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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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Lockheed Martin-led team studying feasibility of linking MDA, U.S. Army battle management systems

Posted  June 27, 2014

The Missile Defense National Team is conducting a feasibility study on connecting the Missile Defense Agency’s integrated command and control system with the U.S. Army’s Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System.  The team, which is led by Lockheed Martin, consists of Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Boeing, Raytheon, General Dynamics and other companies. This…

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Air Force awards new combat rescue helicopter contract

Posted  June 27, 2014

The Air Force awarded a $1.28 billion contract for the initial engineering and manufacturing development phase of the new combat rescue helicopter to Sikorsky Aircraft Company on June 26. The contract also includes procurement of the first four of the program’s planned 112 aircraft. “Over the last 10 years, the Air Force has discussed upgrading…

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News Briefs June 27, 2014

Posted  June 27, 2014

U.S. to disband anti-terror force in Philippines American and Filipino officials say the U.S. is disbanding an anti-terror task force composed of hundreds of elite military forces after more than a decade of helping fight al Qaeda-linked militants in the southern Philippines. Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin said June 26 that the Philippines has been notified…

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Headlines June 27, 2014

Posted  June 27, 2014

News: Pentagon assigns two-star general to oversee assessment in Iraq, a sign of task’s sensitivity - The U.S. military named a two-star general to head up the teams that have been sent to Iraq to determine what U.S. military assistance might help halt the advance of radical Islamist insurgents who’ve seized control of much of the…

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Veterans spend a day at the shooting range

Posted  June 30, 2014

Resident veterans from the William J. “Pete” Knight Veterans Home in Lancaster, Calif., participated in what has become the third annual target shoot event at the Mojave Elks Trap & Skeet Range, June 24.

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Retired NASA F-18 back on display at Lancaster baseball stadium

Posted  June 30, 2014

NASA photograph by Tom Tschida Looking like it’s ready to take flight once again, retired NASA F/A-18A No. 842 is back on exhibit in front of “The Hangar,” the Lancaster Municipal Stadium that is home to the Lancaster JetHawks California League baseball team. After a six-month absence, the retired NASA F/A-18A Hornet aircraft that served…

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Small Diameter Bomb II nears end of development phase

Posted  June 30, 2014

Raytheon and the U.S. Air Force concluded a series of flight tests for the Small Diameter Bomb II culminating in direct hits on stationary land targets. The successful tests further position the SDB II program to move from engineering, manufacturing, development phase to low rate initial production. Using upgraded hardware and electronics during extended periods…

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Towed glider benefits from center’s new 3-D printer capability

Posted  June 30, 2014

Robert "Red" Jensen of NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center's Subscale Aircraft Research Laboratory, had an engineering problem....

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VA announces $5 million in grants to aid homeless veterans with special needs

Posted  June 30, 2014

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced June 26 that it is making renewed funding available to 25 organizations in 11 states that provide transitional housing and supportive services to homeless Veterans with special needs. The Grant and Per Diem Program Special Need Grants – totaling $5 million to grantees – will allow the organizations to…

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CAP Squadron 84 visited by Dick Rutan

Posted  June 30, 2014

Edwards AFB Civil Air Patrol Composite Squadron 84 Cadets were visited by famous aviator Dick Rutan at their weekly meeting June 24.

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