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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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News Briefs – January 6, 2014

Posted  January 6, 2014

Florida space center home to secret spacecraft Kennedy Space Center will be the testing site for a top-secret Air Force space plane. Boeing is working on the spacecraft, and the company announced Jan. 3 that it will convert a former space shuttle building for the X-37B orbital test vehicle program. An undisclosed number of workers…

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Headlines – January 6, 2014

Posted  January 6, 2014

News: U.S. troops prevented from helping even as al Qaeda overruns Iraqi cities - The U.S. has inserted 200 troops in Iraq since 2012, but they cannot directly help the Iraqi military repel a surge of al Qaeda fighters, even as the country succumbs to sectarian violence and insurgents claim control of two key cities.  U.S….

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Residents at local vet home their retirement years

Posted  January 8, 2014

Lawrence Hawkins is a man on a mission; Hawkins is the supervising rehabilitation therapist at the William J. “Pete” Knight Veterans Home in Lancaster, Calif., and his mission is to offer retired American veterans the very best quality that life has to offer for those who live at the local home.

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Boeing, Israel Aerospace Industries’ Arrow 3 Interceptor successfully completes second flight test

Posted  January 8, 2014

The next-generation Arrow 3 interceptor, co-developed by Boeing and Israel Aerospace Industriesí MLM Division, has completed its second successful flight test, further demonstrating its ability to enhance Israelís multi-tier anti-ballistic missile defense strategy. Arrow 3 is the latest interceptor for the Arrow Weapon System jointly developed by Israel and the United States. It can be…

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Picatinny counters unmanned aircraft system threats

Posted  January 8, 2014

Army photograph by Eric Kowal A Small class Unmanned Aerial System defeated by a prototype U.S. Army “gun-launched” munition was on display before the Secretary of the Army John McHugh visited Picatinny Arsenal, N.J., in September. As the military use of unmanned aircraft systems has increased dramatically, including by entities that may pose a threat…

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NASA observatory selects educator teams for 2014 science flights

Posted  January 8, 2014

NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, or SOFIA, will become a flying classroom for teachers during research flights in the next few months. Twelve two-person teams have been selected for SOFIA’s Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors program, representing educators from 10 states. Each will be paired with a professional astronomer to observe first-hand how airborne infrared astronomy…

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Air Force, NASA to be featured at Outlook Conference

Posted  January 8, 2014

Maj. Gen. Arnold W. Bunch, Jr., commander of the Air Force Test Center, and David McBride, director of NASAís Dryden Flight Research Center, both at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., have accepted invitations from the Antelope Valley Board of Trade to address the Antelope Valley Business Outlook Conference. The 42nd annual conference will be held…

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NASA Dryden In 2013: Contributing to Aerospace Technology, Earth & Space Science

Posted  January 8, 2014

NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., helped advance the agency’s overall mission of Earth and space science and aerospace technology research as it continued supporting NASA's four mission areas during 2013.

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Recently reactivated NASA spacecraft spots its first new asteroid

Posted  January 8, 2014

NASA’s Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) spacecraft has spotted a never-before-seen asteroid – its first such discovery since coming out of hibernation last year. NEOWISE originally was called the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, which had made the most comprehensive survey to date of asteroids and comets. The spacecraft was shut down in 2011…

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B-52 upgrade to increase smart-weapons capacity

Posted  January 8, 2014

Airmen at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., will update ground maintenance and mission planning software in support of a new Air Force contract that will increase the B-52 Stratofortress's "smart-weapons" capacity by 50 percent.

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