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Americans’ Cellphones Targeted In Secret Spy Program




” The Justice Department is scooping up data from thousands of cellphones through fake communications towers deployed on airplanes, a high-tech hunt for criminal suspects that is snagging a large number of innocent Americans, according to people familiar with the operations.

  The U.S. Marshals Service program, which became fully functional around 2007, operates Cessna aircraft from at least five metropolitan-area airports, with a flying range covering most of the U.S. population, according to people familiar with the program.

  Planes are equipped with devices–some known as “dirtboxes” to law-enforcement officials because of the initials of the Boeing Co. BA, +0.26%  unit that produces them–which mimic cell towers of large telecommunications firms and trick cellphones into reporting their unique registration information.”


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Boeing Test Flies The Unmanned QF-16 Fighter



Boeing Pilotless F-16





” As a pilotless F-16 roared into the sky Sept. 19 at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., members of Boeing’s QF-16 team and the U.S. Air Force celebrated.

  The flight represented the first unmanned QF-16 Full Scale Aerial Target flight.  Put another way, fighter pilots now have an adversary for which to train against that prepares them like never before.

  Two U.S. Air Force test pilots in a ground control station at Tydall remotely flew the QF-16, which is a retired F-16 jet modified to be an aerial target. While in the air, the QF-16 mission included a series of simulated maneuvers, reaching supersonic speeds, returning to base and landing, all without a pilot in the cockpit.

“ It was a little different to see it without anyone in it, but it was a great flight all the way around,” said U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Ryan Inman, Commander, 82nd Aerial Targets Squadron. “It’s a replication of current, real world situations and aircraft platforms they can shoot as a target. Now we have a 9G capable, highly sustainable aerial target.”

  Prior to the QF-16, the military used a QF-4 aircraft, which was a modification of the F-4 Phantom, a Vietnam-era fighter The modified QF-16 provides pilots a target that performs closer to many jets flying today.

  The QF-16s were all retired aircraft. Boeing retrieved them from Davis Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona and restored them for flight.

  Next up, live fire testing moves to Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. The military will ultimately use QF-16s for weapons testing and other aerial training.

  So far, Boeing has modified six F-16s into the QF-16 configuration.

  To see the QF-16 make its first flight, watch the video. To see highlights from the cockpit video, click the link (pilotless F-16) in the written story.”













Final C-17 Delivery Stirs Fond Memories For Reservists





” Whenever you see the U.S. military on the news operating across the globe, either in times of war or times of humanitarian need, chances are, there’s a Charleston based C-17 involved in making it possible. For many it has been a long journey and today the Air Force’s final C-17 Globemaster III is being delivered to Joint base Charleston.

After almost 20 years in service with the Air Force we look back on this gray lady’s accomplishments and the men and women who were instrumental in making this modern airlift marvel the operational masterpiece that it has become. 

This behemoth of an aircraft has a combined four-engine thrust power of over 163,000 pounds. It has nearly a 170 foot wingspan and its tail stands at about five stories high. It has a maximum peacetime takeoff weight of 580,000 pounds and can travel 500 mph at 28,000 feet, but it is also comfortable cruising at 45,000 feet. But there is much more to the story of the C-17 than these basic facts. A handful of aircrew (active and Reserve) can be credited with working out the early “kinks” of what has become the world’s premiere military airlifter.”








A Soldier’s Guardian


New Apache


” Boeing adds control of unmanned aircraft to the Apache helicopter’s impressive capabilities. Using “eye-in-the-sky” technology, the Apache Guardian, the world’s most advanced combat helicopter, is now even more effective in keeping soldiers safe.”





Venturing Into The Unknown

” Just as unmanned aircraft are revolutionizing the skies, Echo Ranger is changing how we explore, protect and survey the sea. Unmanned underwater vehicles have the potential to not only save lives, but also discover new areas below the surface.”

Paris Air Show Highlights Health Of Aerospace Sector



” Aerospace giants Airbus and Boeing racked up orders at the 50th Paris Air Show while Embraer of Brazil and prop-jet specialist ATR also hailed milestone results, signs that the sector is flying high, analysts said Thursday.

Airbus was the first to release aggregate figures on firm orders and other deals such as commitments or memorandums of understanding (MOU), listing $39.3 billion (29.6 billion euros) in confirmed purchases.

Boeing the unveiled its own numbers, which showed firm orders worth $38 billion.

In terms of aircraft numbers, Boeing announced firm orders for 302 planes, in particular one from Ryanair for 175 of the 737-800 model, while the total for Airbus came to 241, many of which were bigger, more expensive planes.

Earlier this month Boeing raised its estimate for global aircraft demand over the next 20 years by 3.8 percent to 35,280 planes worth $4.8 trillion.”










WSJ: U.S. Beefs Up Super Bomb To Wipe Out Iran Nuke Site



” The Pentagon has beefed up its biggest “bunker buster” bomb so it can destroy Iran’s most heavily armed and protected nuclear site, U.S. officials said.

The administration believes the enhanced Massive Ordnance Penetrator, the Pentagon’s largest conventional bomb, will decrease the chances Israel will launch a unilateral bombing campaign against Iran, at least for this year and maybe next year too, the officials told The Wall Street Journal.”


” The upgraded MOP, a precision-guided, 30,000-pound behemoth, is designed to destroy Iran’s deep-underground Fordo uranium-enrichment plant south of Tehran, near the holy city of Qom. “









Landing Gear From A 9/11 Plane Was Found In New York



Landing Gear 9/11 NYPD



” The New York Police Department says it’s found a piece of a plane that crashed into the World Trade Center on 9/11 more than a decade ago.

A piece of landing gear was found wedged between two buildings near Park Place downtown, according to CBS Local.

Boeing identification number is visible on the part. Police will consider sifting through soil in search of human remains.”







Iran Says Captures Two U.S.-Made Miniature surveillance Drones



” Iran said on December 4 that it had captured a U.S. intelligence ScanEagle drone in its air space over the Gulf in the previous few days, but the United States said there was no evidence to support the assertion.

The U.S. Navy said had not lost any unmanned aircraft in the area. The four-foot (1.25 meter) ScanEagle surveillance drones built by Boeing Co are deployed in the region by the United States military and also by other countries.”





Secret Space Plane Just Launched On A MysteryMission




 ” The launch starts the third mission in three years for the robotic X-37 fleet, assembled in Boeing’s now-shuttered Building 31 in Huntington Beach, California, for an estimated $1 billion apiece. But for all the time spent in orbit by the two school bus-size spacecraft — 693 days in all — it’s no more clear today precisely what the Air Force has been up to with the X-37s.

Officially, the solar- and battery-powered X-37s are strictly experimental craft, meant to “demonstrate technologies for a reliable, reusable, unmanned space test platform” while also “operating experiments which can be returned to, and examined, on Earth,” according to the Air Force.

But the Air Force has consistently declined to state exactly what those experiments might be. And in theory the X-37s could also carry spy sensors or gear for hacking enemy satellites. That and the lack of specific information has elicited protests from the Chinese government, which has vowed to build a space plane of its own.

The opacity also makes a mockery of the State Department’s international campaign for greater space transparency.”


And The Parade Marches On 


 ” TheBlaze is continuing to monitor the ever-growing list of companies that have announced layoffs or closings in the wake of President Obama’s re-election.

Wednesday was another tough day on Wall Street. And the stock market seems to reflect the mood of the country’s business community. Since last Tuesday, we have seen a decline in the Dow Jones Industrial Average from 13,244 to the close today of 12,570 — a loss of over 774 points in one week’s time.




 ” Here is the list of domestic layoffs compiled by DailyJobCuts.com since Monday of this week:



   Keep in mind the fact that this list is just this week’s contribution to the growing layoff parade . The last three days of last week … post-election … turned in some impressive layoff numbers of their own , what with Boeing , Westinghouse , Caterpillar and Harley-Davidson leading the way . Drip , drip , drip …



NBCUniversal – 500

In a round of year-end belt tightening, NBCUniversal is cutting about 500 employees, or about 1.5%  of its total workforce. The cuts are distributed throughout the media company, which boasts nearly 30,000 employees, according to a person close to the situation who asked not to be identified discussing the sensitive topic.

Xerox Corp. – 2,500

On Tuesday, Xerox provided some sketchy details of that restructuring: By the end of the year, 2,500 current employees will be former employees.

Citigroup Inc. – 100 in Long Island NY

Citigroup Inc., the third-biggest U.S. bank, is dismissing 100 people on New York’s Long Island as the lender seeks to cut costs amid a slump in revenue. ”



Read The Whole Thing . The List Goes On And On .



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FAA Has Authorized 106 Government ‘Entities’ to Fly Domestic Drones”






  “Since Jan. 1 of this year, according to congressional testimony presented Thursday by the Government Accountability Office, the Federal Aviation Administration has authorized 106 federal, state and local government “entities” to fly “unmanned aircraft systems,” also known as drones, within U.S. airspace.”