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U.S. Navy, Lockheed Martin ready to launch MUOS-4 Aug. 31

The U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin are ready to launch the fourth Mobile User Objective System secure communications satellite, MUOS-4, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Aug. 31 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.

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Arming the RPAs

Airmen from the 62nd Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron provide every munition that is loaded onto an MQ-1B Predator or MQ-9 Reaper at Kandahar Airfield; without them, the RPAs wouldn’t be able to provide combat airpower in Afghanistan.

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Local efforts help keep Dragon Lady flying at 60

In 1955, Disneyland opened its doors for the first time, Elvis made his first TV appearance, Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white passenger, and the Vietnam War began with fighting between the South and North Vietnam Armies.

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U.S. Navy awards production contract for additional P-8A aircraft, first RAAF planes

The U.S. Navy awarded a nearly $1.5 billion contract Aug. 27 to Boeing Defense, Space & Security for the procurement of 13 Full-Rate Production Lot 2 P-8A Poseidon aircraft.

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A-4 Skyhawks support F-35 operational testing

Courtesy photograph by Frank Crebas Pictured from top down is an F-35 Lightning II, an F-16 Fighting Falcon and an A-4 Skyhawk. In support of an operational test exercise for their F-35s, the Royal Netherlands Air Force contingent at Edwards brought in six A-4s from Draken International, six F-16s from the 162nd Fighter Wing, Arizona…


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Events

31st annual MILCOM conference, expo returns to Orlando

Posted  October 15, 2012

The thirty-first annual MILCOM Conference and Exposition, “Trusted Communications … Awareness to Action,” will be held at the Gaylord Palms Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., Oct. 29 through Nov. 1. Co-sponsored by AFCEA International and the IEEE Communications Society, and hosted by Harris Corporation, MILCOM is the premier international conference for military communications. It gathers…

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Tech

NASA’s Operation IceBridge resumes flights over Antarctica

Posted  October 15, 2012

NASA photograph by Jim Yungel NASA’s DC-8 over the Pacific during transit to Chile. Scientists and flight crew members with Operation IceBridge, NASA’s airborne mission to study Earth’s changing polar ice, are beginning anothercampaign over Antarctica. Now in its fourth year, IceBridge’s return to theAntarctic comes almost a year after the discovery of a large…

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Business

Northrop Grumman names VP, deputy general counsel

Posted  October 15, 2012

Northrop Grumman has named Kathryn G. Simpson vice president and deputy general counsel, effective Oct. 15. Simpson will report to Sheila Cheston, corporate vice president and general counsel. “Kathy Simpson is an accomplished counselor and leader in the defense industry,” said Cheston. “She will bring a breadth of experience and talents to her new role….

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Defense

Predators, Reapers break flying record

Posted  October 15, 2012

Air Force photograph by A1C Michael Shoemaker Maj. Dusty, 9th Attack Squadron MQ-9 Reaper pilot, and Tech. Sgt. Trevis, 49th Operations Group MQ-9 sensor operator (last names omitted due to operational security concerns) fly an MQ-9 Reaper from a ground control station on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., Oct. 3. The Reaper is a multi-functional…

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News briefs – October 12, 2012

Posted  October 12, 2012

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,007   As of Oct. 9, 2012, at least 2,007 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,666 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a…

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Defense

Political objections derail European defense deal

Posted  October 12, 2012

A deal to create a European defense and aerospace giant to rival Boeing collapsed Oct. 10 when BAE Systems and EADS NV called off merger talks in the face of government objections. The companies said they had “decided to terminate their discussions” over the proposed $45 billion tie-up because of conflicting interests between the British,…

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Business

Office of Naval Research awards Raytheon contracts to develop next-generation power technology for naval systems

Posted  October 12, 2012

Raytheon has been awarded two Phase 2 contracts under the Office of Naval Research’s Compact Power Conversion Technologies program. The program aims to deliver better fuel economy and architectural flexibility for critical mission systems on future surface ships and submarines. “As the U.S. Navy develops the platforms and mission systems that ready our war fighters…

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Foreign Military Sales a billion-dollar business

Posted  October 12, 2012

Brig. Gen. James Haywood, director of the Air Force Security Assistance and Cooperation Directorate at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the overall administrator of a $128.3 billion portfolio supporting Foreign Military Sales to 100 countries and nine NATO organizations.

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Space

Intelsat accepts second on-orbit Boeing 702MP satellite

Posted  October 12, 2012

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Intelsat S.A. has accepted its second Boeing 702MP (Medium Power) satellite, Intelsat 21, which was launched Aug. 18 and is enhancing Intelsat’s broadcast and communications services throughout four continents. Boeing introduced the 702MP spacecraft line in 2009 to meet customer requirements for satellites with 6 to 12 kilowatts of power. The…

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Northrop Grumman begins production of EHF SatCom system for B-2 bomber

Posted  October 12, 2012

PALMDALE, Calif. – The U.S. Air Force’s fleet of B-2 stealth bombers will begin receiving new high-speed processing subsystems under a $108 million low rate initial production contract awarded Sept. 28 to Northrop Grumman. The new hardware and software – which include an integrated processing unit, a high-capacity disk drive, and a network of fiber…

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