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YEMEN: Al Qaeda Suffers A Major Defeat

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WINNING: How Syria Was Lost

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AIR TRANSPORTATION: C-27 Still Has Lots Of Fans

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Cyber Intelligence Report – June 1, 2014

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Weekly Top Posts: 2014-06-01

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PHOTO: Super Stallion Exit

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Israel Air Force opts for drones over attack helicopters

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Israel has quadrupled its air-strike capacity over the past eight years

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BOOK REVIEW: The Oxford Illustrated History of the First World War: New Edition (Oxford Illustrated Histories)

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SUDAN: Tribal Loyalty Is More Powerful Than Common Sense

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MORALE: Calculating A PTSD Cure

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WARPLANES: Apaches And Grey Eagles Work Together

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10 technologies to follow at Eurosatory 2014

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VIDEO: 4HD Flight Simulator

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Contracts for May 30, 2014

Contracts valued at $6.5 million or more are announced each business day at 5 p.m.

Here’s What’s in the Benghazi Chapter of Hillary Clinton’s New Book

A substantial portion is clearly meant to address ongoing committee hearings convened by the GOP-led House of Representatives.

Eric Shinseki Is Out at the VA, Says Obama

The Veterans Affairs secretary submitted his resignation to the president on Friday.

ALGERIA: The Island Of Unhappiness In A Sea Of Chaos

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ARMOR: The HMMWV Built For Hard Time

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PROCUREMENT: Israeli Support For the Iranian Military

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WARPLANES: The MQ-16 Lawn Dart

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Fairview Microwave Debuts New Lines of Tunable RF Filters — Press Release

Tunable FiltersTunable Band Pass and Band Reject Filters Operating Between 100 MHz and 3 GHz New from Fairview Microwave

Allen, TX – Fairview Microwave, Inc. a preeminent supplier of on-demand microwave and RF products, announces their new lines of band pass and band reject tunable filters.

Fairview Microwave’s tunable RF filters are commonly used in lab environments for testing many frequency bands including PCS, UHF, PMR, Tetra, LTE, and WiFi. The tunable band pass filters and band reject filters, also known as band-stop filters or band-rejection filters, are effective in band selection or frequency discrimination with high attenuation greater than 50 dB possible, allowing for excellent noise, harmonic and adjacent-band reduction. Fairview’s tunable filters are designed with ruggedized aluminum casings with critical surfaces being silver plated, making them highly durable in a demanding environment.

Fairview’s latest release includes 6 bandpass filters capable of octave-band tuning from 125 MHz to 3 GHz depending on configuration, and a 5% pass band. They employ a 5-section tunable design and have a mechanical dial accurate within 1%. Also offered by Fairview, are 5 new band-reject models with octave-band tuning ranges from 100 MHz to 2 GHz depending on configuration, and a 1% reject band. These band reject filters use a 3-section design and have a mechanical dial tuner accurate to 0.5%. Each of the new bandpass filters and band reject filters from Fairview are rated to 50 Watts CW power handling and are designed with N female connectors.

“Tunable filters are frequently used by RF design engineers in EMC/wireless test environments to ensure their systems are operating properly in a crowded RF/microwave spectrum environment. These filters provide a handy solution for pre-tuning desired signals and rejecting unwanted interference”, says Greg Arnold, Technical Sales Manager at Fairview Microwave.

Fairview Microwave’s all new family of tunable RF filters are available from stock and can ship same-day. For additional details on the new bandreject and bandpass filters and the company, please visit http://www.fairviewmicrowave.com/rf-products/band-pass-and-band-reject-tunable-filters.html. Fairview Microwave can be contacted by phone at +1-972-649-6678.

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About Fairview Microwave

A leading supplier of on-demand RF and microwave products since 1992, Fairview Microwave offers immediate delivery of RF components including attenuators, adapters, coaxial cable assemblies, connectors, terminations and much more. All products are shipped same-day from the company’s ISO 9001:2008 certified production facilities in Allen, Texas.

 

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Alion Awarded $2.8M DTRA Contract to Develop Improvements to Nuclear Detection Technology — Press Release

Technology Solutions Firm to Conduct R&D and Engineering on Next-Generation Methods to Pinpoint Explosive Substances

McLean, VA — May 29, 2014 — To counter the continuing threat of nuclear-fueled explosives, such as dirty bombs, sophisticated detection methods are required. Historically, the Department of Defense and other agencies used Helium-3 (He-3) to detect neutrons emanating from Special Nuclear Material (SNM). The supply of He-3, an extremely rare non-naturally occurring substance, is rapidly drying up. To address the critical need for a means to detect neutrons that does not rely on He-3, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) awarded a $2.8 million contract to Alion Science and Technology to develop enhancements to a replacement technology.

Alion, a global engineering, R&D, IT and operational solutions company, will support DTRA by developing new methods to use an advanced detection system that uses boron-coated “straws” – literally bundles of thin copper tubes with a coating of boron, an abundant element.

Current He-3 detectors are omnidirectional, so they can only alert users to the presence of neutrons. Under the contract, Alion will develop methods to make the boron-coated straw detector directional, so that a search team can pinpoint the location of the source of neutrons and thus react to threats more effectively.

Alion engineers also will research how to increase the detector’s efficiency by exploring new straw geometries and will focus on miniaturizing and speeding up the electronics. Additionally, Alion will review various manufacturing technologies to reduce the technology’s overall production costs.

“By researching the means to make the boron-coated straw detector more precise and more reasonable to produce, Alion can help DTRA employ improved technologies to mitigate threats effectively and keep warfighters and citizens safe,” said Terri Spoonhour, Alion Senior Vice President and Distributed Simulation Group Manager. “But, beyond providing a drop-in replacement for He-3 detector components, this engineering effort opens up a number of possibilities for new or enhanced portable systems that can be carried into questionable areas or permanently installed to protect ports and depots.”

Alion’s teaming partner is Proportional Technologies Inc. of Houston. The period of performance runs until March 1, 2017.

About Alion Science and Technology

Alion Science and Technology delivers advanced engineering, IT and operational solutions to strengthen national security and drive business results. For customers in defense, civilian government and commercial industries, Alion’s engineered solutions support smarter decision-making and enhanced readiness in rapidly changing environments. Building on over 75 years of innovation, Alion turns obstacles into opportunities to help customers achieve their missions. For more information, visit www.alionscience.com.

This press release contains information about management’s view of Alion’s future expectations, plans and prospects that constitute forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by these forward-looking statements as a result of a variety of risk factors and uncertainties discussed in documents periodically filed by Alion with the SEC. Due to such uncertainties and risks, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof.

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PHOTO: Evolved Sea Sparrow

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BERRY AVIATION, INC. RECOGNIZED BY BECHTEL FOR OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE ON GOVERNMENT SERVICES PROJECTS — Press Release

SAN MARCOS, TEXAS, May 27, 2014 – Berry Aviation, Inc. (BAI) announced today that it has been recognized for exemplary work on projects by Bechtel’s government services business unit at the company’s annual Bechtel Systems and Infrastructure subcontractor and Supplier Recognition Awards. The event honors outstanding subcontractors and suppliers that supported
Bechtel’s government services business unit in work such as environmental clean-up, national security science, construction, facility start-up, and nuclear security and operations during 2013.

As one of the approximately 13,000 subcontractors and suppliers that Bechtel works with each year, Berry Aviation, Inc. was recognized along with 19 other companies and specifically received the Key Small Business Award for its work providing airlift services to the Ronald Reagan Ballistic Missile Defense Test Site at Kwajalein Atoll along the Pacific Rim. Working, as
a subcontractor to Bechtel, Berry Aviation transported in excess of 30,000 passengers and 650,000 pounds of cargo during over 2,900 fixed and rotor-wing flight operations around the Atoll in 2013.

“Our subcontractors, vendors, and suppliers help strengthen the critical work we do through performance, value, and innovation,” said Craig Albert, President of Bechtel’s government services business unit. “These awards recognize those who not only met our high standards for quality—they went above and beyond for mission delivery.”

Berry Aviation’s Kwajalein Team was also recognized previously in 2013 as a Team of the Quarter for outstanding support, professionalism, and personal sacrifice during NASA’s Equatorial Vortex and Metal Oxide Space Cloud Experiments.

“Presentation of this Key Small Business Award from Bechtel speaks volumes about the program and team that BAI has built since standing up operations at Kwajalein in 2003,” commented Sonny Berry, President and CEO of Berry Aviation, Inc. “Our folks at the atoll have continued to go above and beyond. They provide a quintessential example of our company’s expertise in providing OCONUS and remote site airlift support.”

Companies were evaluated on multiple factors. These include: overall performance; the ability to deliver quality services/supplies on time; the ability to work collaboratively to meet milestones; and meeting expectations in aspects of safety, construction performance, technical expertise, and environmental compliance. Nominations were reviewed and approved by Bechtel Systems and Infrastructure’s Acquisition Services Managers and Project Managers. Final recommendations were approved by senior leadership.

Berry Aviation, Inc. is a trusted leader in private aviation, with a portfolio of services that includes Government, Private Charter, both Scheduled and On-Demand Freight, Maintenance, and FBO operations. Since its founding in 1983, BAI has grown into a dynamic company with a focus on providing innovative solutions within the Aerospace industry that increase value for customers and end-users. Headquartered in San Marcos, Texas, the company has the knowledge, experience, and manpower necessary to operate on short notice with safe, reliable aviation services. More information on the company’s awards, services, certifications, history, and industry leadership can be found on the website at www.berryaviation.com.

Bechtel is among the most respected engineering, project management, and construction companies in the world. We stand apart for our ability to get the job done right—no matter how big, how complex, or how remote. Bechtel operates through five global business units that specialize in civil infrastructure; power generation, communications, and transmission; mining and metals; oil, gas, and chemicals; and government services. Since its founding in 1898, Bechtel has worked on more than 25,000 projects in 160 countries on all seven continents. Today, our 53,000 colleagues team with customers, partners, and suppliers on diverse projects in nearly 40 countries. www.bechtel.com

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