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U.S. Navy, Lockheed Martin ready to launch MUOS-4 Aug. 31

The U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin are ready to launch the fourth Mobile User Objective System secure communications satellite, MUOS-4, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Aug. 31 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.

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Arming the RPAs

Airmen from the 62nd Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron provide every munition that is loaded onto an MQ-1B Predator or MQ-9 Reaper at Kandahar Airfield; without them, the RPAs wouldn’t be able to provide combat airpower in Afghanistan.

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Local efforts help keep Dragon Lady flying at 60

In 1955, Disneyland opened its doors for the first time, Elvis made his first TV appearance, Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white passenger, and the Vietnam War began with fighting between the South and North Vietnam Armies.

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U.S. Navy awards production contract for additional P-8A aircraft, first RAAF planes

The U.S. Navy awarded a nearly $1.5 billion contract Aug. 27 to Boeing Defense, Space & Security for the procurement of 13 Full-Rate Production Lot 2 P-8A Poseidon aircraft.

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A-4 Skyhawks support F-35 operational testing

Courtesy photograph by Frank Crebas Pictured from top down is an F-35 Lightning II, an F-16 Fighting Falcon and an A-4 Skyhawk. In support of an operational test exercise for their F-35s, the Royal Netherlands Air Force contingent at Edwards brought in six A-4s from Draken International, six F-16s from the 162nd Fighter Wing, Arizona…


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News Briefs February 19, 2014

Posted  February 19, 2014

Captured U.S. soldiers family cautiously optimistic The parents of the only known U.S. prisoner of war say they are ìcautiously optimisticî about reported renewed efforts to win his freedom. U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was captured more than four years ago in Afghanistan and is believed to be held in Pakistan. The Washington Post reported…

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Headlines – February 19, 2014

Posted  February 19, 2014

News:  ‘Unfunded’ lists reveal fissures between HASC leaders – The return of a budget tactic that was banned by former Defense Secretary Bob Gates shows just how politicized Pentagon spending issues have become.  Senior HASC lawmaker Forbes presses Navy on UCLASS requirements – A member of Congress, Rep. Randy Forbes, is so concerned about a new Navy…

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Conferences and Events – March 2014

Posted  February 20, 2014

March 1-2 – UK SEDS National Student Space Conference, Leicester, United Kingdom   March 1-2 – Meeting 4: Guidance for NSF on National Ocean Science Research Priorities: Decadal Survey for Ocean Sciences, Honolulu, Hawaii   March 1-8 – 2014 IEEE Aerospace Conference, Big Sky, Mont.   March 3-5 – National Research Council’s Space Science Week,…

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Business

DRS wins supplier excellence award from Northrop Grumman

Posted  February 21, 2014

DRS Technologies Inc., a Finmeccanica Company, was among 24 suppliers selected from more than 5,000 to win an award for excellence from the Northrop Grumman Corporation. DRS’s C4ISR business group was recognized for providing outstanding support on a challenging and sensitive program with high visibility from Northrop’s Information Systems sector. The DRS team maintained a…

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Hagel orders revamp of POW/MIA effort

Posted  February 21, 2014

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered the undersecretary of defense for policy to develop a plan to reorganize the departments POW/MIA accounting effort, Pentagon press secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said Feb. 20. Hagel issued a memo directing Michael Lumpkin, the acting undersecretary, to develop a plan within 30 days to increase to the…

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Saabs Carl-Gustaf man-portable weapon system selected as standard issue for U.S. Army

Posted  February 21, 2014

Defense and security company Saab’s man-portable weapon system Carl-Gustaf has been chosen by the U.S. Department of the Army to be a Program of Record within the U.S. Army. This means that the world leading shoulder fired weapon system, with a long service record with the U.S. Special Operations Forces, will now become standard issue…

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GPS IIF-5 successfully launched from Cape Canaveral AFS

Posted  February 21, 2014

The U. S. Air Force officials successfully launched the fifth Global Positioning System IIF satellite carried aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta IV launch vehicle at 8:59 p.m., EST, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Feb. 20.

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John S. Rego joins Virgin Galactic as new CFO

Posted  February 21, 2014

MOJAVE, Calif. ñ Feb. 18, Virgin Galactic, the worlds first commercial spaceline, announced John S. Rego has joined the company as its new Chief Financial Officer. Rego brings nearly three decades of finance, accounting and operations experience to the commercial space company. As CFO, Rego will provide overall strategic and operational direction to Virgin Galactics…

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Hubble watches stars’ clockwork motion in nearby galaxy

Posted  February 21, 2014

Using the sharp-eyed NASA Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have for the first time precisely measured the rotation rate of a galaxy based on the clock-like movement of its stars. According to their analysis, the central part of the neighboring galaxy, called the Large Magellanic Cloud, completes a rotation every 250 million years. It takes our…

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2014 AFA symposium begins

Posted  February 21, 2014

Air Force photograph by Scott M. Ash German Air AttachÈ and Assistant Defense AttachÈ Col. Bernhard Altensberger answers a question during the panel discussion, “Growing Partnerships,” during the 30th Annual AFA Air Warfare Symposium and Technology Exposition, in Orlando, Fla., Feb. 20, 2014. Altensberger shared the panel with Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for…

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