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Storm fails to quench liftoff of secret reconnaissance satellite

The fiery launch of an Atlas V (541), among the most powerful of the venerable Atlas family, briefly dispelled the gloom over Californiaís Central Coast on the evening of Dec. 12. A team of personnel from United Launch Alliance and the 30th Space Wing at Vandenberg Air Force Base completed the countdown sequence at 7:19…

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Navy demonstrates unmanned helicopter operations aboard Coast Guard cutter

http://static.dvidshub.net/media/video/1412/DOD_102145893/DOD_102145893-512×288-442k.mp4 Coast Guard photograph An MQ-8B Fire Scout UAS is tested off the Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf near Los Angeles, Dec. 5 2014. The Coast Guard Research and Development Center has been testing UAS platforms consistently for the last three years. The U.S. Navy completed an MQ-8B Fire Scout demonstration aboard U.S. Coast Guard Cutter…

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GPS III, OCX successfully demonstrate key satellite command, control capabilities

Lockheed Martin and Raytheon successfully completed the fourth of five planned launch and early orbit exercises to demonstrate new automation capabilities, information assurance and launch readiness of the worldís most powerful and accurate Global Positioning System, the U.S. Air Forceís next generation GPS III satellite and Operational Control System. Successful completion of Exercise 4 on…

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NASA analysis: 11 trillion gallons to replenish California drought losses

It will take about 11 trillion gallons of water - around 1.5 times the maximum volume of the largest U.S. reservoir - to recover from California's continuing drought, according to a new analysis of NASA satellite data.

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Governor Brown’s Military Council visits Aerospace Valley

Members of the Governor’s Military Council visited Edwards Air Force Base and Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, to learn a little more about the Antelope Valley’s defense industry and to get a closer look at some of America’s leading aerospace companies.


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Veterans

Officials announce TRICARE Prime service area changes

Posted  January 11, 2013

Active-duty service members and their families will be unaffected when long-delayed reductions to areas where the TRICARE Prime option is offered take place Oct. 1, TRICARE officials said Jan. 9. But as TRICARE seeks to synchronize service area shifts once staggered by contract delays, some military retirees and their dependents will be moved to TRICARE…

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Army assesses electromagnetic vulnerabilities

Posted  January 11, 2013

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory, Survivability/Lethality Analysis Directorate's state-of-the-art Electromagnetic Vulnerability Assessment Facility here is used to conduct experiments that address the electromagnetic vulnerability requirements of the U.S. Army Weapon and Communication-Electronics Systems.

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Space

NASA’S Galex reveals the largest yet-known spiral galaxy

Posted  January 11, 2013

The spectacular barred spiral galaxy NGC 6872 has ranked among the biggest stellar systems for decades. Now a team of astronomers from the United States, Chile and Brazil has crowned it the largest-known spiral.

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Business

Boeing 787 Dreamliner mishaps prompt FAA review

Posted  January 11, 2013

The Federal Aviation Administration is undertaking a comprehensive review of the critical systems of Boeing’s 787s, the aircraft maker’s newest and most technologically advanced plane, after a fire and a fuel leak earlier this week. The review will include the design, manufacture and assembly of those systems, the FAA said in a statement Jan. 11….

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World

U.K. military must do more on cost overruns

Posted  January 11, 2013

Britain’s defense ministry needs to set more realistic price and delivery forecasts for its largest equipment projects, a watchdog group said Thursday after finding cost overruns in the hundreds of millions of pounds and numerous deadlines pushed back. The National Audit Office’s report looked at Britain’s 16 largest military equipment projects and found costs have…

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Headlines: January 11, 2013

Posted  January 11, 2013

Business Boeing 787 Dreamliner faces review after mishaps Arms makers lament uncertainty, urge clarity to make investments Rolls-Royce hires lawyer Gold for internal ethics review International United Kingdom: MoD £6.6 billion over budget for major weapons projects that are running woefully late British Helmand veterans dispatched to defend Falklands Glock 17 9mm pistols replace Browning…

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Panetta: Fiscal crisis poses biggest immediate threat to DOD

Posted  January 11, 2013

DOD photograph by Erin Kirk-Cuomo Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, brief the press at the Pentagon, Jan. 10, 2013. Panetta and Dempsey discussed the effects of sequestration if it were to take effect at the end of March. The “perfect storm of…

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Business

Lockheed Martin receives $755 million contract for production of PAC-3 missiles

Posted  January 11, 2013

Lockheed Martin has received a contract totaling $755 million from the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command for hardware and services associated with the combat-proven PATRIOT Advanced Capability-3 Missile Segment program. The contract includes fiscal year 2013 missile and command launch system production for the U.S. Army and a follow-on sale of the PAC-3 Missile…

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Memo tells DOD components to plan for budget uncertainties

Posted  January 11, 2013

Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter has released a memo directing the services and defense agencies to begin planning for possible upcoming budget challenges. The memo allows defense components to freeze civilian hiring, terminate temporary hires and reduce base operating funds. It also allows components to curtail travel, training and conferences and to curtail administrative…

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Commando II goes West

Posted  January 11, 2013

Lockheed Martin photograph by Andrew McMurtrie Lockheed Martin delivered an MC-130J Commando II to Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., Jan. 9. Aircraft 5713 is the fourteenth of 27 MC-130Js to be assigned to the Air Force Special Operations Command. The squadron uses the Commando II on missions such as in-flight refueling, infiltration/exfiltration, and aerial delivery…

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