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Composites key to tougher, lighter armaments

The Army is on the cusp of revolutionizing materials that go into armament construction, making for stronger, lighter and more durable weapons, Dr. Andrew Littlefield said.

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AAR awarded new contract from Bell Helicopter Textron to support T64 engines

AAR announced April 22 that Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. awarded its Defense Systems & Logistics business unit a contract providing warehouse and logistics services in support of upgrading T64 engines for the Bell V-280 Valor technical demonstrator aircraft.

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Last MC-130P Combat Shadows in the Pacific retire

The 17th Special Operations Squadron at Kadena Air Base, Japan, sent off the final two MC-130P Combat Shadows in the Pacific Air Forces to retire on April 15.

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F-22 test squadron recognizes decorated squadron member, Vietnam hero

Base leaders will always attest to the fact that people are what make Edwards AFB a unique place to work.

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NASA unveils celestial fireworks as official image for Hubble 25th Anniversary

The brilliant tapestry of young stars flaring to life resemble a glittering fireworks display in the 25th anniversary NASA Hubble Space Telescope image, released to commemorate a quarter century of exploring the solar system and beyond since its launch April 24, 1990.


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First B-2 surpasses 7,000 flight hours

Posted  April 8, 2013

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Nick Wilson B-2 Spirit crew chiefs stand at parade rest while performing post flight inspections with pilots in the cockpit of the ìSpirit of Floridaî April 1, 2013, at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo. The pilots just completed a historic training mission in which it became the first B-2 to…

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United Launch Alliance honors three California-based suppliers with Small Business Excellence Award

Posted  April 8, 2013

United Launch Alliance recently honored three California-based suppliers with a 2012 Small Business Excellence award for their support of the Atlas V and Delta IV launch vehicles. ULA’s Atlas and Delta vehicles support a wide range of missions including the Department of Defense Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle Program and NASA science missions, and are poised…

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Sikorsky Aircraft announces supplier of the year awards

Posted  April 8, 2013

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. announced April 5 its 2013 Supplier of the Year awards. The winners, along with Sikorsky’s 15 current Gold Suppliers, were recognized at the company’s recently held Supplier Gold Summit in Miami, Fla. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. The winners are: Aerostructures Supplier of the Year: Turkish Aerospace Industries Inc….

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SAIC awarded contract by U.S. Naval Facilities Engineering Command

Posted  April 8, 2013

Science Applications International Corporation has been awarded a prime contract by the U.S. Naval Facilities Engineering Command to provide security engineering services in support of the Anti-terrorism/Force Protection Ashore Global Sustainment Program. The single-award contract has a one-year base period of performance, two one-year options, and a total contract value of approximately $74 million, if…

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Northrop Grumman awarded U.S. Navy contract to upgrade, enhance NGC2P tactical data link processor

Posted  April 8, 2013

The U.S. Navy has awarded Northrop Grumman an $80 million contract to upgrade and enhance the Next Generation Command and Control Processor. The NGC2P system is a tactical data link communication processor that provides critical real-time information about friendly and enemy activity during combat operations. The five-year, indefinite-quantity, indefinite-delivery NGC2P Technology Refresh and Link 22…

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General Dynamics completes successful critical design review for Knifefish mine countermeasure unmanned undersea vehicle

Posted  April 8, 2013

General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems has successfully completed the critical design review for Knifefish, the surface-mine countermeasure unmanned undersea vehicle, one month ahead of schedule. The General Dynamics team will now begin the development of the system hardware and software to integrate the approved design via the fabrication of three engineering development modules. Knifefish is…

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NASA selects Explorer investigations for formulation

Posted  April 8, 2013

NASA’s Astrophysics Explorer Program has selected two missions for launch in 2017: a planet-hunting satellite and an International Space Station instrument to observe X-rays from stars. The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite and Neutron Star Interior Composition Explorer were among four concept studies submitted in September 2012. NASA determined these two offer the best scientific value…

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Boeing completes PDR for connection between CST-100 spacecraft and rocket

Posted  April 8, 2013

The structure that will join the Boeing Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 spacecraft to an Atlas V rocket has successfully completed a preliminary design review, another step toward the return of humans to space on a U.S. vehicle. This is the third milestone under the company’s Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap) agreement with NASA that Boeing…

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NASA Commercial Crew partner Boeing completes launch vehicle adapter review

Posted  April 8, 2013

Boeing in Houston, a NASA Commercial Crew Program partner, has successfully completed a preliminary design review (PDR) of the component that would connect the company’s new crew capsule to its rocket. The review is one of six performance milestones Boeing has completed for NASA’s Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap) initiative, which is intended to make…

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Sequestration not yet a national security threat

Posted  April 8, 2013

Sequestration will have no effect on the drawdown in Afghanistan, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said April 6. [Sequestration] is an avalanche, not a light switch,î Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey said in a round-table discussion with members of the press traveling with him on his trip to Afghanistan. The avalanche started…

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