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Lockheed Martin is moving ballistic missile jobs to Florida

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Lockheed Martin Corp. plans to move about 300 ballistic missile program jobs from California to Florida’s Space Coast over the next two years. Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co. spokesman Matt Kramer told Florida Today that the employees moving to Brevard County will work on testing and maintenance for the Navy’s Trident II D-5 Fleet Ballistic Missile. The Trident II D5 is the latest generation of the Navy’s submarine-launched fleet ballistic missiles. Kramer said Lockheed Martin also will move additional missile program…

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Space entrepeneur Robert Bigelow: ‘We stand ready’ to send station to the moon

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Bigelow Aerospace founder Robert Bigelow believes existing technology, NASA interest, and business opportunities are ready now for a return to the moon — and his company is ready to provide a space station there. In an exclusive interview with FloridaPolitics.com Wednesday, the Las Vegas-based billionaire space entrepreneur made the argument that there already exists the technology, the opportunities for scientific research, a clear business case, and at least some NASA interest, for a return to the moon. And he said his company has ongoing…

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Donald Trump’s F-35 call, overheard by rival CEO, threatens chaos in system

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Donald Trump’s ascension to president of the United States has created more than its share of chaos, both in Washington D.C. and across the country. Bloomberg Politics reports on one such muddled event – a demonstration that Trump, quite possibly, is a leader of the gang that simply can’t shoot straight. Days before inauguration, President-elect Trump placed two calls to the Pentagon. He spoke with Lieutenant General Chris Bogdan, who manages the F-35 program, the nation’s biggest weapons project, which is…

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Donald Trump meets with Pentagon on high-cost programs, F-35 project

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U.S. President-elect Donald Trump met with several top military officers this week on several issues, including an effort to “bring costs down” on pricy Pentagon projects such as the F-35 fighter jet. POLITICO reports that among those at the meeting Wednesday at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home was Air Force Lt. Gen. Chris Bogdan, head of the F-35 program, which Trump has regularly blasted for production delays and “out of control” costs. The F-35 has consistently come under fire as the world’s…

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Donald Trump targets F-35, but aircraft means jobs in 45 states

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President-elect Donald Trump is vowing to corral the “out of control” cost of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. But congressional Republicans and Democrats, aware of the tens of thousands of jobs the aircraft generates in 45 states, will be wary of any plans by Trump to cut the program. A Monday morning tweet from Trump targeting the F-35 doesn’t explain exactly how he’ll save billions of dollars in military purchases while also honoring a campaign vow to rebuild the armed…

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Independence Day Weekend brought to you by these lobbyists and political associations

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Whether it’s at the ballpark or the beach, setting off fireworks or firing up the grill, Floridians will celebrate the July 4th holiday in style. The National Retail Federation predicts Americans will spend $71.34 per household on average on food for barbecues. The organization — which has conducted its annual Independence Day survey since 2003 — estimates 65 percent of Americans plan to attend a cookout, barbecue or picnic this holiday weekend. Hosting the barbecue this weekend? Then you better stock up…

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David Jolly extols virtues of the F-35 during cockpit demonstration in Pinellas

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What do Pinellas County and Lockheed Martin, the world’s largest defense contractor, have in common? Location, economic interests and Congressman David Jolly. Today, Jolly visited Lockheed’s nearly 20-year-old Pinellas Park operations center for a demonstration of the company’s F-35 Lightning II mobile cockpit simulator. “We are a safer nation, and a securer nation, because of the F-35,” said Jolly — the event’s keynote speaker — during an address to media, Lockheed Martin employees, and federal, state and local elected officials. “We are…

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