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US conducts B-52 bomber overflight in South Korea after nuke test

Posted January 11, 2016 by

A U.S. B-52 Stratofortress from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, conducted a low-level flight in the vicinity of Osan Air Base, South Korea, in response to a recent nuclear test by North Korea, according to a U.S. Pacific Command news release issued Jan. 9.

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SMC releases RFP for GPS III Space Vehicles 11+

Posted January 11, 2016 by

Phase 1 production readiness feasibility assessment The Space and Missile Systems Center at Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., released a solicitation Jan. 8, seeking proposals for the Global Positioning System’s GPS III Space Vehicles 11+ Phase 1 Production Readiness Feasibility Assessment contract. This solicitation is for a competitive firm-fixed-price acquisition with up to three…

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NRL tests cooperative soaring concept for sustained UAV sailplane flight

Posted January 8, 2016 by Daniel Parry

The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, in collaboration with the Air Vehicle Intelligence and Autonomy Lab at Pennsylvania State University, completed testing of cooperative autonomous soaring algorithms used to keep unmanned sailplanes aloft for sustained flight durations — demonstrating the concept of shared soaring data between two unmanned aerial vehicles in flight. During the weeks of…

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Navy leader says ‘nukes’ essential to US survival

Posted January 8, 2016 by Robert Burns

In his blueprint for a stronger Navy, the sea service’s new top boss, Adm. John M. Richardson, is blunt about what he thinks matters most: nuclear punch. Battling terrorists is today’s problem, but in looking toward a farther horizon, Richardson wants a Navy built to counter unpredictable future threats from other countries such as North…

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U.K. delegation deepen cooperation partnerships board USS Reagan

Posted January 8, 2016 by PO2 Paulo Bayas

The U.S. Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), hosted nine officials from the United Kingdom Jan. 8.

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Defense

KC-135s surpass 100,000 combat hours

Posted January 8, 2016 by TSgt. Terrica Y. Jones

The KC-135 Stratotanker fleet at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, flew more than 14,700 sorties in 2015 accumulating 103,419 combat hours in support of Operations Inherent Resolve and Freedom’s Sentinel.

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Soldiers test robotics on ‘battlefield’

Posted January 6, 2016 by SSgt. Tramel S. Garrett

Picture a hot summer day in Afghanistan, and a company of 25th Infantry Division soldiers preparing to move to a new area of operation. Instead of using their legs and backs, these Soldiers are fortunate enough to have a small robot to help them on the battlefield.

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Air Force photograph by SSgt. Kentavist P. Brackin
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Dancing with a dragon: A pilot’s tale

Posted January 6, 2016 by SSgt. Kentavist P. Brackin

Gliding more than 13 miles above the Earth’s surface, the U-2S reconnaissance aircraft, also nicknamed Dragon Lady, flies unnoticed and silent to all but a select few.

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2015 marks science, technology breakthroughs

Posted January 4, 2016 by David Vergun

In 2015, the U.S. Army's homepage published dozens of stories regarding technology being developed by engineers and scientists across the force. Among the topics of interest were developments in power distribution, robotics and network security software.

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Blue Angels arrive in California for winter training

Posted January 4, 2016 by

The U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, made its annual deployment to Naval Air Facility (NAF) El Centro, to prepare for the upcoming show season, Jan. 2.

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