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Space superiority remains vital to national security

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Carlin Leslie Gen. William Shelton reviews his notes before testifying April 3, 2014, in front of the House Armed Services Committee subcommittee on strategic forces, in Washington, D.C. Shelton is the Air Force Space Command commander, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. Gen. William Shelton, the†commander of†Air Force Space Command, highlighted…

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Fourth AEHF protected communications satellite begins integration months ahead of schedule

The fourth Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite produced by Lockheed Martin is taking shape after early deliveries of its payload and propulsion core. AEHF-4, expected to launch in 2017, will enable the constellation to reach full operational capability.

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Northrop Grumman ships payload module two months early for AEHF satellite

Northrop Grumman Corporation continued its record of shipping Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite payload modules ahead of schedule when the fourth arrived Feb. 11, nearly two months early, at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Sunnyvale, Calif., AEHF system prime contractor.

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Increased space, cyber threats top concerns for AF Space Command

Gen. William L. Shelton, Commander of Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., addresses Air Force Association Members during the Pacific Air and Space Symposium in Los Angeles, Calif., Nov. 21, 2013. Shelton discussed the importance of space and cyberspace operations and the foundational capability they provide to our nation and joint military…

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Lockheed Martin GPS III successfully communicates With GPS constellation

Lockheed Martin photograph Lockheed Martin’s GPS III Non-Flight Satellite Testbed, a full-sized, functional GPS III satellite prototype, now at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., recently communicated via cross-links with Air Force flight-like hardware simulators for the GPS IIR, GPS IIR-M, and GPS IIF satellites, which make up the bulk of the current GPS satellite…


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Leading in our fiscal environment

Posted  June 8, 2012

While executing a few mission rehearsals in the middle of the African desert, one of my men was returning to our rally point on his all-terrain vehicle and was being a little too aggressive in his maneuvers. Sure enough, he ended up in the dirt with the ATV alongside him. The rest of the team…

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Leadership – it’s not rocket science, it’s harder

Posted  June 8, 2012

“It’s not rocket science!” How often do we hear that about something? It’s a pretty common phrase to indicate that something is not as difficult as you may think. While I am willing to bet that rocket science is difficult, I am positive that leadership is not easy. Yep, leadership is certainly not rocket science….

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Here’s why I’m volunteering to go to Afghanistan

Posted  June 22, 2012

I am going to Afghanistan as an embedded advisor. I am an AFPAK (Afghanistan, Pakistan) Hand. I am a volunteer and that does not make me crazy. I have volunteered for all manners of things in my life. I volunteered for the Army, to jump out of planes, for Ranger School. I volunteered to go…

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Pentagon seeks less for construction, more for conservation

Posted  March 23, 2012

The Defense Department is asking for less money for military construction and more for energy conservation in its fiscal 2013 budget request, the deputy undersecretary of defense for installations and environment told a Senate panel March 21. Dorothy Robyn said her staff uses joint planning and rigorous analysis to ensure that the right mix of…

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Air Force officials expand electronic ADSC notifications

Posted  March 30, 2012

Air Force Personnel Center officials are expanding automated notifications to airmen of personnel actions requiring them to sign Active Duty Service Commitment acknowledgement statements. The automated ADSC notifications were successfully tested in November 2011 for more than 800 airmen selected for intermediate and senior developmental education courses. Since February, more than 2,200 airmen have received…

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Base raises money, supports fellow airmen through AFAF

Posted  March 30, 2012

Over the next several weeks, the uniformed men and women of Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., are targeting to raise more than $39,000 to benefit the Air Force Assistance Fund, and through the fund, their fellow airmen in need. In a memorandum to the base, Space and Missile Systems Center Commander Lt. Gen. Ellen…

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STEP nominations due by April 6

Posted  March 30, 2012

Stripes for Exceptional Performers nomination packages meeting the Central STEP Board and the Combatant Command Board are due to the Air Force Personnel Center enlisted promotions section by April 6, AFPC officials said. The fiscal year 2012 central and COCOM boards will meet April 23-24, according to SMSgt. Jeff Noxon, enlisted promotions and training superintendent….

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Northrop Grumman to develop new atom-based magnetic sensor

Posted  March 30, 2012

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. – Northrop Grumman has been selected by the Office of Naval Research to develop a new cost-effective atom-based magnetic sensor, or magnetometer, for antisubmarine warfare operations. The highly sensitive magnetometer will be part of a magnetic anomaly detection system mounted on helicopters, unmanned aerial vehicles or submarines. Whether in the air above…

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Growing missile threat needs robust defenses, official says

Posted  March 30, 2012

The United States is well protected against the current threat from limited intercontinental ballistic missile attacks, but the threat is growing, underscoring the need for a robust and flexible defense system, a senior Pentagon official said in Washington, D.C., March 26. Development and deployment of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense System protects the United States against…

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Space capability integral to all military operations

Posted  March 30, 2012

Space capabilities have become integral to all military operations, the commander of Air Force Space Command told reporters during a Defense Writers Group breakfast March 22. “It’s hard to imagine what life was like before we had … GPS providing very accurate targeting capability, military satellite communications providing all the reach-back that’s needed, [and] missile…

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