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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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World

News Briefs – August 13, 2012

Posted  August 13, 2012

Northrop Grumman to cut 35 jobs in Colorado Northrop Grumman says it expects to lay off 35 employees in Lafayette, Colo., Sept. 4, when it ends its internal service desk operations there. The Daily Camera reports the Falls Church, Va.,-based security and defense firm told Colorado officials of its plans in a notice in June….

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New DIA director expects intensified demands for intelligence

Posted  August 13, 2012

The new director of the Defense Intelligence Agency is approaching his dream job with eyes wide open, valuing people over technology and expecting a future that holds more intense demands for intelligence. Army Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn became DIA director July 24, as well as commander of the collocated joint functional component command for…

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Veterans

California sues major veterans charity

Posted  August 13, 2012

California’s attorney general has sued a major veterans charity on allegations that its directors misused millions of dollars in private donations for hefty pensions and other perks, including more than $80,000 in golf memberships for its board members. Help Hospitalized Veterans of Winchester ranks among the nation’s top 1 percent of charities for the amount…

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Division West soldiers test new technology to defeat IEDs

Posted  August 13, 2012

Military combat engineers and civilian technical experts gathered here recently to conduct a series of experiments aimed at providing soldiers with new technology in the counter-improvised explosive device fight.

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Ball Aerospace incorporates enhanced data communication for JPSS-1 satellite

Posted  August 13, 2012

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. will incorporate essential data communication enhancements for the Joint Polar Satellite System, currently under development for an early 2017 launch.

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Business

Army certifies soldiers ready to defend battlespace against missiles, swarming boats with JLENS

Posted  August 13, 2012

Combatant commanders have moved one step closer to being able to detect, track and engage threats such as swarming boats and incoming cruise missiles, around the clock, from hundreds of miles away. In June 2012, the first class of U.S. Army soldiers completed mission operator training on the Raytheon JLENS elevated, persistent over-the-horizon sensor system….

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High readiness key to deter North Korean threats

Posted  August 13, 2012

Maintaining a high state of military readiness is imperative to deterring North Korean threats in the region, the 8th U.S. Army's deputy...

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NASA Curiosity Mars rover installing smarts for driving

Posted  August 13, 2012

NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity spent its first weekend on Mars transitioning to software better suited for tasks ahead, such as driving and using its strong robotic arm. The rover’s “brain transplant,” occurred during a series of steps Aug. 10 through Aug. 13, installed a new version of software on both of the rover’s redundant main…

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Health & Safety

Bill would expand fertility coverage for veterans

Posted  August 13, 2012

The roadside bomb that exploded outside Andrew Robinson’s Humvee in Iraq six years ago broke the Marine staff sergeant’s neck and left him with collapsed lungs – and without use of his legs. It also cast doubt on his ability to father a child, a gnawing emotional wound for a then-23-year-old who envisioned starting a…

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Navy marks milestone production of key aircraft computer system

Posted  August 13, 2012

The Navy and industry partner General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems marked the milestone production of a key computer system...

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