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Navy’s first F-35C squadron surpasses 1,000 flight hours

Air Force photograph by Samuel King Jr. An F-35C Lightning II aircraft piloted by Lt. Cmdr. Chris Tabert, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101, flies the squadron’s first local sortie. The F-35C is the carrier variant of the Joint Strike Fighter. VFA 101, based at Eglin Air Force Base, serves as the F-35C Fleet…

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Boeing South Carolina begins final assembly of its first 787-9 Dreamliner

Boeing has started final assembly of the 787-9 Dreamliner at its South Carolina facility. The team began joining large fuselage sections of the newest 787 Nov. 22 on schedule, a proud milestone for the South Carolina team and another sign of stability for the program. The North Charleston, S.C., site joins Boeing’s Everett, Wash., final…

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Ball Aerospace equips Orion mission with key avionics, antenna hardware

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. is providing the phased array antennas and flight test cameras to prime contractor Lockheed Martin for Orion's Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1), which is an unmanned test flight scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral, Fla.

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President announces Hagel’s resignation as defense secretary

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel shakes hands with President Barack Obama at the White House Nov. 24. The president announced that Hagel would resign his position as defense secretary. Praising Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s class and integrity, President Barack Obama announced Nov. 24 at the White House that Hagel will leave his post. The president said…

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SEWIP block upgrade program evaluated for LCS

The Navy is evaluating a scaled-down version of the Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program system for potential incorporation on future Littoral Combat Ships


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DOD wraps climate change response into master plans

Posted  November 27, 2013

The effects of climate change are already evident at Defense Department installations in the United States and overseas, and DOD expects climate change to challenge its ability to fulfill its mission in the future, according to the first DOD Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap. John Conger, the acting deputy undersecretary of defense for installations and environment…

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Headlines November 27, 2013

Posted  November 27, 2013

News: Rules of engagement limit the actions of U.S. troops, drones in Afghanistan – The new U.S.-Afghanistan security agreement adds restrictions on already bureaucratic rules of engagement for American troops by making Afghan dwellings virtual safe havens for the enemy, combat veterans say. NASA under fire for bonus payments to contractors – The internal watchdog for NASA…

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News Briefs November 27, 2013

Posted  November 27, 2013

Groups press EPA on Kirtland fuel spill cleanup Two New Mexico citizen groups are repeating demands for the federal Environmental Protection Agency to conduct an independent review of the Kirtland Air Force Base groundwater contamination. The Albuquerque Journal reports that the Albuquerque-based Citizen Action and the environmental group Amigos Bravos sent a letter last week…

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U.S. Navy accepts MUOS-2 satellite, ground stations after Lockheed Martinís successful testing

Posted  December 2, 2013

ULA photograph A United Launch Alliance Atlas V launches with MUOS-2 satellite July 19, 2013. Lockheed Martin has completed on-orbit testing of the second Mobile User Objective System satellite and handed over spacecraft operations to the U.S. Navy. †The handover also includes acceptance of three MUOS ground stations that will relay voice and high-speed data…

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NASA taps student teams to simulate human exploration of other worlds

Posted  December 2, 2013

NASA is debuting a new engineering design challenge to engage students worldwide in the next phase of human space exploration. The NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge is a more complex follow-on to the successful NASA Great Moonbuggy Race. The competition is open to high school and college students and challenges them to create a vehicle…

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World’s largest military aviation museum ready to build new addition

Posted  December 2, 2013

The world's largest military aviation museum is about to get bigger.

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Last ‘new’ Phantom returns to service

Posted  December 2, 2013

Air Force photograph by SrA. Christopher Reel The final, of 314 QF-4s produced since 1998, landed at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. Nov. 19. It will be used as an unmanned-full-scale-aerial target during training exercises. The 82nd Aerial Target Squadron received the last of the “new” QF-4 aerial targets†as the Vietnam-era aircraft landed at Tyndall…

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U.S. Navy deploys Standard Missile-6 for first time

Posted  December 2, 2013

The U.S. Navy is deploying Raytheon’s Standard Missile-6 for the first time, marking the initial operational capability milestone for the U.S. Navy’s newest, most advanced extended range area defense weapon. “We’re very pleased to achieve initial operational capability on schedule,” said Capt. Mike Ladner, Surface Ship Weapons major program manager. “The SM-6, with its ability…

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First P-8A Poseidons report for duty

Posted  December 2, 2013

The Navy's newest, most advanced maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft, the P-8A Poseidon, arrived in Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan for its inaugural deployment Dec. 1.

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Apache ‘Guardian’ wins praise from pilots

Posted  December 2, 2013

The newest model of the Apache helicopter, the AH-64E Apache Guardian, was delivered to Soldiers in January. Since that time, pilots of 1st Squadron, 229th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, have had nothing but praise for it, said Lt. Col. John P. “Pat” Davis, the battalion commander, who said the pilots flew the helicopter during a period…

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