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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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SpaceX Launch to International Space Station Reset for March 30

Posted  March 24, 2014

SpaceX has confirmed it will target its next cargo mission launch to the International Space Station from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, for 10:50 p.m., EDT, March 30. NASA Television launch coverage begins at 9:45 p.m. for the company’s third contracted resupply mission to the orbital laboratory. A post-launch news conference will follow…

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U.S. senator wants decision on Afghan troop levels

Posted  March 24, 2014

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) _ A U.S. senator leading a bipartisan delegation to Afghanistan called on President Barack Obama March 22 to announce a decision on his plans for future troop levels in the country on the assumption a much-delayed security pact eventually will eventually be signed with Kabul. During a visit to Afghanistan, Sen. Kelly…

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General Dynamics mission system continues to power Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship

Posted  March 24, 2014

The U.S Navy christened its newest Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship, the future USS Jackson (LCS 6), at the Austal shipyard in Mobile, Ala., March 22. As systems integrator on the Austal USA-led team, General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems is continuing to apply its proven open architecture and open business model approach to the LCS program….

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From ’1984′ to 2025: Army, industry focus on next-generation network

Posted  March 24, 2014

Thirty years ago, Apple introduced the Macintosh computer with a splashy Super Bowl commercial and the bold promise that information technology could change the world - if it was easy to use and accessible by all.

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Millennium Space Systems opens new 70,000 square-foot headquarters

Posted  March 24, 2014

Millennium Space Systems executives, employees, business partners, and government officials March 24 celebrated the opening of the company’s “Factory of the New Millennium,” in El Segundo, Calif. The 70,000 square-foot facility will accommodate all of Millennium’s satellite engineering, manufacturing and mission operations activities in addition to 12,000 square-feet of dedicated SCIF space. Strategically located adjacent…

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Airmen arrive for partnership event in Angola

Posted  March 24, 2014

More than 20 U.S. Air Force airmen arrived in Luanda, Angola, last week to participate in African Partnership Flight, cohosted by Angola and the U.S. This year airmen from the Angolan air force; Zambian air force; and U.S. Airmen from U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa, the 818th Mobility Support Advisory Squadron,…

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Northrop Grumman, U.S. Navy complete initial flight testing of Triton UAS

Posted  March 24, 2014

Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Navy have successfully completed the first major milestone of the Triton unmanned aircraft system flight test program, clearing the aircraft to fly at various altitudes, speeds and weights.

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News Briefs March 24, 2014

Posted  March 24, 2014

Syria says Turkey shoots down Syrian warplane A Syrian military spokesman says Turkey’s armed forces have shot down a Syrian warplane near the countries’ border, and called the act a “blatant aggression.” The unnamed spokesman was quoted by Syrian state TV as saying the plane was downed March 23 in Syrian airspace as it was…

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Headlines March 24, 2014

Posted  March 24, 2014

Business: Lockheed Martin F-35’s software delayed, GAO says - Delays in testing critical software for Lockheed Martin’s F-35 jet are threatening to delay the Pentagon’s most expensive weapon and boost development costs, according to congressional investigators.  Boeing U.S. tanker program seen $1 billion over budget - The U.S. Air Force on Friday estimated that Boeing’s development of…

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New crew launches to space station to continue scientific research

Posted  March 26, 2014

NASA photograph by Joel Kowsky The Soyuz TMA-12M rocket launches from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 (local time) carrying Expedition 39 Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov of the Russian Federal Space Agency, Roscosmos, Flight Engineer Steven Swanson of NASA, and Flight Engineer Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos to the International Space Station. Three…

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