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USB devices ‘non grata’ to DOD computers

Posted August 17, 2012 by Courtesy of 56th Communications Squadron

The use of USB flash drives is prohibited on Defense Department systems. Below are the most frequently asked questions: Q. What’s the harm if I’m just using a little power? A. Anything that plugs into a government system via USB can draw power, as well as transfer data. Q. But I turned it off. So…

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B-52s to receive communications upgrade

Posted July 3, 2013 by Mike W. Ray

Installation of a communications system upgrade earmarked for the venerable U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress bomber fleet is scheduled to start at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., in July. The Combat Network Communications Technology system will enable aircrews to send and receive information via satellite links, allowing them to change mission plans and retarget weapons while…

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New method of testing parachutes developed

Posted November 27, 2013 by

Engineers and technicians from NAWCWD China Lake, Calif., and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., recently conducted the first demonstration of a new method of performing load tests on large parachutes.

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Top DOD enlisted visits Luke

Posted November 16, 2012 by Master Sgt. CINDY DORFNER

Marine Sgt. Maj. Bryan Battaglia, senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, addressed a packed house of Airmen and Sailors during an enlisted call at Luke Air Force Base Tuesday. As the SEAC, Battaglia serves as the principal military advisor to the chairman and the secretary of defense on all…

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Centcom undertakes massive logistical drawdown

Posted July 3, 2013 by Donna Miles

Two years ago, as commander of U.S. Forces-Iraq, Army Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III was marching against a strict Dec. 31, 2011 deadline to complete the largest logistical drawdown since World War II.

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Key land, sea-based electro-optical systems valued at $13.5 billion projected in next 10 years

Posted November 27, 2013 by

An estimated $13.5 billion will be spent through 2022 on the research, development, and production of the representative programs covered in Forecast International’s newly updated analysis, “The Market for Land and Sea-Based Electro-Optical Systems.” Of the major EO systems covered in the report, a total of 296,036 units will be produced over the next 10…

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New medal to retain place in order of precedence

Posted February 22, 2013 by af.news

WASHINGTON — The new Distinguished Warfare Medal will retain its place in the order of precedence among military decorations, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said Tuesday. Much of the public discussion of the new medal has centered on its precedence. It ranks below the Distinguished Flying Cross and above the Bronze Star. “We are not…

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SecDef details ‘Plan B’ should sequestration continue

Posted July 12, 2013 by af.mil

WASHINGTON — If sequestration continues into fiscal year 2014, the Defense Department will be forced to consider involuntary reductions-in-force for the civilian workforce, draconian cuts to military personnel accounts and a virtual halt to military modernization, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in a letter to Senate leaders Thursday. The senators had requested detailed information on…

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Commissary, place for holiday savings

Posted December 6, 2013 by DeCA

FORT LEE, Va. — The holidays are right around the corner, and special in-store promotions make the commissary the place to go to save on holiday groceries, according to an official at the Defense Commissary Agency. “We’ve got some great promotions lined up for the holiday season,” said Randy Chandler, DeCA sales director. “Customers will…

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Report helps military deal with sexual assault problem

Posted May 10, 2013 by af.mil

WASHINGTON — Sexual assault is a long-term problem for the military, and it will take time for military efforts to combat it, the director of the Defense Department’s sexual assault prevention and response office said. “We are not satisfied with where we are at today,” said Army Maj. Gen. Gary Patton in an interview before the…

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