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Upgrades ‘new normal’ for armor in uncertain budget environment

If any journalists at the recent AUSAAME press conference expected to hear revelations of a major ground combat system acquisition on the near-term horizon, that notion was quickly dispelled.

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Boeing celebrates groundbreaking for 777X composite wing center

Boeing Oct. 21 celebrated the groundbreaking of its new 777X Composite Wing Center at the Everett, Wash., campus.

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First F-35A operational weapons load crew qualified

Three airmen with the 58th Aircraft Maintenance Unit became the first qualified operational weapons load crew for the F-35A Lightning II during a qualification load at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Oct. 10.

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Boeing-built X-37B successfully completes third flight

The Boeing-built X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle successfully de-orbited and landed today at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., at 9:24 a.m., PDT, concluding a 674-day experimental test mission for the U.S. Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office.

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Dassault Falcon Jet establishes new pilot operational support team

Dassault Falcon Jet recently established a new Pilot Operational Support Team in Teterboro, N.J., to support operators in the Western Hemisphere.


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Virgin Galactic flexes SpaceShipTwo’s unique feather mechanism in second supersonic flight

Posted  September 6, 2013

Sept. 5, Virgin Galactic, the world’s first commercial spaceline owned by Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group and Abu Dhabi's aabar Investments PJS, successfully completed the second rocket-powered, supersonic flight of its passenger carrying reusable space vehicle, SpaceShipTwo.

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500th electronic tester delivered, Robins plays key part

Posted  September 6, 2013

Robins Air Force Base, Ga., plays a vital role in managing and sustaining electronic warfare capabilities onboard weapon systems platforms across the Department of Defense. That includes management and software maintenance for the Joint Service Electronic Combat Systems Tester, which recently celebrated the delivery of its 500th unit. JSECST troubleshoots and tests electronic warfare systems…

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B-2 undergoes comm upgrade

Posted  September 6, 2013

After a 20-year wait, the B-2 Spirit will receive a significant new communications upgrade.

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Delta announces order for 40 Airbus aircraft

Posted  September 6, 2013

Delta Air Lines announced plans Sept. 4 to purchase 40 Airbus aircraft for delivery between 2015 and 2017. The order, which comprises 10 international widebody A330-300 and 30 large domestic narrowbody A321 jets, is the latest step in Delta’s prudent fleet renewal to enhance profitability while diligently managing capacity. “This Airbus agreement is another opportunistic…

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Feds won’t enforce same-sex veterans law

Posted  September 6, 2013

The Obama administration said Wednesday it will stop enforcing a law that blocks benefits to partners of military veterans in same-sex marriages. In a letter to congressional leaders, Attorney General Eric Holder said that a provision in federal law on benefits to veterans and their families defines “spouse” to mean a person of the opposite…

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Forest Service ends military firefighting aircraft activation

Posted  September 6, 2013

Officials from the U.S. Forest Service, through the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho, have decided to end current military C-130 Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System operations as of the end of the day Sept. 5. MAFFS aircraft and crews remain available for recall if the wildland fire situation dictates, U.S. Northern Command officials said….

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A Multiview of the Intelligence World

Posted  September 6, 2013

The Air Force Office of Scientific Research has been involved with various aspects of computer security ever since the idea of computer networking was being discussed. Recently, AFOSR funding was critical to the successful development of a groundbreaking effort, called MultiView, which is a component of the SecureView platform that allows an intelligence analyst the…

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Lockheed Martin-built A2100 satellites: More than 400 cumulative years in orbit, and counting

Posted  September 6, 2013

The Lockheed Martin A2100 communications satellite series has achieved a major milestone by achieving over 400 cumulative years of successful, in-orbit operations. “The versatile and configurable A2100 common platform offers both our commercial and government customers reduced cost and risk while ensuring mission success, high reliability and outstanding sustained performance,” said Linda Reiners, president of…

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JLTV testing begins, program on schedule, budget

Posted  September 6, 2013

Full-pace, full-scope testing of the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle prototypes began Sept. 3 and will last for 14 months.

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Raytheon’s SeaVue XMC showcases innovative maritime radar solutions

Posted  September 6, 2013

Raytheon has completed successful test and demonstration flights of the SeaVue XMC (eXpanded Mission Capability) maritime surveillance radar in Australia. The flights have been conducted during the last year in coordination with the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service. As part of the Australian Border Protection program’s technology refresh initiative, an Australian Customs Dash 8…

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