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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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News Briefs – December 17, 2012

Posted  December 17, 2012

400 workers to be laid off at Indiana Humvee plant   AM General says it plans to lay off 400 employees at its military assembly plant in northern Indiana beginning Jan. 1. Company spokesman Jeff Adams tells the South Bend Tribune that the layoffs announced Dec. 13 will last until March. Adams says such temporary…

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Army leaders probe ‘deep future’

Posted  December 17, 2012

Trying to anticipate what the world might be like in 2030 would seem to be in the realm of science fiction writers, but the Army is interested too.

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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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