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Budget cuts, growing threats affect space operations

Air Force photograph The Advanced Extremely High Frequency, or AEHF, system is a joint service satellite communications system that provides survivable, global, secure, protected and jam-resistant communications for high-priority military ground, sea and air assets. Advanced EHF allows the National Security Council and unified combatant commanders to control tactical and strategic forces at all levels…

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First two Australian F-35s roll out of factory

A ceremony was held July 24 at Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth, Texas, commemorating the official roll out of the first two F-35 Lightning II aircraft for the Royal Australian Air Force.

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Insitu demonstrates long endurance capabilities of Integrator unmanned aircraft

Insitu photograph Insitu’s Integrator unmanned aircraft recovers via SkyHook; the aircraft recently completed a 24-hour endurance flight. Insitu announced July 22 the successful 24-hour flight of its Integrator unmanned aircraft. The flight demonstrated Integrator’s expanded endurance at an increased gross take-off weight with payload on board. The event is the first of several planned milestones…

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Lockheed Martin selected for U.S. Air Force’s satellite hosted payload initiative

Lockheed Martin has been competitively selected for the U.S. Air Force’s Hosted Payload Solutions initiative, which is aimed at integrating some government payloads – electronics and sensors packages designed for specific missions – on commercial satellites.

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President awards Medal of Honor to former Army staff sergeant

Army photograph by Lisa Ferdinando President Barack Obama awards the Medal of Honor to former Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts at the White House, July 21, 2014. Pitts received the nation’s highest military honor for his actions on July 13, 2008, in Wanat, Afghanistan, with 2nd Platoon, Chosen Company, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment,…


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NASA’s Operation IceBridge resumes flights over Antarctica

Posted  October 15, 2012

NASA photograph by Jim Yungel NASA’s DC-8 over the Pacific during transit to Chile. Scientists and flight crew members with Operation IceBridge, NASA’s airborne mission to study Earth’s changing polar ice, are beginning anothercampaign over Antarctica. Now in its fourth year, IceBridge’s return to theAntarctic comes almost a year after the discovery of a large…

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Northrop Grumman names VP, deputy general counsel

Posted  October 15, 2012

Northrop Grumman has named Kathryn G. Simpson vice president and deputy general counsel, effective Oct. 15. Simpson will report to Sheila Cheston, corporate vice president and general counsel. “Kathy Simpson is an accomplished counselor and leader in the defense industry,” said Cheston. “She will bring a breadth of experience and talents to her new role….

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Predators, Reapers break flying record

Posted  October 15, 2012

Air Force photograph by A1C Michael Shoemaker Maj. Dusty, 9th Attack Squadron MQ-9 Reaper pilot, and Tech. Sgt. Trevis, 49th Operations Group MQ-9 sensor operator (last names omitted due to operational security concerns) fly an MQ-9 Reaper from a ground control station on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., Oct. 3. The Reaper is a multi-functional…

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News briefs – October 12, 2012

Posted  October 12, 2012

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,007   As of Oct. 9, 2012, at least 2,007 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,666 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a…

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Political objections derail European defense deal

Posted  October 12, 2012

A deal to create a European defense and aerospace giant to rival Boeing collapsed Oct. 10 when BAE Systems and EADS NV called off merger talks in the face of government objections. The companies said they had “decided to terminate their discussions” over the proposed $45 billion tie-up because of conflicting interests between the British,…

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Office of Naval Research awards Raytheon contracts to develop next-generation power technology for naval systems

Posted  October 12, 2012

Raytheon has been awarded two Phase 2 contracts under the Office of Naval Research’s Compact Power Conversion Technologies program. The program aims to deliver better fuel economy and architectural flexibility for critical mission systems on future surface ships and submarines. “As the U.S. Navy develops the platforms and mission systems that ready our war fighters…

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Foreign Military Sales a billion-dollar business

Posted  October 12, 2012

Brig. Gen. James Haywood, director of the Air Force Security Assistance and Cooperation Directorate at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the overall administrator of a $128.3 billion portfolio supporting Foreign Military Sales to 100 countries and nine NATO organizations.

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Intelsat accepts second on-orbit Boeing 702MP satellite

Posted  October 12, 2012

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Intelsat S.A. has accepted its second Boeing 702MP (Medium Power) satellite, Intelsat 21, which was launched Aug. 18 and is enhancing Intelsat’s broadcast and communications services throughout four continents. Boeing introduced the 702MP spacecraft line in 2009 to meet customer requirements for satellites with 6 to 12 kilowatts of power. The…

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Northrop Grumman begins production of EHF SatCom system for B-2 bomber

Posted  October 12, 2012

PALMDALE, Calif. – The U.S. Air Force’s fleet of B-2 stealth bombers will begin receiving new high-speed processing subsystems under a $108 million low rate initial production contract awarded Sept. 28 to Northrop Grumman. The new hardware and software – which include an integrated processing unit, a high-capacity disk drive, and a network of fiber…

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Partnership, engagement highlight Africa policy

Posted  October 12, 2012

Say “Africa” to most Americans and they think of “the Dark Continent” – a land beset by problems and disasters, far enough away that anything that happens there cannot possibly affect America. And they would be wrong, said Amanda J. Dory, deputy assistant secretary of defense for African affairs. “What happens in Africa definitely affects…

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