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Air Force certifies SpaceX for national security space missions

Lt. Gen. Samuel Greaves, commander of the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center and Air Force program executive officer for space, has announced the certification of Space Exploration Technologies Corporation's Falcon 9 Launch System for national security space missions.

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Boeing awarded first-ever commercial human spaceflight mission

NASA issued a task order as part of Boeing’s $4.2 billion Commercial Crew Transportation Capability contract recently to include the company’s first-ever service flight to the International Space Station. The award marks the first time in human spaceflight history NASA has contracted with a commercial company for a human spaceflight mission. This occasion will go…

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Army’s mid-tier radio advances battlefield network

With vehicles that are equipped with a new high-bandwidth networking radio, soldiers can move across the battlefield, rapidly exchanging mission-critical voice messages, images and video with their commanders.

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Human-robot teams compete June 5 at DARPA finals

In eight days, 25 human-robot teams will compete on the rubble-strewn field of a mock disaster, the robots driving cars, using tools and communicating with their human partners over degraded communication links, just like in a real disaster.

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Excellence in Aviation banquet set for June 13

The Flight Test Historical Foundation’s 5th annual Excellence in Aviation Awards banquet is 6 p.m., June 13 in the Grand Ballroom of the Proud Bird Restaurant, 11022 Aviation Boulevard, Los Angeles. Tickets are $100 and funds raised will be used for the restoration of aircraft in the Flight Test Museum’s inventory as well as towards…


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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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Air Force announces KC-46A candidate bases

Posted  January 11, 2013

The Air Force announced Altus Air Force Base, Okla., and McConnell AFB, Kansas, as candidate bases for the KC-46A formal training unit Jan. 9. Altus AFB, Fairchild AFB, Wash., Grand Forks AFB, N.D., and McConnell AFB, are candidate bases for the first active-duty led KC-46A main operating base (MOB 1). Forbes Air Guard Station, Kansas,…

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