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$717 billion budget critical to rebuilding, restoring readiness, Pentagon officials say

Posted August 3, 2018 by

The Defense Department has applauded the passage of the Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act at the swiftest pace in 20 years, Pentagon officials said Aug. 1. In a statement, DOD officials noted that this year’s bill passed with overwhelmingly bipartisan support — a vote of 87-10 in the Senate and 359-54 in the…

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Rimpac features last flight for RQ-7B Shadow

Posted August 3, 2018 by Marine Corps Sgt. Jesus Sepulveda Torees

Marine Corps photograph by Sgt. Jesus Sepulveda Torres A Marine Corps RQ-7B Shadow unmanned aircraft system assigned to Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 3 prepares to launch in support of an amphibious landing demonstration as part of the Rim of the Pacific exercise at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, July 29, 2018. The launch was the…

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Stratcom commander highlights force readiness

Posted August 3, 2018 by Lisa Ferdinando

The men and women of U.S. Strategic Command are ready to respond to any threat, Stratcom’s commander said Aug. 1 in La Vista, Nev. Air Force Gen. John E. Hyten  noted positive developments regarding North Korea, including the United States and South Korea engaging in talks with that country.

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U.S. Air Force B-52s train with U.S. Navy P-8s in East China Sea

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Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Gerald R. Willis A U.S. Air Force B-52H Stratofortress bomber fly over the Pacific Ocean during a routine training mission Aug. 2, 2018. This mission was flown in support of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command’s Continuous Bomber Presence operations, which are a key component to improving combined and joint service…

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Hill Airmen, aircraft progress together as F-35A program matures

Posted August 3, 2018 by Micah Garbarino

Air Force photograph by R. Nial Bradshaw An F-35A Lightning II aircraft from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, takes off from Nellis AFB, Nev., Feb. 2. Airmen from the 388th and 419th Fighter Wings at Hill are participating in Red Flag 17-01. Red Flag is the U.S. Air Force’s premier air-to-air combat training exercise. This…

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Air Force charts course for next generation ISR dominance

Posted August 3, 2018 by

On Aug. 2, the Air Force released the Next Generation Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Dominance Flight Plan, an encompassing strategy about how the service maintains and enhances decisive advantage amidst the reemergence of great power competition and rapid technological change in the digital era.   “We’re the best in the world,” said Lt. Gen. Dash…

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Around the Air Force: Aug. 2

Posted August 3, 2018 by

On this look Around the Air Force, 16 years after making the ultimate sacrifice Tech. Sgt. John A. Chapman will be posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor and Pacific Air Forces welcomes a new commander.

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Red Flag-Alaska 18-3 takes off early August

Posted August 1, 2018 by

Air National Guard photograph by Tech. Sgt. John Winn An F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 18th Aggressor Squadron, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska takes off prior to a sortie as part of Red Flag-Alaska 18-2, June 11, 2018. Red Flag Alaska provides large force employment training in a simulated combat environment. Red Flag-Alaska 18-3,…

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CERDEC unveils more than a dozen new technologies for mission command

Posted August 1, 2018 by Devon L. Suits

The Army unveiled 15 Soldier-vetted technologies here, July 18, all meant to improve command post infrastructure and capability. Those new technologies are now slated for transition to programs of record, representing a culmination of three years of effort by the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development, and Engineering Center to improve command post capability. A primary…

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Fabrication begins on amphibious assault ship Richard M. McCool, Jr.

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Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) started fabrication of the 13th LPD-17 San Antonio class ship, LPD-29, July 30, at its shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss. The start of fabrication signifies that the first 100 tons of steel have been cut. “We are excited to commence fabrication on the 13th and final ship of the LPD-17 Flight I…

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