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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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NASA aircraft to fly over Los Angeles area Aug. 25

Posted  August 23, 2012

NASA, in cooperation with the Federal Aviation Administration, will conduct training and photographic flights over the Los Angeles area Aug. 25. Two NASA jets, a T-38 and an F-18, will fly approximately 1,500 feet above Los Angeles starting at 8 a.m., PDT. If delayed by weather or other circumstances, the jets will fly at 12:30…

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Solution to weapon development problem: HALO, Mass Effect

Posted  August 23, 2012

Picatinny manager David Musgrave seeks more data on how the M109 Paladin is used in the field, information that would help engineers improve the system. David Musgrave is a man with a problem. His latest project is undergoing field testing and he’s just not getting the data he wants on how the weapon system he…

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Two NAWCWD chemists earn Navy’s top scientist award

Posted  August 23, 2012

Two chemists at the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, China Lake, Calif., recently accepted a 2011 Assistant Secretary of the Navy Research, Development and Acquisition Dr. Delores M. Etter Top Scientists and Engineers of the Year Award for their technical advancements in the field of renewable energy....

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Events

Congressman hosts academy information night

Posted  August 23, 2012

Congressman Howard “Buck” McKeon is hosting a Service Academy Information Night 7 p.m., Sept. 12 at the College of the Canyons University Center. Anyone aged 17-21 who is interested in attending one of the service academies and who lives in California’s 25th Congressional District should plan on attending. This meeting is for academy classes starting…

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DCS wins ACCESS task order supporting Global Hawk international programs

Posted  August 23, 2012

DCS Corp. has been awarded a task order to provide advisory and assistance services for Global Hawk International Programs (Global Hawk Foreign Military Sale) under the U.S. Air Force’s Acquisition of Consolidated Enterprise Support Services contract. Work on the Global Hawk FMS task order will occur over a three-year period and is valued at approximately…

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Fund helps Pentagon add clinics for veteran care

Posted  August 23, 2012

Faced with tighter budgets after the Iraq War but still in charge of treating tens of thousands of injured troops, the military is getting a hand from a private foundation that is building medical centers specializing in the signature physical and psychological injuries of Iraq and Afghanistan. The Pentagon has a partnership with the Intrepid…

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AFA’s 2012 Air & Space Conference upholds Air Force heritage

Posted  August 23, 2012

In the pre-dawn hours of June 25, 1950, six columns of North Korean forces stormed across the 38th parallel into South Korea. Ninety thousand communist troops augmented by armored columns and close air support rapidly overwhelmed South Korean soldiers. The newly-created U.S. Air Force swung into action, and by June 27, an F-82 crew claimed…

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Ball Aerospace leads green propellant technology demo mission for NASA

Posted  August 23, 2012

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has been awarded a contract from NASA to lead a government-industry team in the demonstration of an alternative fuel option for future space vehicles. The Ball team will develop and fly the Green Propellant Infusion Mission to demonstrate a high-performance, non-toxic fuel alternative to conventional hydrazine. The mission will demonstrate…

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News Briefs – August 22, 2012

Posted  August 23, 2012

Obama: Military budget deal unlikely by November   President Barack Obama says he doesn’t believe Congress can reach a deal before the November elections that avoids deep cuts in military spending, but says he is optimistic that reductions won’t occur. Obama says he has made sure that service members don’t lose pay or benefits and…

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News Briefs – August 21, 2012

Posted  August 21, 2012

USS Constitution sets sail again in Boston Harbor   The 215-year-old USS Constitution has sailed for the first time since 1997, taking a 17-minute cruise across Boston Harbor. The short trip Aug. 19 was to commemorate the Navy ship’s victory over a British warship of a similar size in a fierce battle during the War…

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