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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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Ball Aerospace ships first James Webb Space Telescope mirrors to NASA

Posted  September 19, 2012

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. began the process of shipping the finished NASA James Webb Space Telescope mirrors to Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md. Sept. 14, 2012. Ball Aerospace, under contract to Northrop Grumman, is responsible for the Webb’s optical technology and lightweight mirror system. Two of the 18 beryllium primary mirror segments that…

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NASA telescopes spy ultra-distant galaxy amidst cosmic ‘dark ages’

Posted  September 19, 2012

With the combined power of NASA’s Spitzer and Hubble space telescopes, as well as a cosmic magnification effect, astronomers have spotted what could be the most distant galaxy ever seen. ight from the young galaxy captured by the orbiting observatories first shone when our 13.7-billion-year-old universe was just 500 million years old. The far-off galaxy…

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DOD, VA to fund $100 million PTSD, TBI study

Posted  September 19, 2012

The Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs are investing more than $100 million in research to improve diagnosis and treatment of mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. “At VA, ensuring that our Veterans receive quality care is our highest priority,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric K. Shinseki. “Investing in…

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Pratt & Whitney selected for funding for U.S. Air Force AETD program

Posted  September 19, 2012

Pratt & Whitney, a unit of United Technologies Corp., has been selected for funding by the Air Force Research Laboratory for the Adaptive Engine Technology Development program. The AETD program is an initiative by the AFRL Propulsion Directorate to mature critical fuel-burn reduction technologies and engine design features that could transition into legacy and next…

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News Briefs – September 18, 2012

Posted  September 18, 2012

Centcom in Florida to become standalone headquarters   Military authorities are designating the U.S. Marine Corps Forces Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., as a standalone headquarters. An event is planned for Monday. This means that the command – known as MARCENT – will be led by three-star general Lt. Gen. Robert B….

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Donley talks sequestration, explains AF budget plans

Posted  September 18, 2012

Air Force photograph by Scott M. Ash Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley discusses the service’s budget strategy during his address at the Air Force Association’s Air and Space Conference and Technology Exposition in Washington, D.C., Sept. 17, 2012. During his keynote remarks at the conferenc, Donley discussed the threat of sequestration and its…

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Dempsey, Turks discuss regional issues

Posted  September 18, 2012

The paving stones on the Road of Lions leading to Mustafa Kemal Ataturk’s mausoleum are purposely placed about three inches apart so those who approach it have to think about where they are. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey walked the Road of Lions to place a memorial wreath at the tomb of the man who…

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Boeing, AEL link cockpit simulators in U.S., Brazil

Posted  September 18, 2012

Boeing last month linked one of its advanced fighter cockpit simulators in St. Louis with a simulator more than 5,000 miles away in Porto Alegre, Brazil, demonstrating the effectiveness of sharing advanced situational awareness and training technologies between the United States and Brazil. The simulation, which also involved Elbit Systems’ Brazilian subsidiary, AEL Sistemas S.A.,…

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Welsh: ‘The only way to move forward is together’

Posted  September 18, 2012

The active-duty Air Force, its Reserve and the Air National Guard must work together to move forward, the chief of staff of the Air Force said in Reno, Nev., last week. “I have trouble seeing lines between components of services, because I believe on the air side we have an Air Force – it has…

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Northrop Grumman, AgustaWestland team up to compete for Air Force combat rescue helicopter, ‘Marine One’

Posted  September 18, 2012

Northrop Grumman and AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, have signed a comprehensive teaming agreement to respond to anticipated requests for both the new U.S. Air Force Combat Rescue Helicopter and the U.S. Navy’s recently announced program to develop a new “Marine One” presidential helicopter. A U.S.-built helicopter based on the AW101 platform will be offered by…

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