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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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Patriot performs flawlessly in Japan test firings

Posted  November 16, 2012

The Japan Air Self-Defense Force continued its track record of successfully test firing Raytheon’s Patriot Air and Missile Defense System during its annual training exercise at McGregor Range, N.M. The exercise included target engagement and firings of Patriot in stressing tactical mission scenarios. “The results of this annual exercise speak to the operational readiness of…

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GOP senator outlines $68 billion in defense cuts

Posted  November 16, 2012

Defense spending could be slashed by $68 billion over 10 years if the military stopped spending millions on running grocery stores, operating its own schools and even developing a roll-up version of beef jerky, insists one of the Senate’s leading fiscal conservatives. In a new report, Republican Sen. Tom Coburn dubs the Pentagon the “Department…

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Boeing 737 MAX achieves ‘firm concept’

Posted  November 16, 2012

Boeing has finished defining in broad terms its newest single-aisle airplane, the 737 MAX, recently completing a major milestone in development known as ‘Firm Concept’. “The program has achieved this development milestone by defining the significant changes needed to deliver the performance we’ve committed to our customers,” said Beverly Wyse, vice president and general manager…

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Brewer attends Edwards Civ-Mil Support Group Meeting

Posted  November 16, 2012

Brig. Gen. Michael T. Brewer 412th Test Wing commander, attended the Nov. 8 meeting of the Edwards AFB Civilian-Military Support Group Board of Directors. This was a usual 7:30 a.m. Civ-Mil meeting, at which the volunteer civic group discussed its service projects in support of the base military, dependents, and civilian personnel. President Danny Bazzell…

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NASA’s great observatories find candidate for most distant galaxy

Posted  November 16, 2012

By combining the power of NASA’s Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes and one of nature’s own natural “zoom lenses” in space, astronomers have set a new record for finding the most distant galaxy seen in the universe. The farthest galaxy appears as a diminutive blob that is only a tiny fraction of the size of…

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New Briefs – November 14, 2012

Posted  November 14, 2012

Administration deciding on post-2014 troop levels Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says the Obama administration is nearing a decision in the next few weeks on how many U.S. troops will remain in Afghanistan – and for what purposes – after the U.S.-led combat mission ends in 2014. Panetta tells reporters aboard his plane en route from…

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Lockheed Martin acquires Chandler/May, Inc.

Posted  November 14, 2012

Lockheed Martin announced Nov. 13 the acquisition of Chandler/May, Inc., a company that specializes in the design, development, integration, manufacturing, and support of fully integrated mission critical systems for unmanned aerial systems and command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance missions. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed and are not material to Lockheed Martin’s…

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Honeywell provides cost-saving logistics support for U.S. Air Force F-15 fleet

Posted  November 14, 2012

Honeywell has been awarded a contract modification from the U.S. Air Force to provide depot maintenance support for the F-15′s secondary power system. Work will be performed under Public-Private Partnership with the Hill Air Force Base Depot Workforce in Utah through January 2020. “We’re focused on ensuring the ongoing operational readiness of the Air Force…

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Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne to further develop high-concentration solar technology

Posted  November 14, 2012

CANOGA PARK, Calif. – The Environmental Security Technology Certification Program office of the Department of Defense has awarded Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne approximately $2.3 million to design and develop a 200-kilowatt high-concentration photovoltaic solar-power field on one acre at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. The project is designed to demonstrate the high-performance and cost-effectiveness of…

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Digital modular radios by General Dynamics anchor communications for new U.S. Navy ships, submarines

Posted  November 14, 2012

The U.S. Navy has ordered an additional 53 General Dynamics-built AN/USC-61(C) four-channel Digital Modular Radios for use aboard new Navy ships, submarines and inshore sites. In addition to the new radios, existing DMR hardware will be modified to accommodate networking waveforms owned by the government. This order exercises an option on a contract awarded to…

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