Defense

B-52 conduct missions over the South China Sea, Indian Ocean

Posted September 28, 2018 by

Air Force photograph by Senior Airman Christopher Quail A U.S. Air Force B-52H Stratofortress bomber takes off from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, for a routine training mission in the vicinity of the South China Sea and Indian Ocean, Sept. 23, 2018 (HST). This mission was conducted in support of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command’s Continuous Bomber…

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Accident board releases Global Hawk accident report

Posted September 28, 2018 by

According to an Air Combat Command Accident Investigation Board report released Sept. 26, an RQ-4B Global Hawk that crashed June 21, 2017, near Lone Pine, Calif., broke up mid-air after experiencing issues with one of its navigational data devices/ navigators. This caused the RQ-4B to enter an unusual flight altitude and experience airspeeds that exceeded…

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Future USS South Dakota delivered to U.S. Navy

Posted September 26, 2018 by

The U.S. Navy accepted delivery of the future USS South Dakota (SSN 790), the 17th submarine of the Virginia class, Sept. 24, 2018, in Groton, Conn. The ship began construction in 2013 and is scheduled to commission in early 2019. This next-generation attack submarine provides the Navy with the capabilities required to maintain the nation’s…

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Army innovation through re-engineering

Posted September 24, 2018 by Crystal Chadwick

In 1801, Eli Whitney disassembled ten muskets made from interchangeable parts, placed the parts in a big pile, and then reassembled ten muskets from parts picked at random, demonstrating the revolutionizing concept of interchangeable parts.

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AFRL team looks to solve fatigue issues for C-5 crew members

Posted September 19, 2018 by Holly Jordan

Air Force photograph by JD Bales A lightweight and foldable seat is one of two initial prototype designs created by Air Force Research Laboratory researchers in an effort to implement a safer and less fatiguing way for Air Force crew members to perform flight duties. An aircraft seat may seem inconsequential, but when a simple…

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Army researchers develop software to ensure that if a military robot falls, it can get itself up

Posted September 19, 2018 by

Scientists at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory and the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory have developed software to ensure that if a robot falls, it can get itself back up, meaning future military robots will be less reliant on their Soldier handlers.

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AEDC Turbines team shows its dedication to meeting customer’s testing needs

Posted September 19, 2018 by Deidre Ortiz

Air Force photograph by Deirdre Ortiz AEDC test teams were conducting testing on the Rolls-Royce engine pictured here when facility crews at Arnold Air Force Base determined plant equipment needed to be replaced. The equipment was replaced quickly and the Rolls-Royce test was successfully completed prior to a scheduled maintenance outage for the engine test…

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SecAF provides Air Force update

Posted September 19, 2018 by Tech. Sgt. Chuck Broadway

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson presented an update of the state of the Air Force Sept. 17, during the 2018 Air Force Association Air, Space and Cyber Conference in National Harbor, Md.

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B-2s conduct hot-pit refueling at Wake Island

Posted September 17, 2018 by

Air Force photograph by Staff Sgt. Danielle Quilla Crew chiefs and a fuel distribution operator deployed from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., conduct hot-pit refueling on a B-2 Spirit at Wake Island Airfield Sept. 14, 2018. Hot-pit refueling is a technique where an aircraft lands and is refueled without shutting down its engines. These missions…

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The Air Force We Need: 386 operational squadrons

Posted September 17, 2018 by

Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson announced the results of an in-depth analysis aimed at outlining what the Air Force needs to implement the National Defense Strategy while speaking at the Air Force Association’s annual Air, Space and Cyber conference Sept. 17. “The analysis says what every Airmen already knows,” Wilson said. “The Air Force is…

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