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F-35 Rollout Marks U.S.-Australia Partnership Milestone

Lockheed Martin photograph by Beth Groom Royal Australian Air Force Air Marshal Geoff Brown delivers his remarks at the roll out ceremony for Australia’s first F-35. The official rollout of the first two F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter aircraft for the Royal Australian Air Force is a milestone in the U.S.-Australia partnership, the undersecretary…

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NASA’s Mars spacecraft maneuvers to prepare for close comet flyby

NASA is taking steps to protect its Mars orbiters, while preserving opportunities to gather valuable scientific data, as Comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring heads toward a close flyby of Mars Oct. 19.

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U.S. Forces display military might at Farnborough

Air Force photograph by A1C Erin O’Shea Capt. Tom Meyers discusses the F-15E Strike Eagle’s capabilities with spectators July 17, 2014, at the Farnborough International Airshow in England. Public access was granted for spectators to ask questions and observe the aircraft up-close with pilots and aircrew members. Meyers is a 494th Fighter Squadron F-15E instructor…

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Lockheed Martin’s unmanned cargo helicopter team returns from deployment

After lifting more than 4.5 million pounds of cargo and conducting thousands of delivery missions for the U.S. Marine Corps, the Lockheed Martin and Kaman Aerospace Corporation K-MAX cargo unmanned aircraft system has returned to the United States following a nearly three-year deployment in Afghanistan. In 2011, K-MAX became the first unmanned helicopter to deliver…

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Sun sets on Red Flag 14-3

Air Force photograph by A1C Thomas Spangler The sun sets behind a row of F-16 Fighting Falcons during Red Flag 14-3, July 16, 2014, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Red Flag provides a series of intense air-to-air combat scenarios for aircrew and ground personnel, which will in turn increase their combat readiness and effectiveness…


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Raytheon resumes work on U.S. Navy Air & Missile Defense Radar

Posted  January 13, 2014

Raytheon has received a resume work order from the U.S. Navy to commence development of the new Air and Missile Defense Radar. The order followed the official Government Accountability Office update of its database to reflect the status of the AMDR contract award protest as withdrawn. On October 10, 2013, Raytheon was awarded a $385,742,176…

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DARPA programs create new future for space, director says

Posted  January 13, 2014

Space is critical to understanding the planet and how the United States safeguards national security, but the costs and difficulties of reaching the domain have slowed U.S. effectiveness in space, the director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency said Jan. 13.

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Unmanned demo aircraft exceeds 10,000 combat flight hours

Posted  January 13, 2014

Navy photograph The Navyís unmanned RQ-4A Broad Area Maritime Surveillance Demonstrator (BAMS-D) surpassed 10,000 flight hours in December 2013 in support of operations in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. Now entering its sixth year of deployment, BAMS-D provides intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance support to the fleet and is†used to collect lessons learned for…

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Northrop Grumman’s Global Hawk boasts best safety record designation

Posted  January 13, 2014

Northrop Grumman photograph The U.S. Air Force RQ-4 Block 30 Global Hawk. Northrop Grumman’s Global Hawk Unmanned Aerial System has been designated as the platform with the best safety record in the U.S. Air Force in 2013. Detachment 1 of the 69 th Reconnaissance Group contributed to that designation as they maintained exceptional vigilance during…

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New secretary testifies to commission on total force

Posted  January 13, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) – The Air Force will rely more on its Air National Guard and Reserve components in the future with the aim to preserve more capabilities as the service seeks to reduce its personnel , the service’s top leader said Jan.9. In her first testimony as secretary of the Air Force, Deborah Lee James…

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News Briefs January 14, 2013

Posted  January 13, 2014

AM General recalling about 200 idled workers AM General plans to begin recalling about 200 idled workers next month at its northern Indiana assembly plants for military and commercial vehicles. AM General spokesman Jeff Adams said Jan. 11 in a statement that the employee recall “is in response to a previously planned foreign military order…

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Headlines – January 13, 2014

Posted  January 13, 2014

News: U.S. has deployed military advisers to Somalia, officials say - The U.S. military secretly deployed a small number of trainers and advisers to Somalia in October, the first time regular troops have been stationed in the war-ravaged country since 1993, when two helicopters were shot down and 18 Americans killed in the “Black Hawk Down”…

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NASA’s Commercial Crew Partners aim to capitalize, expand on 2013 successes in 2014

Posted  January 15, 2014

Several companies, working closely with NASA, ended 2013 with an impressive string of achievements to build on in 2014 as the American aerospace industry continues to develop and demonstrate commercial human spaceflight capabilities with the potential to support both commercial and government customers. The year will be pivotal for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program as the…

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VA offers $600 million to support services for homeless vet families

Posted  January 15, 2014

Veterans Affairs Department officials announced Jan. 14 the availability of about $600 million in grants through the Supportive Services for Veteran Families program for nonprofit organizations and consumer cooperatives that serve very low-income veteran families occupying permanent housing. “Those who have served our nation should never find themselves on the streets, living without hope,” VA…

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Raytheon delivers 3000th Tomahawk Block IV to US Navy

Posted  January 15, 2014

Raytheon has delivered the 3000th Tomahawk Block IV missile to the U.S. Navy as part of its ninth Block IV full-rate fiscal year 2012 production contract.  The U.S. Navy continues to purchase Tomahawk missiles via the fiscal 2013 budget, and negotiations are ongoing for next year’s production contract. The Block IV missile design was initiated…

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