Air Force photograph by Senior Airman David Bernal Del Agua
Defense

US, Turkish KC-135 units fly together for first time

Posted March 21, 2016 by by SrA. David Bernal Del Agua

To better understand how each nation completes the vital air refueling mission, the U.S. Air Force and Turkish air force flew KC-135 Stratotankers together in formation for the first time March 8 over the Nevada Test and Training Range, northeast of Nellis Air Force Base.

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Air Force leaders present fiscal 2017 budget request

Posted March 18, 2016 by SSgt. Alyssa C. Gibson

The military services’ secretaries and chiefs presented their respective branch’s fiscal year 2017 budget plan March 16 on Capitol Hill.

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First 3-D-printed component flies on U.S. Navy’s Trident II D5 missile

Posted March 18, 2016 by

The U.S. Navy’s Fleet Ballistic Missile program flew into the future this week with its first 3-D-printed missile component. A part called a connector backshell made its debut as part of the Navy’s successful test flights March 14 to 16 of three Trident II D5 Fleet Ballistic Missiles built by Lockheed Martin.  By using entirely…

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Ike carrier strike group conducts missile exercise

Posted March 18, 2016 by Lt. j.g. Christian Asaban

Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group (IKECSG) completed a multi-ship, live-fire exercise with the Standard Missile (SM-2), March 15.

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Navy submarines arrive in Arctic for ICEX 2016

Posted March 18, 2016 by

Two Los Angeles-class submarines arrived at U.S. Navy Ice Camp Sargo, a temporary station on top of a floating ice sheet in the Arctic, March 14, as part of Ice Exercise (ICEX) 2016.

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AFMC strategic plan to help carry Air Force to third offset

Posted March 16, 2016 by Stacey Geiger

Agility and innovation are cornerstones of a new Air Force Materiel Command strategic plan that will deliver war-winning capabilities. Those capabilities will propel the Air Force as a key element of the future national defense strategy known as the third offset.

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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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Air Force photograph by Capt. Hope R. Cronin
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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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