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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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Mars rover fully analyzes first Martian soil samples

Posted  December 5, 2012

NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover has used its full array of instruments to analyze Martian soil for the first time, and found a complex chemistry within the Martian soil. Water and sulfur and chlorine-containing substances, among other ingredients, showed up in samples Curiosity’s arm delivered to an analytical laboratory inside the rover. Detection of the substances…

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NASA Opportunity rover finishes walkabout on Mars crater rim

Posted  December 5, 2012

The latest work assignment for NASA’s long-lived Mars rover Opportunity is a further examination of an area where the robot just completed a walkabout. “If you are a geologist studying a site like this, one of the first things you do is walk the outcrop, and that’s what we’ve done with Opportunity,” said Steve Squyres,…

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Coalition for Space Exploration introduces new leadership for 2013

Posted  December 5, 2012

The Coalition for Space Exploration Dec. 5 announced veteran aerospace communicators George Torres of ATK and Mary Engola of Ball Aerospace will lead the coalition in 2013. Torres will serve as the new chair and Engola will continue her role as the deputy chair. Each will serve a one-year term, effective January through December 2013….

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Modernized Patriot: Smarter, faster, tougher

Posted  December 5, 2012

Deep inside the factory where Patriot defense systems are made, Ken Arruda stopped beside a rolling cart and pointed to a white card sprinkled with what looked like grains of sand. They were computer chips for the Patriotís radar system ñ parts that since 2006 have shrunk to one-eighth their previous size. ìNow theyíre as…

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Veterans’ gun rights sticky issue in defense bill

Posted  December 5, 2012

Should veterans deemed too mentally incompetent to handle their own financial affairs be prevented from buying a gun? The issue, for a time last week, threatened to become the biggest sticking point in a $631 billion defense bill for reshaping a military that is disengaging from a decade of warfare. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., sought…

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Official explores cost-saving logistics initiatives

Posted  December 5, 2012

A senior Defense Department official Dec. 3 underscored the importance of contractors, industry partnerships and allies at a time of fewer federal dollars and amid a transition to a post-war era. Gary J. Motsek, deputy assistant secretary of defense for program support, told the Defense Logistics 2012 conference that the post-Iraq and Afghanistan transition is…

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STSS demonstration satellites collect data for future operational space missile tracking system

Posted  December 5, 2012

The Space Tracking and Surveillance System demonstration satellites, built by a Northrop Grumman and Raytheon team for the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, collected data during an Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense test June 26 that will be used to create a concept of operations for future space-borne, operational missile defense sensors. Designated FTM-18, the combined Aegis…

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Oregon National Guard, Vietnam sign partnership pact

Posted  December 3, 2012

The Oregon National Guard signed a pact with Vietnam as part of the State Partnership Program during a Nov. 27 ceremony in Hanoi.

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News Briefs – December 3, 2012

Posted  December 3, 2012

U.S. Army cutting civilian jobs in Europe The U.S. Army says it’s cutting 160 civilian support positions in Europe as it moves ahead with plans to reduce the number of soldiers on the continent. The military said in a statement Nov. 30 that the Department of the Army positions would be cut through September 2013…

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F-35C Lightning II hits weapons testing milestone CF-2 completes initial pit drop testing

Posted  December 3, 2012

The F-35 integrated test force aboard Naval Air Station Patuxent River completed a weapons ejection milestone for the Lightning II carrier variant on Nov. 28. CF-2, the second F-35C test aircraft, ejected a 2,000-pound inert GBU-31 Joint Direct Attack Munition and a 500-pound GBU-12 Paveway II Laser Guided Bomb from an internal weapons bay into…

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