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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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ATK to deliver PERM capability for U.S. Marine Corps 120mm Mortar system

Posted  December 14, 2012

ATK announced Dec. 13 that it will begin execution of a $14.3 million contract awarded to develop a solution to meet the U.S. Marine Corps’ requirement for a rifled, 120mm, Precision Extended Range Mortar. ATK’s Armament Systems division will serve as the prime contractor to the Marine Corps for the 24-month PERM development program that…

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Twin NASA probes prepare for Dec. 17 mission-ending moon impact

Posted  December 14, 2012

Twin lunar-orbiting NASA spacecraft that have allowed scientists to learn more about the internal structure and composition of the moon are being prepared for their controlled descent and impact on a mountain near the moon’s north pole at about 2:28 p.m., PST, Dec. 17. Ebb and Flow, the Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission…

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Lockheed Martin says its local presence solid

Posted  December 14, 2012

Lockheed Martin’s decision to move hundreds of jobs out of Cobb County, Ga., came under pressure from a lackluster economy and U.S. military budget cuts. But company officials said the company’s seven-decade presence in Marietta is not under threat – at least not for several years. “It’s about being competitive, it’s about being affordable and…

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EPA finds contamination at former rocket test site

Posted  December 14, 2012

Lingering radioactive contamination exists at a former rocket test lab outside of Los Angeles that was the site of a partial nuclear meltdown, federal environmental regulators said Dec. 12. The Environmental Protection Agency launched a $42 million study to investigate radioactive pollution at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory, 25 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles….

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NASA progressing toward first launch of Orion spacecraft

Posted  December 14, 2012

Recent engineering advances by NASA and its industry partners across the country show important progress toward Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1), the next step to launching humans to deep space. The uncrewed EFT-1 mission, launching from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida in 2014, will test the re-entry performance of the agency’s Orion capsule, the most…

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Defense and Industry Narrow Communication Gap

Posted  December 14, 2012

As a cost- and time-saving measure, Defense Department officials have developed an experimental Website to help government and industry stay up-to-date on developing projects that support the war fighter. The new site, Defense Innovation Marketplace, is part of the Defense Department’s Better Buying Power initiative to save DOD money, said Jack Blackhurst, a “customer” of…

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Blue Angels releases 2013 show schedule

Posted  December 14, 2012

The Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, has released their 2013 show schedule in which the Blue Angels are scheduled to perform 65 demonstrations at 32 locations. The 2013 show schedule is:   March 16: NAF El Centro, Calif. March 23-24 NAS Key West, Fla. April 6-7: MacDill AFB, Fla. April 13-14: NAS Corpus…

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Aerojet announces MRO management agreement

Posted  December 14, 2012

Aerojet, a GenCorp company, announced Dec. 13 the recent signing of a multi-year master agreement with Storeroom Solutions, Inc. to deploy a flexible, integrated supply chain service model for all maintenance, repair and operations material requirements across the enterprise. This alliance will unify all operating site locations and aggregate the total spend under a single…

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Panetta signs order to deploy 400 U.S. personnel to Turkey

Posted  December 14, 2012

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has signed an order that will deploy 400 U.S. personnel to Turkey to support the deployment that NATO agreed to recently of Patriot missile capability there, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said today. Panetta signed the agreement en route to Turkey as he wrapped up a trip this week that…

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Thunderbirds release 2013 show schedule, prepare for 60th anniversary

Posted  December 14, 2012

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds announced their 2013 show schedule Dec. 11. In its 60th season, the team is slated to perform more than 60 demonstrations in 38 locations, including a six-week tour through the Pacific. The flying unit, officially known as the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, will again kick off its season…

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