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Navy’s first F-35C squadron surpasses 1,000 flight hours

Air Force photograph by Samuel King Jr. An F-35C Lightning II aircraft piloted by Lt. Cmdr. Chris Tabert, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101, flies the squadron’s first local sortie. The F-35C is the carrier variant of the Joint Strike Fighter. VFA 101, based at Eglin Air Force Base, serves as the F-35C Fleet…

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Boeing South Carolina begins final assembly of its first 787-9 Dreamliner

Boeing has started final assembly of the 787-9 Dreamliner at its South Carolina facility. The team began joining large fuselage sections of the newest 787 Nov. 22 on schedule, a proud milestone for the South Carolina team and another sign of stability for the program. The North Charleston, S.C., site joins Boeing’s Everett, Wash., final…

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Ball Aerospace equips Orion mission with key avionics, antenna hardware

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. is providing the phased array antennas and flight test cameras to prime contractor Lockheed Martin for Orion's Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1), which is an unmanned test flight scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral, Fla.

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President announces Hagel’s resignation as defense secretary

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel shakes hands with President Barack Obama at the White House Nov. 24. The president announced that Hagel would resign his position as defense secretary. Praising Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s class and integrity, President Barack Obama announced Nov. 24 at the White House that Hagel will leave his post. The president said…

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SEWIP block upgrade program evaluated for LCS

The Navy is evaluating a scaled-down version of the Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program system for potential incorporation on future Littoral Combat Ships


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Service members, volunteers, pay honor to fallen, lay wreaths at Arlington

Posted  December 17, 2012

DOD photograph by Sebastian Sciotti Jr. Trucks carrying wreaths arrive at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Dec. 15, 2012. Thousands of volunteers helped place 110,000 wreaths at the graves of fallen service members as part of the annual Wreaths Across America event. DOD photograph by Sebastian Sciotti Jr. Service members and volunteers render honors…

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Linebacker II remembrance ceremony

Posted  December 17, 2012

The annual Linebacker II Remembrance Ceremony was held at the Arc Light Memorial Park, Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 14 to honor the heroes that made the ultimate sacrifice in support of Operation Linebacker II.

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Deployable radio frequency data backbone to match fiber optic capacity

Posted  December 17, 2012

Fiber optic cables provide the core backbone for military and civilian networks, enabling Internet, phone, video and other data to move at super-high speeds with virtually no degradation over long distances. In deployed environments, where a fiber optic backbone doesnít exist, other communications modes are used resulting in reduced data-rate capacity for the warfighter. DARPAís…

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Boeing names vice president, general manager of unmanned airborne systems programs

Posted  December 17, 2012

Company veteran Michael Kurth will oversee Boeing’s unmanned airborne systems as of Jan. 1. Kurth, currently managing director of Boeing Defence UK Ltd., will relocate to St. Louis, Mo., as vice president and general manager, Unmanned Airborne Systems Programs, reporting to Boeing Military Aircraft President Chris Chadwick. David Pitchforth, managing director for UK Rotorcraft Support,…

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U.S. Navy extends DRS Technologies E-6 Logistics contract

Posted  December 17, 2012

DRS Technologies, a Finmeccanica Company, announced Dec. 17 that the U.S. Navy has exercised a $49.9 million contract option to continue logistics support to the E-6 Take Charge and Move Out and Airborne Command Post aircraft fleet. Under terms of the contract option, awarded to the C3 and Aviation business unit, DRS will manage government-owned…

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Pentagon warns of higher bomb threat in drawdown

Posted  December 17, 2012

American and coalition forces in Afghanistan will be more vulnerable to deadly improvised explosive devices as the military draws down troops next year, a senior Pentagon official said Dec. 13. Lt. Gen. Michael Barbero described his concerns about what is the top cause of military and civilian deaths in Afghanistan and Pakistan in congressional testimony…

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Boeing delivers first new jet to Iraq in decades

Posted  December 17, 2012

The first new Boeing jetliner sold to Iraq in 30 years touched down in Baghdad Dec. 15, signaling the country’s determination to rebuild its economy after decades of war and sanctions. Iraq is eager to improve its creaky aviation industry, which lags far behind that of its energy-rich neighbors. Boeing’s delivery of the twin-aisle 777-200LR…

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Raytheon awarded $108 million for SM-2 production

Posted  December 17, 2012

The U.S. Navy has awarded Raytheon a $108 million contract for continued production of Standard Missile-2 all-up rounds, a majority of which will be sold to U.S. allies through foreign military sales. This award brings the total fiscal year 2011 contract value to more than $200 million. “The U.S. Navy has committed to supporting SM-2…

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Senate moves bill covering fertility care for vets

Posted  December 17, 2012

Wounded veterans and their spouses who want to have children could get the government to pay for treatments such as in vitro fertilization under legislation beginning to move through Congress in the waning days of the session. By voice vote, the Senate passed a bill Dec. 13 to update the Veterans Affairs Department’s medical coverage…

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AFSOC builds partnerships with sister services, foreign militaries

Posted  December 17, 2012

More than 30 service members and civil servants from 10 different countries gathered at Hurlburt Field, Fla., to attend the Building Partner Aviation Capacity Course Dec. 3 to 14. BPACC was designed as an avenue for Air Force Special Operations Command to create, nurture or deepen partnerships with foreign militaries, sister services, and other Air…

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