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Taking stock of economic development opportunities

Jeff Stepp thinks Alaska is at an inflection point: “It’s a pivotal time in Alaska’s history and economy because of the confluence of the loss of federal earmarks and the decline of the price of oil, which contributed greatly to our economy during the last…

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Cockpit demonstrator simulates F-35 capabilities

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) – Lockheed Martin is giving community leaders a closer look at the F-35 Lightning fighter jet and its capabilities Thursday. The company set up the F-35 cockpit demonstrator, an interactive simulator that highlights the fighter’s advanced technologies and combat capabilities. “There are…

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CSAF Civic Leaders Visit Eielson

A civic leader tour hosted by the Chief of Staff of the Air Force visited Eielson Air Force Base April 28, 2018;this was the final stop in a broad tour of the Pacific Air Forces area of responsibility that included visits to Guam, Hawaii, Korea…

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GAO outlines F-35 dispersal if Pacific war breaks out

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan – If war breaks out in the Pacific, U.S. military commanders may disperse F-35 Lightning II stealth fighters in small detachments to outmaneuver the enemy, according to a recent report by the Government Accountability Office. “The Department of Defense … is…

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JBER, Fairbanks among opportunity zone selections

Geographic tracts identified as 25 federal Opportunity Zones were announced April 19 by the state’s Economic Development office in a move to spur private projects in distressed areas of the state. To be eligible, each tract’s population had to meet the criteria according to the…

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Marines 3D print replacement part for F-35

The U.S. Marine Corps is breaking new technological ground with 3D printing, recently finding a way to combat a lack of spare parts and slow production turnovers by printing a part for an F-35B Lightning II aircraft. Last week, Marines with Combat Logistic Battalion 31, with the 31st…

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Lockheed Offers F-22, F-35 Hybrid For Japan

Lockheed Martin plans to offer a hybrid stealth fighter design based on its F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lightning II aircraft. The proposed aircraft “would combine the F-22 and F-35 and could be superior to both of them,” Reuters reported quoting unnamed sources Friday. Lockheed Martin…

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F-35 delivery pause indicates high Pentagon standards

WASHINGTON — Both the Defense Department and Lockheed Martin had become too relaxed in ensuring deliveries of new F-35s met requirements, but recent pause on F-35 deliveries exemplifies how the department will now hold Lockheed to stricter standards, the Pentagon’s top acquisition official said Friday. On Wednesday,…

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Lockheed Martin Celebrating F-35’s Last Flight Test

Lockheed Martin is celebrating the F-35’s last flight test for the Joint Strike Fighter program’s System Development and Demonstration (SDD) phase. This last flight test marks the beginning of the end of the SDD phase, which started 2001 when Lockheed’s X-35 prototypes triumphed over Boeing’s…

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Air Force moving to address F-35 spare-parts problems

EGLIN AFB — The Air Force is taking a three-pronged approach to addressing spare-parts issues threatening the F-35 stealth fighter jet program at Eglin Air Force Base and elsewhere, according to its Air Education and Training Command. Last month, U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., whose…

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