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Cope South experts exchange knowledge, techniques

The flight line here at exercise Cope South 15 is usually a flurry of activity every morning, with maintainers firing up auxiliary power units and loadmasters finalizing their cargo plan.

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Boeing announces ANA’s commitment to more jetliners

Boeing and All Nippon Airways announced Jan. 30 the airline’s intent to purchase three 787-10 Dreamliners to add additional flexibility to the airline’s 787 fleet.

Air Force photograph by Scott M. Ash Defense

Air Force risks becoming too small to succeed under sequestration

During testimony on Capitol Hill Jan. 28, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III stressed the negative impact sequestration will have on future Air Force capabilities, emphasizing further budget cuts will lead to low morale and declined readiness in the Air Force.

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USS Elrod is decommissioned

Placed into commission nearly 30 years ago, the guided-missile frigate USS Elrod (FFG 55) was decommissioned Jan. 30 during a Naval Station Norfolk ceremony, led by Cmdr. Brad Stallings, commanding officer.

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Ball Aerospace integrates two of five instruments for JPSS-1

Two of the five instruments scheduled to fly on the nation's next polar-orbiting weather satellite, NOAA's Joint Polar Satellite System -1, have been integrated to the spacecraft bus by prime contractor Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.


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World War II soldier, character actor Charles Durning to be interred at Arlington

Posted  January 18, 2013

DOD photograph by PO1 Chad J. McNeeley Triple Purple Heart holder, Silver Star recipient and award-winning character actor Charles Durning, who died at 89 on Christmas eve of natural causes, will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery, Va., Feb. 21, 2013. Pictured here, actor Joe Mantegna introduces World War II hero and Academy…

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Business

Sikorsky, Boeing partner for Joint Multi-Role future vertical lift requirements

Posted  January 18, 2013

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp., and Boeing signed a teaming agreement Jan. 13 to submit a joint proposal in response to the U.S. Army Aviation Applied Technology Directorate solicitation for the Army’s Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator Phase 1 program. The JMR TD supports the Department of Defense’s Future Vertical Lift program…

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Defense

Sequestration will hollow out force fast, Dempsey says

Posted  January 18, 2013

The across-the-board spending cuts that would result if a “sequestration” mechanism in budget law kicks in March 1 will hollow out U.S. military forces faster than most Americans imagine, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Jan. 17. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey said during a recent news briefing that if sequestration happens,…

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Business

Lockheed Martin JLTV undergoes successful design review

Posted  January 18, 2013

Lockheed Martin’s family of Joint Light Tactical Vehicles successfully completed a top-to-bottom government design review in late December, well ahead of the first Engineering and Manufacturing Development JLTVs that will begin rolling off the assembly line this spring. The Design Understanding Review, which was held Dec. 18 through 20, assessed all elements of Lockheed Martin’s…

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Tech

Natick tube foods keep U-2 pilots flying high

Posted  January 18, 2013

Imagine Key lime pie with the consistency of baby food squirting out of a container roughly the size of a toothpaste tube. The thought of it might make your stomach churn, but one group of high-flying consumers has given two thumbs up to the dessert choice. These discerning diners also think beef stew, truffle macaroni…

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Morin talks sequestration, near-term budget actions

Posted  January 18, 2013

The acting under secretary of the Air Force described how the nation’s fiscal challenges are affecting the service to a group of civic and industry leaders in Arlington, Va., Jan. 15. Dr. Jamie Morin spoke to members of industry, the Air Force, the Air Force Association and media as part of AFA’s monthly breakfast program…

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Space

Ball Aerospace completes performance testing for James Webb Space Telescope aft optics subsystem

Posted  January 18, 2013

Ball Aerospace & Technologies photograph Ball Aerospace has completed all performance testing for the James Webb aft-optics subsystem. Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has completed all performance testing for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope aft-optics subsystem (AOS) under contract to the Northrop Grumman Corporation. Since May of 2012, the AOS has undergone a series of…

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Business

Pratt & Whitney delivers final production F119 engine to U.S. Air Force

Posted  January 18, 2013

Pratt & Whitney Military Engines Jan. 17 delivered the 507th and last production F119 engine to the U.S. Air Force for its F-22 Raptor fleet. The F119 Final Engine Delivery ceremony at the Middletown, Conn. Engine Center was held with representatives from the Air Force, Lockheed Martin and Boeing in attendance. Pratt & Whitney is…

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Boeing: 787 production continues as planned
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After another emergency, U.S. grounds Boeing 787s

Posted  January 18, 2013

Boeing: 787 production continues as planned Boeing says production of its 787 is continuing as planned, even though airlines have grounded the plane because of safety concerns. Federal aviation officials grounded the plane until they can figure out a solution to electrical problems that have caused one battery to catch fire and another to leak…

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Air Force implements civilian hiring freeze

Posted  January 18, 2013

Air Force senior leaders directed a force-wide hiring freeze among other workforce actions in a memorandum sent to senior commanders Jan. 16. The actions are part of the Air Force’s efforts to pursue reversible or recoverable steps to avoid impacts to core readiness caused by the looming possibility of sequestration and budgetary shortfalls. Civilian pay…

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