Defense

Sequestration poses biggest threat to readiness, military leaders say

Posted March 16, 2016 by Lisa Ferdinando

The biggest challenge to the military’s readiness is sequestration, military leaders said March 15 on Capitol Hill. Sequestration is a provision of the Budget Control Act of 2011 that imposes across-the-board spending cuts if Congress and the White House cannot agree on more targeted cuts aimed at reducing the budget deficit. The uncertain and restrictive…

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Air Force continues to pursue total force integration

Posted March 14, 2016 by

The Air Force continues to make strides toward total force integration, according to an annual report submitted to Congress March 4. The report is based on recommendations from the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force and focuses on how the force structure should be modified to best fill current and future mission…

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Defense

F-35A training syllabus advances ahead of IOC

Posted March 14, 2016 by Capt. Hope Cronin

Air Force photograph by Capt. Hope R. Cronin An Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., F-35A Lightning II receives fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to MacDill AFB, Fla., approximately 100 miles off the Gulf Coast March 2, following the 58th Fighter Squadron’s first successful munition employment at a nearby range. Airmen from the 33rd Fighter…

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British, U.S. troops collaborate in technology experiments

Posted March 14, 2016 by Vanessa Marquette

The British 3rd Battalion, The Rifles of the United Kingdom, and Soldiers of A Company, 1st Battalion, 29th Infantry Regiment (Experimentation Force), partnered with the Maneuver Battle Lab to execute the Army Expeditionary Warrior Experiment, experimenting with a myriad of different technologies

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Defense

Goldfein: Optimistic about future of airpower

Posted March 14, 2016 by TSgt. Bryan Franks

Equal parts challenge and opportunity -- that’s how Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein described as the current state of the Air Force March 10 during a Defense Programs Conference in Washington, D.C.

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Defense

James visits Luke AFB for more insight on F-35 ops

Posted March 14, 2016 by TSgt. Luther Mitchell Jr.

Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James met with Airmen to gain a better understanding of Luke Air Force Base’s mission with a focus on F-35 Lightning II operations, and its maintenance and training facilities March 9-10.

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Defense

Maintainers load GBU-12s onto F-35As for first time

Posted March 11, 2016 by 1st Lt. Jenny Hyden

In the morning hours of March 3, 33rd Fighter Wing maintainers loaded four GBU-12 munitions into F-35A Lighting II aircraft for the first time, at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.

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USS Porter conducts first SeaRAM firing from DDG

Posted March 11, 2016 by

Sailors of USS Porter (DDG 78), a guided-missile destroyer stationed in Rota, Spain, successfully completed a live-fire test from a SeaRAM missile system March 4. SeaRAM, which replaced Porter’s aft Close-In Weapon System mount, is a self-contained detect-to-engage ship self-defense capability that combines the sensor systems of a CIWS with an 11-round Rolling Airframe Missile…

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KC-46 continues milestones with refueling of AV-8B Harrier II

Posted March 11, 2016 by

A U.S. Air Force and Boeing aircrew aboard the KC-46 tanker successfully refueled a U.S. Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier II in flight March 1. It took place in the skies over Washington state. The air refueling used the KC-46’s hose and drogue system. The KC-46 will refuel aircraft using both its boom and hose and…

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DOD gives final go-ahead to open all military jobs to women

Posted March 11, 2016 by Karen Parrish

“After “exceptional work,” the U.S. military is authorized to begin integrating women across all occupations and specialties “right away,” according to a Defense Department statement released today.

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