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First operational F-35As arrive at Hill AFB

The Air Force ushered in a new era of combat air power Sept. 2 as Hill Air Force Base, Utah, received the service’s first two operational F-35As. Hill’s active duty 388th Fighter Wing and Reserve 419th Fighter Wing will be the first combat-coded units to fly and maintain the Air Force’s newest fifth-generation fighter aircraft….

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High Desert Hangar Stories with Bob Alvis

Mach 1: the story has been told thousands of times of Chuck Yeager and that special day over Muroc, when the first sonic booms rattled windows. But sitting in church this morning, I looked over to a lady and her son who have a different take on that historical achievement.

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U-2 celebrating 60 years

Lockheed Martin is celebrating 60 years of the U-2 program with festivities planned throughout the company. “It’s not a 60-year old aircraft, it is a 60-year old program that is still going strong,” said Melani Austin, U-2 Program Director at Skunk Works, Palmdale, Calif., during a recent press tour. “We have people that have started…

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United Launch Alliance successfully launches U.S. Navy’s MUOS-4

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying the fourth Mobile User Objective System satellite for the U.S. Navy launched from Space Launch Complex-41 at 6:18 a.m., EDT, Sept. 2 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The MUOS-4 spacecraft will bring advanced, new, global communications capabilities to mobile military forces, as well as ensure…

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F-22 inaugural deployment to Europe

Four F-22 Raptors, one C-17 Globemaster III, and approximately 60 airmen arrived at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, to train with allied air forces and U.S. services through mid-September.


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New ARL thermoelectric technology, approaches to reclaim wasted energy

Posted  October 18, 2012

In one of its latest research projects, the U.S. Army Research Laboratory is investigating thermoelectric properties of materials on the Shadow Tactical Unmanned Aerial System, and techniques that could convert heat into energy.

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News Briefs – October 17, 2012

Posted  October 17, 2012

Tribe wants part of contaminated rocket lab   A California tribe wants part of the contaminated Santa Susana Field Lab where rocket engines were tested at the dawn of the Space Age. Boeing owns the majority of the 2,850-acre former Rocketdyne testing facility near Simi Valley where there was a partial nuclear meltdown in 1959….

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Lockheed Martin completes F-35 full mission simulator installation at Yuma

Posted  October 17, 2012

Lockheed Martin has marked the completion of the first F-35 Lightning II Full Mission Simulators at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz. The air station will be home to the first operational Marine Corps F-35 squadrons worldwide. Two of six planned Joint Strike Fighter FMS systems have been installed on site. The FMS installation and…

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Navy awards General Dynamics $459 million for nuclear-submarine support work

Posted  October 17, 2012

The U.S. Navy has awarded a $459 million contract modification to General Dynamics Electric Boat to provide planning yard work and engineering and technical support for nuclear submarines. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics. Under the terms of this award, Electric Boat will provide design, engineering and logistics support and research…

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Army awards Northrop Grumman contract to Modernize Joint Tactical Ground Station

Posted  October 17, 2012

Northrop Grumman Corporation has received a $31.2 million contract from the U.S. Army to modernize the Joint Tactical Ground Station and improve the war fighter’s theater missile warning capability. The pre-planned product improvement contract includes initial development with several optional production and sustainment efforts expected to continue through 2022. “Northrop Grumman has a longstanding relationship…

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U.S. partners with Israel for Exercise Austere Challenge

Posted  October 17, 2012

More than 3,500 American service members will join with Israeli allies for Exercise Austere Challenge 2012 in Israel next week, U.S. and Israeli officials said Oct. 17. The exercise will be conducted throughout Israel and off-shore, U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Craig A. Franklin and Israel Defense Forces Brig. Gen. Nitzan Nuriel said during a…

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Aerojet awarded green propulsion technology demonstration mission contract

Posted  October 17, 2012

Aerojet, a GenCorp company, announced Oct. 16 that it will demonstrate a reduced toxicity monopropellant blend that offers improved performance and simplified handling processes over hydrazine, the traditional propellant choice for spacecraft. Under contract to Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. of Boulder, Colo., Aerojet will perform the technology demonstration mission, known as the Green Propellant…

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Army offers early retirement opportunity for Soldiers

Posted  October 17, 2012

Soldiers with at least 15 but less than 20 years of service may be eligible for early retirement.

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Lockheed Martin modernizes DCGS-I testbed for DOD

Posted  October 17, 2012

The mobile testbed used by the U.S. Department of Defense to assess new intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance technologies prior to their introduction into an operational environment has been modernized by Lockheed Martin. The Distributed Common Ground/Surface System-Imagery Testbed, which is used to integrate new ISR capabilities into the DCGS environment, has been upgraded to foster…

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DOD augments stability operations with partners, private sector

Posted  October 17, 2012

Conducting stability operations is a core mission for the U.S. military, but the Defense Strategic Guidance and 10 years of war make clear a continuing need to augment the range of such operations with the skills of regional partners and the private sector, a senior defense official said Oct. 16. James A. Schear, deputy assistant…

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