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New SBIRS ground system celebrates two major milestones

Posted December 21, 2015 by

The Air Force Space Command's Space and Missile Systems Center recently announced the completion of two major milestones in the development and fielding of its new Space-based Infrared System ground system.

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Defense

NATO AGS arrives at Edwards

Posted December 21, 2015 by Rebecca Amber

NATO's first Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) aircraft arrived at Edwards Dec. 19 completing its first flight. The test flight marks the start of six months of ground and airborne testing at Edwards before the aircraft is sent to its new home in Sigonella, Italy.

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Juno PTV successfully launched for Missile Defense Test

Posted December 21, 2015 by

The U.S. Air Force's Rocket Systems Launch Program and its mission partners successfully completed the fourth launch of a Patriot Test Vehicle today from the U.S. Army's Fort Wingate near Gallup, N.M.

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AF announces FY16 aviator bonuses: RPA pilots eligible for first time

Posted December 18, 2015 by

Eligible active-duty aviators have until Sept. 30 to apply for the fiscal year 2016 Aviator Retention Pay or Critical Skills Retention Bonus programs, Air Force officials announced Dec. 15. “The cost to train and develop our Airmen is a significant investment for the Air Force,” said Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh…

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Defense

BACN continues to sizzle for six more months

Posted December 18, 2015 by Justin Oakes

The Battlefield Airborne Communications Node program based at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass.,, commonly referred to as BACN, recently awarded Northrop Grumman a contract extension valued at more than $120 million, securing the system's future for months to come.

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AF introduces enlisted Global Hawk pilots

Posted December 18, 2015 by

Air Force officials announced a new initiative Dec. 17 to enhance the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance mission by integrating enlisted remotely piloted aircraft pilots into the force. Air Force officials stated a dynamic threat environment calls for innovative approaches to high-demand missions. After careful consideration and with an eye toward potential future force needs, service…

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Defense

WIN-T network upgrades: Smaller kit, increased capability

Posted December 16, 2015 by Amy Walker

The Army is fielding upgrades for its at-the-halt tactical communications network, Warfighter Information Network-Tactical Increment 1, or WIN-T Inc 1, which will increase readiness, security and capability while reducing equipment by a third for a more powerful and expeditionary current and future force.

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ACC charts path for remote aircrews, units

Posted December 16, 2015 by Headquarters Air Combat Command

JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va.–Air Combat Command officials announced the results of their study into the remotely piloted aircraft community in an attempt to normalize operations and ensure long-term mission success. Initial recommendations from the command’s ongoing Culture and Process Improvement Program were derived from nearly 2,500 inputs from Airmen across the RPA community as well…

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AF Materiel Command to transition to AcqDemo

Posted December 16, 2015 by Stacey Geiger

About 13,000 Air Force Materiel Command non-bargaining unit civilian employees will transition to the Acquisition Workforce Personnel Demonstration Project pay system in June 2016, according to AFMC officials. “This is a win-win for both employees and managers. It will support employee personal and professional growth, and for supervisors, it will give them more control and…

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DOD extends technological, operational edge into future

Posted December 16, 2015 by Cheryl Pellerin

The Defense Department’s civilian and military leadership is pursuing a significant and enduring effort to extend its military, technological and operational edge well into the future, Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work said Dec. 14.

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