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Defense Industry
7:15 am
Thu April 17, 2014

As Defense Budget Shrinks, Local Contracting Not All Doom And Gloom

Employees of General Atomics Aeronautical, the manufacturer of Predator and Reaper drones, talk in the company's new Beavercreek office.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

Thursday is the second day of meetings at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base for small businesses in the defense industry. The event is part of an effort on the part of the Air Force to work more with small contractors; base officials say it helps them stay efficient as the government cuts defense budgets.

Those cuts have been bad news for local industry, which provides the Air Force with everything from computer systems to research to airplane parts—but not all contractors are feeling the same pain.

Large contractors cash in

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Defense Industry
6:12 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Two Dayton-Area Companies Win Big Defense Contracts

The US Air Force has awarded a major contract to two Dayton companies, Matrix Research and Lion-Vallen Industries.

Dayton-area contractors are getting business despite cuts to the overall military budget.

Matrix Research develops sensors and high-tech materials—in this case, for stealth military aircraft. The company will get $45,085,000 to work on improving the the Air Force fleet through marginal technology upgrades; the award was announced Friday by the Air Force Institute of Technology based at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

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Military
3:07 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

NASIC Gets New Commander

Colonel Leah G. Lauderback

The U.S. Air Force has announced a new commander for the National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC). Colonel Leah Lauderback will replace Colonel Aaron M. Prupas as NASIC’s next commander.

Lauderback is currently the commander of the 67th Cyberspace Operations Group, which is responsible for offensive cyber attacks on the part of the Air Force.

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WYSO Curious
6:00 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Why is that lake next to Route 4 in Dayton so blue? WYSO Curious takes a trip to Dayton's "Florida"

At the lime recycling plant in Dayton, four more ponds have that blue "Florida" glow.
Lewis Wallace WYSO

In just a few months, WYSO Curious has gotten four questions about the same topic: that bright blue lake off of Route 4 in Dayton.

John Todd of Fairborn was the first to write in to our site:

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Budget 2015
5:59 am
Thu March 6, 2014

President’s Budget Impacts Wright-Patt With More Cuts Possible

A Lockheed Martin F-35, one of the planes the Air Force would continue to acquire under the president's proposed 2015 budget.
Credit Mark Jones Jr. / Flickr

President Obama’s budget proposals have been making waves this week. He and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel are pushing to downsize the Army and Air Force and finally end the war in Afghanistan.

But buried deeper in the President's defense budget, are line items for scientific research, says Michael Gessel with the Dayton Development Coalition.

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