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Air Force announces Ellsworth AFB as first B-21 base

Posted March 29, 2019 by

The Air Force announced Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., has been selected as the preferred location for the first operational B-21 Raider bomber and the formal training unit, March 27. Whiteman AFB, Mo., and Dyess AFB, Texas, will receive B-21s as they become available.

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Test of nation’s midcourse defense system conducted

Posted March 27, 2019 by

A test of the nation's Ground-based Midcourse Defense system, was conducted from North Vandenberg March 25 at 10:32 a.m., PDT, by 30th Space Wing officials, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, and U.S. Northern Command.

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National Defense Strategy is ‘Undisputed driver’ in budget request, Shanahan says

Posted March 27, 2019 by Terri Moon Cronk

The National Defense Strategy is the undisputed driver of the president’s fiscal year 2020 budget request for the Defense Department, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan said March 26 on Capitol Hill.

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Skyborg program seeks industry input for artificial intelligence initiative

Posted March 27, 2019 by

The Air Force office of Strategic Development Planning and Experimentation at the Air Force Research Laboratory is working on fielding a prototype Autonomous, Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle as an Early Operational Capability as early as 2023.

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New AFRL lab capability poised to change the face of high-power electronics

Posted March 25, 2019 by Holly Jordan

Air Force photograph by Adrienne Kreighbaum AFRL Materials Researcher Dr. Shin Mou shows off the laboratory’s new Molecular Beam Epitaxy chamber, a highly-specialized piece of equipment enabling the growth of semiconducting materials for a new breed of lighter, smaller, more agile electronics. An emerging AFRL laboratory capability is charting a new course for electronics innovation….

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Air Force unveils new infrastructure strategy to get more value for money, improve facilities

Posted March 25, 2019 by

The Air Force announced on March 22 a new Infrastructure Investment Strategy following a yearlong review that brings new analytical tools and focus that will enhance readiness at bases worldwide. The new strategy marks a significant shift in the way the Air Force maintains facilities, using new analytics and practices that better predict when work…

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2019 USAF Test Pilot School applications due May 29

Posted March 25, 2019 by Kat Bailey

Application packages for the 2019 U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School selection board are due by May 29. The board is set to convene at the Air Force’s Personnel Center July 29 through Aug. 2, and will consider Total Force officer and current Air Force civilian applicants to attend training as early as July 2020.

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Latest sensor upgrades boost recon vehicle capabilities

Posted March 25, 2019 by Shawn Nesaw

A snowy, frigid February morning didn't stop leaders and stakeholders from turning out to view the highly-anticipated Stryker Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Reconnaissance Vehicle Sensor Suite Upgrade program demonstration.

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Lockheed Martin delivers first HC-130J Combat King II to NY Air National Guard

Posted March 22, 2019 by

Lockheed Martin has delivered the first of four HC-130J Combat King II aircraft today to representatives from the New York Air National Guard’s 106th Rescue Wing. This HC-130J will be operated by the 102nd Rescue Squadron at Francis S. Grabreski Air National Guard Base, N.Y.

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Navy awards contract for multi-year procurement of F/A-18 E/F Super Hornets

Posted March 22, 2019 by

The U.S. Navy has awarded Boeing a contract for the procurement of 78 F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet aircraft; a multi-year procurement of 72 between fiscal years 2019-2021, and six from fiscal year 2018. Navy officials estimate this multi-year model saves a minimum of $395 million on this contract valued at approximately $4 billion. “This multi-year…

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