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Aircraft mishap at Sheppard Air Force Base

Posted July 19, 2013 by

A T-38 Talon crashed at approximately 6:48 a.m., CDC, July 19 just south of Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas. It carried two people on board, a student pilot and instructor pilot. Both pilots ejected safely and one was taken to United Regional. An investigation into the accident is underway. The public is asked to cooperate…

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CSAF says readiness harmed by steep cuts

Posted July 19, 2013 by Claudette Roulo

The rigid requirements of sequestration spending cuts have made it difficult for the Air Force to maintain readiness, the service’s top officer said July 17. Speaking to CNN’s John King at the annual Aspen Institute Security Forum in Aspen, Colo., Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III said each service has four…

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General Dynamics dedicates new facility in Healdsburg, Calif.

Posted July 19, 2013 by

General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics, dedicated its new Healdsburg, Calif., facility July 17 at 190 Foss Creek Circle. A ribbon-cutting ceremony and facility tour was held with employees, local business and community leaders, customers and government personnel. The state-of-the-art facility is designed to meet the rigorous standards of…

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News Briefs July 17, 2013

Posted July 17, 2013 by

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,112 As of July 16, 2013, at least 2,112 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,751 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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U.S.-Australia tracking system logistics interoperability

Posted July 17, 2013 by Donna Miles

A new logistics tracking system between the United States and Australia will help to ensure faster, more coordinated responses to humanitarian crises and other contingencies while laying the foundation for closer cooperation across the Asia-Pacific region, the senior U.S. Pacific Command logistics director reported. PACOM, through its U.S. Army Pacific component, and the Australian Defence…

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First B-52 departs to depot for communications upgrade

Posted July 17, 2013 by TSgt. Mike Andriacco

Air Force photo by SrA. Micaiah Anthony TSgt. Michael Zeigler and Staff Sgt. Aaron McCullum prepare to launch a B-52H Stratofortress July 16, 2013 on Barksdale Air Force Base, La. The B-52 was sent to Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., to receive the first Combat Network Communications Technology upgrade. The change will allow aircrew to…

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Additional missile defense tests necessary, official says

Posted July 17, 2013 by Claudette Roulo

Following recent testing failures, the director of the Missile Defense Agency told Congress July 17 that he is committed to a full evaluation of the way forward for the nation√≠s ballistic missile defense system. Navy Vice Adm. James Syring told members of the Senate Appropriations Committee√≠s defense subcommittee that the most recent flight test, conducted…

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National commission to visit 13 bases

Posted July 17, 2013 by Col. Bob Thompson

The “National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force” is planning to visit 13 Air Force locations, beginning with Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., on July 16. Appointed by the Fiscal Year 2013 National Defense Authorization Act, the commission is reviewing the Air Force’s structure to determine if and how it should be changed to…

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Sequestration impact looms despite resumed flying operations

Posted July 17, 2013 by

Air Force leaders announced July 15 that flying training would resume at numerous units, bringing an end to the three-month halt that resulted from the budget sequestration reductions. Congress approved a $1.8 billion reprogramming request that transferred money from several programs to pay for near-term shortfalls in war funding, which allowed flight training to resume….

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First electrically powered nanolasers capable of being operated at room temperature tested

Posted July 17, 2013 by Robert White, Ph.D.

Significant proof of the critical importance of long term basic research funding has been demonstrated with the first convincing operation of a room temperature, continuous wave nanolaser powered by electricity. Funded by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and the Defense Advanced Research projects Agency, Dr. Cun-Zheng Ning and his team at Arizona State…

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