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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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Lockheed Martin foliage-penetrating reconnaissance radar integrated with system to detect slow moving objects

Posted  October 24, 2012

Lockheed Martin photograph Based on the Lockheed Martin’s proven FOPEN radar system, TRACER is a lightweight, low-frequency synthetic-aperture radar that can peer through foliage, rain, darkness, dust storms, or atmospheric haze to provide real-time, high-quality tactical ground imagery. After multiple ground demonstrations in operational environments, a Lockheed Martin penetrating radar capability that can peer through…

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Pension expense hurts Boeing third quarter net

Posted  October 24, 2012

Boeing said its net income this year will be bigger than it had expected as deliveries of commercial airplanes picks up. Higher pension expenses hurt Boeing’s third-quarter profit, but other measures for the big airplane maker and defense contractor were strong. Profits rose in both its commercial and defense units. And it reaffirmed plans to…

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Europe remains important to new strategy, general says

Posted  October 24, 2012

Europe remains important, even as the United States shifts its strategic focus to the Asia-Pacific region, the commander of U.S. Army Europe and 7th Army said during a Defense Writers Group breakfast in Washington, D.C., Oct. 23. “Europe remains one of our key strategic partners, Lt. Gen. Mark P. Hertling said. “If you take a…

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New crew headed to the International Space Station

Posted  October 24, 2012

NASA photograph by Bill Ingalls The Soyuz rocket with Expedition 33 crew members, Soyuz Commander Oleg Novitskiy, Flight Engineer Kevin Ford of NASA, and Flight Engineer Evgeny Tarelkin of Roscosmos onboard the TMA-06M spacecraft launches to the International Space Station on Oct. 23, 2012, in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Launch occurred at 5:51 a.m., CDT. Ford, Novitskiy…

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Helicopter Foundation International offering free money

Posted  October 24, 2012

Scholarships help defray cost of commercial pilot, aviation maintenance technician certificates   The deadline is fast approaching for the 18 scholarships that the Helicopter Foundation International will award to students in the helicopter industry. On June 1, HFI began accepting scholarship submissions. The foundation is now more than three quarters of the way to the…

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Leaner Navy looking at future technology, fleet size, sequestration

Posted  October 24, 2012

Adm. Mark Ferguson, vice chief of naval operations, headlined the opening of the Office of Naval Research Naval Science and Technology Partnership Conference and ASNE Expo Oct. 22, 2012, and highlighted the importance of innovative science and technology programs being developed by the Navy. He also offered a revealing look at the potential future for…

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Westphal: Collaboration with industry saves Army money

Posted  October 24, 2012

Army photograph by SSgt. Bernardo Fuller Under Secretary of the Army Joseph Westphal discusses the value of collaborating with industry on best business practices. Industry forums such as this week’s Association of the U.S. Army Annual Meeting and Exposition can save the Army money through collaboration on best business practices, service officials said. “Whether you’re…

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VA awards more than $47 million for state, tribal veterans cemeteries

Posted  October 24, 2012

The Department of Veterans Affairs recently announced the award of 18 grants totaling $47,462,135 to 15 states and one tribal government to establish new Veterans cemeteries and to expand or improve others. “VA is committed to helping state and tribal Veterans cemeteries meet national shrine standards and honor Veterans with dignified burials,” said Secretary of…

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Orbital awarded Air Force contract for EAGLE spacecraft platform

Posted  October 24, 2012

Orbital Sciences Corporation announced Oct. 24 that the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory Space Vehicles Directorate has awarded the company a $32 million contract to develop an experimental maneuverable spacecraft platform that will be capable of hosting multiple payloads and operating in low- and geosynchronous orbit. The five-year contract began in the third quarter of…

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Edwards F-35A completes first AIM-120 AMRAAM internal weapons release

Posted  October 24, 2012

An F-35A test aircraft, flown by U.S. Air Force Maj. Matthew Phillips, completed the first aerial weapons release of an AIM-120 AMRAAM (Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile) from a conventional takeoff and landing aircraft, Oct. 19. The aircraft, known as AF-1 and based at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., jettisoned the instrumented AIM-120 over the China…

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