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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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Arc Light marked beginning of B-52 involvement in Vietnam

Posted  December 19, 2012

By 1972, the war in Vietnam had persisted for more than eight years, characterized by a gradual, but massive buildup of U.S. forces. That massive buildup began in April 1965, with the highly-publicized event of U.S. Marines wading out of the sea and onto the beaches of Da Nang, South Vietnam. Concurrent to this, and…

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Lockheed Martin announces innovation contest winners

Posted  December 19, 2012

Lockheed Martin announced Dec. 18 five winners from the company’s “Innovate the Future” challenge for creative ideas on how to enable a more secure future for the planet. Thousands of people from more than 130 countries took part in the challenge, sharing and collaborating on ideas related to areas such as cyber security, healthcare, and…

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Boeing, FedEx Express announce order for four 767 Freighters

Posted  December 19, 2012

Boeing and FedEx Express, a wholly owned subsidiary of FedEx Corp., Dec. 19 announced an order for four 767 Freighters. The order is part of FedEx’s initiative to modernize its fleet. “These additional 767 orders will help accelerate our fleet modernization program as we replace our aging MD-10 freighter fleet,” said James R. Parker, FedEx…

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NASA’s Grail lunar impact site named for astronaut Sally Ride

Posted  December 19, 2012

NASA has named the site where twin agency spacecraft impacted the moon Dec. 17 in honor of the late astronaut, Sally K. Ride, who was America’s first woman in space and a member of the probes’ mission team. Last Friday, Ebb and Flow, the two spacecraft comprising NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission,…

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Boeing, Embraer collaborate on runway safety for customers

Posted  December 19, 2012

Boeing and Embraer S.A. announced Dec. 18 that they will provide customers with a shared set of tools, called Runway Situation Awareness Tools, to reduce runway excursions. This further strengthens the collaboration between two of the world’s largest aerospace companies. To significantly reduce runway excursions in the near term, Boeing and Embraer will provide customers…

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‘Fiscal Cliff’ threatens defense strategy, Panetta says

Posted  December 19, 2012

The year-old defense strategy Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta helped put in place last January faces two major risks, he said Dec. 18: stress on the force, and a political system “that is depriving the department of the budget certainty we need … to plan for the future.” Speaking at the National Press Club here,…

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NASA’s next-generation communications satellite arrives at Kennedy

Posted  December 19, 2012

NASA’s newest Tracking and Data Relay Satellite, known as TDRS-K, arrived Dec. 18 at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida in preparation for a Jan. 29 launch. TDRS-K arrived aboard a U.S. Air Force C-17 from the Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems assembly facility in El Segundo, Calif. For almost 30 years, the TDRS…

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‘Wreaths Across America’ honors fallen service members

Posted  December 19, 2012

As thousands of volunteers fanned out at Arlington National Cemetery, Va., this past weekend, placing holiday wreaths at the white headstones as part of the “Wreaths Across America” tribute, Sheila Patton kept vigil at one particular gravesite. Patton and her daughter stationed themselves at the grave of their son and brother, Army Staff Sgt. James…

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Posted  December 17, 2012

Tech News   NASA to test space-sleep colour-changing lights;     NASA to test space-sleep color-changing lights;     Has World War II carrier pigeon message been cracked?;     International News   United Kingdom Ministry of Defence to sell part of its radio spectrum;     British troops ‘most vulnerable’ during Afghan withdrawal;  …

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Vice President of Integrated Mission Systems for the Defense Systems division

Posted  December 17, 2012

Northrop Grumman photograph Jack Dorsett, vice president of Integrated Mission Systems for the Defense Systems division for Northrop Grumman Corporation’s Information Systems sector.

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