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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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Fiscal year 2015 Army budget

Posted  March 7, 2014

Under the Army's fiscal year 2015 budget request, soldiers will receive a 1 percent pay increase as well as a basic allowance for housing increase of 1.5 percent and a 3.4 percent increase in basic allowance for subsistence.

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Raytheon receives $350 million SM-3 Block IB contract

Posted  March 7, 2014

The Missile Defense Agency has awarded Raytheon $350 million to increase its procurement of Standard Missile-3 Block IB missiles from 8 to 44. The SM-3 is designed to destroy incoming short-, medium-, and intermediate-range ballistic missile threats by colliding with them in space, a concept sometimes described as “hitting a bullet with a bullet.” The…

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President’s budget for DARPA aims to fund promising ideas, help regain prior levels

Posted  March 7, 2014

With an eye on the urgent need to develop breakthrough technologies for national security, the President’s requested budget of $2.915 billion in fiscal year 2015 for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency would allow the agency to pursue promising new ideas and help to restore some of the reductions in the agency’s budget from prior…

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Boosters For Orion’s launch vehicle arrive at Cape Canaveral

Posted  March 7, 2014

The Orion spacecraft has moved another step closer toward its first test flight as the core and starboard boosters for the United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket contracted by Lockheed Martin for that flight have arrived to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.

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New network technologies to support expeditionary signal battalions

Posted  March 7, 2014

In preparation for the Army's Network Integration Evaluation, or NIE, 14.2 this spring, the 86th Expeditionary Signal Battalion, or ESB, is training with new tactical communications equipment that is smaller in size for easy transport, yet significantly increases capability.

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Dassault Aviation bullish on future of Indian bizjet market

Posted  March 7, 2014

Dassault Aviation will present its Falcon fleet of large cabin, long range business jets at India Aviation, India’s biggest civilian air show. The fourth edition of this prestigious event, which opens on March 12 at Hyderabad Begumpet Airport, will feature Dassault’s 5,950 nautical mile-range Falcon 7X trijet, the first business jet certified with a fully-digital flight…

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ARL continues to expand body armor analysis work to protect soldiers

Posted  March 7, 2014

Army photograph Researchers from the U.S. Army Research Laboratory continue to expand body armor analysis work to protect soldiers – not only protecting their lives, but also their daily life functions after treatment and recovery. Shown here is Rebecca VanAmburg (left), who is assisted by Latrice Hall (right), determining the proper placement of hard armor…

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NASA’s Hubble telescope witnesses asteroid’s mysterious disintegration

Posted  March 7, 2014

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has recorded the never-before-seen break-up of an asteroid into as many as 10 smaller pieces. Fragile comets, comprised of ice and dust, have been seen falling apart as they near the sun, but nothing like this has ever before been observed in the asteroid belt. “This is a rock, and seeing…

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Program executive officer describes F-35 progress

Posted  March 7, 2014

Progress remains steady in the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter’s operational testing, reprogramming, fueling, and stand-up training, the F-35 program executive officer told an audience at Aviation Week’s Defense Technologies and Requirements Conference March 4. Air Force Lt. Gen. Christopher C. Bogdan said software development is a key factor as the program progresses. Software…

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Biosensors provide continuous war fighter monitoring for operational improvement

Posted  March 7, 2014

Even with rapid technological advancements in the modern warfighting environment, airmen remain the most important asset to the Air Force. Human performance augmentation is an emerging concept based on the ability to sense and assess human health status in real-time using wearable biosensors, and enhance war fighter performance before mission safety, efficiency, and outcome is…

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