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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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Panetta arrives in China for three-day visit

Posted  September 17, 2012

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta arrived in Beijing, China, Sept. 17 for a three-day visit after wrapping up a trip to Japan earlier in the day. Two senior defense officials traveling with the secretary briefed reporters traveling with Panetta on the secretary’s planned schedule for China. He will spend three days here instead of the…

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NASA selects advanced robotics projects for development

Posted  September 17, 2012

NASA has selected eight advanced robotics projects that will enable the agency’s future missions while supporting the Obama administration’s National Robotics Initiative. The projects, ranging from technologies for improving robotic planetary rovers to humanoid robotic systems, will support the development and use of robots for space exploration, as well as by manufacturers and businesses in…

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Air Force, NASA leaders review F-22 findings, fixes with congressional subcommittee

Posted  September 17, 2012

Air Force and NASA leaders testified Sept. 13 before the House Armed Services Committee's Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces about the F-22 Raptor.

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First planets found around sun-like stars in a cluster

Posted  September 17, 2012

NASA-funded astronomers have, for the first time, spotted planets orbiting sun-like stars in a crowded cluster of stars. The findings offer the best evidence yet planets can sprout up in dense stellar environments. Although the newfound planets are not habitable, their skies would be starrier than what we see from Earth. The starry-skied planets are…

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NATO transformation chief encourages ‘smart defense’ strategy

Posted  September 17, 2012

Despite fiscal challenges, NATO members should work together to develop the right capabilities to adapt to future challenges, NATO’s top transformation officer said in Washington, D.C., Sept. 17. At a Pentagon news conference, Gen. Stephane Abrial of the French air force, NATO’s supreme allied commander for transformation, encouraged the use of the alliance’s “Smart Defense”…

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U.S., Japan agree to add second radar installation

Posted  September 17, 2012

DOD photograph by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta walks with U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Salvatore A. Angelella, commander of U.S. Forces Japan, upon arriving in Tokyo, Sept. 16, 2012. Panetta is scheduled to visit with defense counterparts in Tokyo before traveling to Beijing and Auckland, New Zealand, during a week-long…

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Leaders to committee: Air Force on track for 2014 auditability deadline

Posted  September 17, 2012

Leaders from each armed service and the Defense Department testified Sept. 14 to the House Armed Services Committee about the DOD’s efforts to become auditable by 2014. The original auditable date was 2017, but Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta accelerated that goal in late 2011 by setting a DOD-wide 2014 deadline for audit readiness. “We…

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Northrop Grumman unveils fleet readiness app ReadyBlue(tm)

Posted  September 17, 2012

Northrop Grumman has unveiled ReadyBlue(tm), a mobile app able to give secure, real-time insight into aircraft readiness, fleet readiness and mission capability rates.

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Leaders look at Army of 2020 and beyond

Posted  September 17, 2012

As the Army transitions away from wartime commitments, what should the strategic focus be for future challenges?

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23 Of 28 Super Hercules For Dyess AFB

Posted  September 17, 2012

Lockheed Martin photograph by John Rossino Another C-130J Super Hercules was delivered to Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, from the Lockheed Martin facility in Marietta, Ga., Sept. 13. Flying the aircraft to Dyess was Brig. Gen. Lee K. Levy II, Director of Logistics, Headquarters Air Mobility Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill.

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