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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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Air Force leaders share space budget rollout

Posted  March 7, 2014

Space was the topic of discussion for Air Force leaders March 5, during on-going talks about the fiscal year 2015 budget at the Pentagon.

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Quadrennial Review’s focus is protecting homeland

Posted  March 7, 2014

Two countries that have long concerned the United States in terms of national security – North Korea and Iran – are mentioned first in the 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review, a document that a senior Defense Department official told reporters this week has a renewed emphasis on protecting the homeland. The congressionally mandated review of national…

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Chandra, XMM-Newton provide direct measurement of distant black hole’s spin

Posted  March 7, 2014

Astronomers have used NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and the European Space Agency’s XMM-Newton to show a supermassive black hole six billion light years from Earth is spinning extremely rapidly. This first direct measurement of the spin of such a distant black hole is an important advance for understanding how black holes grow over time. Black…

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Navy’s X-47B team receives prestigious aviation award

Posted  March 7, 2014

The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstration team was honored by Aviation Week and Space Technology magazine as a winner of the publication’s prestigious Laureate Awards during a ceremony held March 6 in Washington, D.C.

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Official encourages dialogue between Pentagon, industry

Posted  March 7, 2014

To ensure on-time, on-cost delivery of quality products and services to the warfighter, a Pentagon official encouraged clear and ongoing dialog between Defense Department decision-makers and industry leaders in a conference March 4. James Russell, acting director of the Defense Contract Management Agency, told participants in Aviation Week’s Defense Technologies and Requirements conference that finessing…

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Boeing, Hainan Airlines expand pilot training agreement

Posted  March 7, 2014

Boeing and Hainan Airlines have announced a five-year pilot training agreement today to support Hainan's recent introduction of the 787 Dreamliner to its fleet.

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News Briefs March 7, 2014

Posted  March 7, 2014

U.S. general pleads guilty to three counts in sex case A U.S. Army general accused of sexual assault is pleading guilty to three lesser charges, but maintains his innocence on five remaining counts. Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair pleaded March 6 in a military courtroom at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. His primary accuser is a…

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Headlines – March 7, 2014

Posted  March 7, 2014

News: DOD proposes revolutionary changes in retirement benefits - After years of silence on the intensely controversial issue of military retirement reform, the Pentagon on Thursday unveiled a detailed proposal for fundamental, far-reaching changes to the current pension system, Military Times has learned.  Senate rejects overhaul of military’s handling of sexual assaults - The Senate agreed March…

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DOD removes 20 areas from imminent danger pay list

Posted  March 10, 2014

The Department of Defense has removed 20 areas from its list of locations that qualify for imminent danger pay starting June 1, in a move that is expected to affect approximately 50,000 service members. DOD officials announced in January that service members in the 20 areas would no longer receive the additional imminent danger rate…

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Orbital introduces the GEOStar-3 commercial communications satellite platform

Posted  March 10, 2014

Orbital Sciences Corporation, one of the world’s leading space technology companies, March 10 introduced its GEOStar-3TM satellite platform, stating the program is now ready for delivery to commercial satellite operators on production schedules of 24 to 27 months.  The medium-class GEOStar-3 platform is an extension of Orbital’s highly successful small-class GEOStar-2 bus that has led…

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