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DHS now offers Web-based infrastructure protection training introduction to the National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP) (IS-860) which is a web-based course developed jointly by the DHS Office of Infrastructure Protection and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Institute. It provides an orientation regarding the key concepts of the NIPP and is designed to meet the training needs of a wide range of government and private sector security partners involved in implementing infrastructure protection programs.

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The costliest international warplane project, the F-35 Lightning 2 Joint Strike Fighter, safely completed its first test flight in December, advancing a $276.5 billion program financed by the United States and eight other countries. The test flight achieved most of its goals, but an air data probe used to sense speed and altitude flashed a warning that killed plans to raise the landing gear, officials of Lockheed Martin Corp. said. Lockheed is developing three models of the radar-evading, multi-role fighter jet. The flight over Fort Worth, Texas, lasted 38 minutes — about two-thirds the 60 minutes or so the Pentagon's program office had projected. Lockheed Martin, the Pentagon's No. 1 supplier, called the inaugural flight successful and said it kicked off the most comprehensive flight test program in military aviation history. The United States' partners in the aircraft are Britain, Italy, Netherlands, Turkey, Canada, Australia, Denmark and Norway. Singapore and Israel are also involved but have not yet comitted funds.

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Arnco, a supplier of polyurethane flatproofing fill for off-road tires, has announced the retirement of Carolyn Harris, who has had 31 years experience in the tire industry and has served as Arnco's Director of Sales since 1992. The announcement was made by Arnco President Larry Carapellotti, who also said Mike Fullen would succeed Mrs. Harris as National Sales Manager. Fullen has more than 38 years experience in the tire industry, including 14 years as owner of his own tire dealership. He joined Arnco as Northeast Regional Sales Manager in 2000. Arnco, founded in 1971, is located in South Gate, Calif., and has processing facilities in South Gate, Berea, Ohio and Manchester, England. The company markets several polyurethane flatproofing formulations and other products under the Arnco brand that have become widely used in steel mills, scrap yards, land fills, coal mines, factories, construction sites, aerial work platform equipment, original equipment vehicles or wherever the operating environment is hazardous to conventional pneumatic tires.

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