-absorbent material, where it was subjected to GPS jamming signals at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. Part of an initiative to protect GPS technologies…

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