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Navy’s first F-35C squadron surpasses 1,000 flight hours

Air Force photograph by Samuel King Jr. An F-35C Lightning II aircraft piloted by Lt. Cmdr. Chris Tabert, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101, flies the squadron’s first local sortie. The F-35C is the carrier variant of the Joint Strike Fighter. VFA 101, based at Eglin Air Force Base, serves as the F-35C Fleet…

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Boeing South Carolina begins final assembly of its first 787-9 Dreamliner

Boeing has started final assembly of the 787-9 Dreamliner at its South Carolina facility. The team began joining large fuselage sections of the newest 787 Nov. 22 on schedule, a proud milestone for the South Carolina team and another sign of stability for the program. The North Charleston, S.C., site joins Boeing’s Everett, Wash., final…

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Ball Aerospace equips Orion mission with key avionics, antenna hardware

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. is providing the phased array antennas and flight test cameras to prime contractor Lockheed Martin for Orion's Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1), which is an unmanned test flight scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral, Fla.

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President announces Hagel’s resignation as defense secretary

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel shakes hands with President Barack Obama at the White House Nov. 24. The president announced that Hagel would resign his position as defense secretary. Praising Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s class and integrity, President Barack Obama announced Nov. 24 at the White House that Hagel will leave his post. The president said…

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SEWIP block upgrade program evaluated for LCS

The Navy is evaluating a scaled-down version of the Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program system for potential incorporation on future Littoral Combat Ships


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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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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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Northrop Grumman signs mentor-protege agreement With Juno Technologies

Posted  August 13, 2012

Northrop Grumman has signed a U.S. Department of Defense Mentor-Protégé agreement with Juno Technologies, a teammate on Northrop Grumman’s Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services program. CANES is the Navy’s effort to streamline and update shipboard networks to improve interoperability and affordability across the fleet. The mentor-protégé relationship was formalized during a signing ceremony on…

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Welsh ‘humbled’ to serve as Air Force chief of staff

Posted  August 13, 2012

The Air Force chief of staff flag passed to the service's 20th chief in a ceremony at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Aug. 10.

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Boeing opens new parts processing center in Oregon

Posted  August 12, 2012

Boeing celebrated Aug. 10 the opening of its new parts processing center and building expansion in Gresham, Ore., a suburb of Portland. Employing about 1,800 people, Boeing Portland is an ISO 14001-certified site that serves as the company’s Center of Excellence for complex machining, gear systems and flight controls. Elected officials and representatives from community…

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Air Force names 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year

Posted  August 12, 2012

Air Force officials have selected the service’s top enlisted members, naming the 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year for 2012, Air Force Personnel Center officials announced. An Air Force selection board at the Air Force Personnel Center considered 35 nominees who represented major commands; direct reporting units, field operating agencies and Headquarters Air Force. The…

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U.S. Army South, Colombian army along with 17 partner nations kick-off PANAMAX 2012

Posted  August 12, 2012

U.S. Army South, along with armed and security forces from 17 nations, has officially kicked-off the annual U.S. Southern Command sponsored Fuerzas Aliadas PANAMAX exercise, which will take place simultaneously in San Antonio, Miami, Suffolk, Va., and in Panama until August 17...

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