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Hill AFB F-35A maintainers passing the Pacific TSP test

Posted December 13, 2017 by Donovan K. Potter

Five weeks into the first F-35A Pacific Theater Security Package deployment, the 34th Aircraft Maintenance Unit team is at full stride.

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Navy completes LRASM milestone test event

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Navy photograph U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer releases the Navy’s Long Range Anti-Ship Missile during a test event Dec. 8, 2017, off the coast of California. The U.S. Navy is closer to delivering its new Long Range Anti-Ship Missile after completing another milestone test flight from an Air Force  B-1B Lancer Dec. 8 over Point…

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US Army Futures Command to reform modernization, says secretary of the Army

Posted December 11, 2017 by David Vergun

The new U.S. Army Futures Command with its eight cross-functional teams, or CFTs, will provide the unity of effort and command needed to reduce the requirements development process from 60 months down to around 12, said Secretary of the Army Dr. Mark T. Esper yesterday.

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Officials announce first DOD-wide audit, call for budget certainty

Posted December 11, 2017 by Jim Garamone

The Defense Department is starting the first agencywide financial audit in its history, Pentagon officials announced Dec. 7, 2017. Defense Department Comptroller David L. Norquist and chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White spoke during the Pentagon news conference, in which they also addressed the possibility of a government shutdown when the continuing resolution that has…

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Remote combat vehicles to punch as hard as Abrams tanks, says expert

Posted December 11, 2017 by David Vergun

Within five years, the Army would like to start testing remote combat vehicle prototypes, known as RCVs, which are unmanned, as light and as fast as a Stryker, but provide the same level of firepower as an M-1 Abrams tank, said Maj. Alan L. Stephens.

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Around the Air Force Dec. 11

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On this look around the Air Force the Joint Space Component gets a new commander, U.S. and South Korea forces exercise together during Vigilant Ace 18, and the Civil Air Patrol celebrates 76 years of service.

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Newest F-22 demo pilot certifies at Shaw AFB

Posted December 8, 2017 by Staff Sgt. Zade Vadnais

It’s a warm, sunny day and the flightline at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., is inexplicably quiet. An F-22 Raptor sits idly on the concrete in front of Hangar 1200, its twin vertical stabilizers and larger frame making it stick out like a sore thumb among the base’s many F-16 Fighting Falcons.

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SecAF, CSAF direct review of all Air Force programs

Posted December 8, 2017 by Staff Sgt. Alyssa C. Gibson

Air Force senior leaders have directed a Zero-Based Review of all Air Force programs, budget accounts and associated manpower authorizations in preparation for assembling the Fiscal Year 2020 Program Objective Memorandum and Future Years Defense Plan. The review will examine whether the right services are being provided the right way across the Air Force. “We…

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Acquisitions chief details DOD efforts to speed, reform acquisition processes

Posted December 8, 2017 by Jim Garamone

The Defense Department is charging ahead in using new authorities to streamline, speed up and reform the acquisition system to ensure warfighters get what they need when they need it, the Pentagon’s top acquisition official told the Senate Armed Services Committee Dec. 7, 2017. Ellen M. Lord, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics,…

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Pentagon announces troop levels in Iraq, Syria

Posted December 8, 2017 by Jim Garamone

The United States has about 5,200 troops in Iraq and 2,000 in Syria, and those numbers are trending down, Pentagon officials said in Washington, D.C., Dec. 6. Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Robert Manning announced the numbers in compliance with Defense Secretary James N. Mattis’ direction to give the American people a better idea of the…

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