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Composites key to tougher, lighter armaments

The Army is on the cusp of revolutionizing materials that go into armament construction, making for stronger, lighter and more durable weapons, Dr. Andrew Littlefield said.

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AAR awarded new contract from Bell Helicopter Textron to support T64 engines

AAR announced April 22 that Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. awarded its Defense Systems & Logistics business unit a contract providing warehouse and logistics services in support of upgrading T64 engines for the Bell V-280 Valor technical demonstrator aircraft.

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Last MC-130P Combat Shadows in the Pacific retire

The 17th Special Operations Squadron at Kadena Air Base, Japan, sent off the final two MC-130P Combat Shadows in the Pacific Air Forces to retire on April 15.

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F-22 test squadron recognizes decorated squadron member, Vietnam hero

Base leaders will always attest to the fact that people are what make Edwards AFB a unique place to work.

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NASA unveils celestial fireworks as official image for Hubble 25th Anniversary

The brilliant tapestry of young stars flaring to life resemble a glittering fireworks display in the 25th anniversary NASA Hubble Space Telescope image, released to commemorate a quarter century of exploring the solar system and beyond since its launch April 24, 1990.


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NASA’S Galex reveals the largest yet-known spiral galaxy

Posted  January 11, 2013

The spectacular barred spiral galaxy NGC 6872 has ranked among the biggest stellar systems for decades. Now a team of astronomers from the United States, Chile and Brazil has crowned it the largest-known spiral.

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Boeing 787 Dreamliner mishaps prompt FAA review

Posted  January 11, 2013

The Federal Aviation Administration is undertaking a comprehensive review of the critical systems of Boeing’s 787s, the aircraft maker’s newest and most technologically advanced plane, after a fire and a fuel leak earlier this week. The review will include the design, manufacture and assembly of those systems, the FAA said in a statement Jan. 11….

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U.K. military must do more on cost overruns

Posted  January 11, 2013

Britain’s defense ministry needs to set more realistic price and delivery forecasts for its largest equipment projects, a watchdog group said Thursday after finding cost overruns in the hundreds of millions of pounds and numerous deadlines pushed back. The National Audit Office’s report looked at Britain’s 16 largest military equipment projects and found costs have…

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Headlines: January 11, 2013

Posted  January 11, 2013

Business Boeing 787 Dreamliner faces review after mishaps Arms makers lament uncertainty, urge clarity to make investments Rolls-Royce hires lawyer Gold for internal ethics review International United Kingdom: MoD £6.6 billion over budget for major weapons projects that are running woefully late British Helmand veterans dispatched to defend Falklands Glock 17 9mm pistols replace Browning…

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Panetta: Fiscal crisis poses biggest immediate threat to DOD

Posted  January 11, 2013

DOD photograph by Erin Kirk-Cuomo Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, brief the press at the Pentagon, Jan. 10, 2013. Panetta and Dempsey discussed the effects of sequestration if it were to take effect at the end of March. The “perfect storm of…

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Lockheed Martin receives $755 million contract for production of PAC-3 missiles

Posted  January 11, 2013

Lockheed Martin has received a contract totaling $755 million from the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command for hardware and services associated with the combat-proven PATRIOT Advanced Capability-3 Missile Segment program. The contract includes fiscal year 2013 missile and command launch system production for the U.S. Army and a follow-on sale of the PAC-3 Missile…

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Memo tells DOD components to plan for budget uncertainties

Posted  January 11, 2013

Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter has released a memo directing the services and defense agencies to begin planning for possible upcoming budget challenges. The memo allows defense components to freeze civilian hiring, terminate temporary hires and reduce base operating funds. It also allows components to curtail travel, training and conferences and to curtail administrative…

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Commando II goes West

Posted  January 11, 2013

Lockheed Martin photograph by Andrew McMurtrie Lockheed Martin delivered an MC-130J Commando II to Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., Jan. 9. Aircraft 5713 is the fourteenth of 27 MC-130Js to be assigned to the Air Force Special Operations Command. The squadron uses the Commando II on missions such as in-flight refueling, infiltration/exfiltration, and aerial delivery…

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U.S. Air Force releases new ‘vision’ document

Posted  January 11, 2013

The Air Force released a new Vision document Jan. 10 outlining the force’s vision and way forward. “Focused on ‘Airmen, Mission, and Innovation,’ I believe this short document captures what today’s Air Force is all about and where I think we ought to focus on for tomorrow,” said Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark…

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Boeing to consolidate El Paso facilities, reduce workforce to ensure competitiveness

Posted  January 11, 2013

Boeing will consolidate its El Paso, Texas, facilities and reduce the workforce there by the end of 2014. The move is part of the company’s strategy to increase affordability for government customers and become more competitive in an increasingly global marketplace. The 370 workers at the site manufacture electronics for a variety of Boeing products….

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