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Nellis goes full throttle for Red Flag 16-1

Posted January 29, 2016 by SrA. Alex Fox Echols III

Combat air forces squadrons from across the world joined Tyndall Air Force Base’s Checkertails at Nellis AFB, Nevada, this week for the joint-training, full-spectrum, readiness exercise, Red Flag 16-1.

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Guard should retain Apaches, force must stand at 980,000, commission says

Posted January 29, 2016 by C. Todd Lopez

The National Commission on the Future of the Army, or NCFA, made its recommendations public Jan. 28 at the Hall of States in Washington, D.C. Chief among those recommendations, one of 63 in total, is that the Army National Guard should retain some of the AH-64 Apache helicopters it currently has.

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KC-46A makes first contact; successfully demonstrates fuel transfer in flight

Posted January 29, 2016 by Rebecca Amber

The KC-46 Tanker Program reached a major milestone Jan. 24, when it successfully demonstrated its first-ever aerial refueling contact and fuel transfer with an F-16C from Edwards Air Force Base.

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AFIT team develops enhanced imaging system to aid in SAR, security and surveillance

Posted January 29, 2016 by Sandy Simison

The Sensors Exploitation Research Group at the Air Force Institute of Technology, led by Dr. Michael J. Mendenhall, has honed in on the process of differentiating human skin from other materials within an image to reduce false detection.

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Defense

Recapitalizing JSTARS: the radar

Posted January 27, 2016 by Justin Oakes

For more than two decades, the Air Force's Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System has provided valuable intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance to commanders by detecting, locating and tracking enemy ground forces from afar.

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KC-46A Pegasus conducts 1st in-flight refueling demonstration

Posted January 25, 2016 by Daryl Mayer

The KC-46A Pegasus successfully transferred fuel through its boom to an F-16C Fighting Falcon Jan. 24 to demonstrate aerial refueling operations in advance of its first production decision later this spring.

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Air Force withheld nuclear mishap from Pentagon review team

Posted January 25, 2016 by Robert Burns

In the spring of 2014, as a team of experts was examining what ailed the U.S. nuclear force, the Air Force withheld from them the fact that it was simultaneously investigating damage to a nuclear-armed missile in its launch silo caused by three airmen. The Air Force Jan. 22 gave The Associated Press the first…

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Navy carrier group powered partly by biofuel sets sail

Posted January 22, 2016 by Julie Watson

The U.S. Navy Jan. 20 launched its first carrier strike group powered partly by biofuel -- a mix made from beef fat -- calling it a milestone toward easing the military's reliance on foreign oil.

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Defense

Red Flag 16-1 prepares for takeoff

Posted January 22, 2016 by

Red Flag 16-1 is scheduled to begin Jan. 25 and will conclude Feb. 12. Base officials want to remind southern Nevada residents that they may notice increased military aircraft activity during this time period.

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Blackjack UAS ready for fleet operation

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The Navy and Marine Corps’ RQ-21A Blackjack unmanned aircraft system received the official green light for operation Jan. 13, marking a major milestone for the program.

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