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Sequestration impacts ripple across Air Force

Posted March 11, 2013 by Alan Black

Air Force senior leaders issued updated guidance to leaders of Air Force major commands and addressed the service’s airmen last week on how the service will operate under sequestration and a continuing resolution for the remainder of the fiscal year. Acting Under Secretary of the Air Force Dr. Jamie Morin and Air Force Vice Chief…

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Boeing says strong demand pushing commercial production rates higher

Posted March 11, 2013 by

Boeing said March 11 that strong demand for its commercial airplanes and a healthy backlog are behind the company’s decision to keep increasing production rates. “The data tells us the market is strong and will continue to be strong. That’s why we’re confident as we raise our production rates,” said Randy Tinseth, vice president of…

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Amplified greenhouse effects shifts northís growing season

Posted March 11, 2013 by

NASA image courtesy of Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio Of the 10 million square miles (26 million square kilometers) of northern vegetated lands, 34 to 41 percent showed increases in plant growth (green and blue), 3 to 5 percent showed decreases in plant growth (orange and red), and 51 to 62 percent showed…

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Nellis pilots take first step toward F-35 operational testing

Posted March 11, 2013 by Chrissy Cuttita

Air Force photograph by Samuel King Jr. A1C Lance Colbert gives a thumbs-up to the pilot and ground crew prior to marshalling out the F-35A Lightning II March 6, 2013, at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Colbert is a crew chief with the 33rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. Two officers from the operational test community are…

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Boeing to consolidate flight training facilities in North America

Posted March 11, 2013 by

Boeing photograph The Miami campus building, the largest campus in the Boeing Flight Services global training network. After the consolidation, Miami will be established as the pro forma training campus for Boeing in the Americas. Boeing announced March 8 it is consolidating flight training capabilities in North America ñ including 787 flight and maintenance training…

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News Briefs March 6, 2013

Posted March 6, 2013 by

At least 2,047 U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan since 2001 As of March 5, 2013, at least 2,047 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 1,707 military service members have died in Afghanistan…

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Unmanned aerial vehicle squadron starts training at Pendleton

Posted March 6, 2013 by Sgt. Christopher Duncan

Marine Corps photograph by Cpl. Christopher Duncan Cpl. Andrew Smith, left, Sgt. Derrick Williams, center, Sgt. Michael Lomartire, right; prepare the RQ-7B Shadow, an unmanned aerial vehicle, for a launch conducted here, Feb. 27. Williams was the plane captain and quality assurance chief for this exercise, and all of the Marines are UAV technicians from…

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Strategic Command: Cuts could erode capabilities

Posted March 6, 2013 by Cheryl Pellerin

U.S. Strategic Command can execute its full mission responsibilities today, but the impacts of fiscal uncertainty and declining resources in the next six months or a year could change that, Air Force Gen. C. Robert Kehler said March 5. Testifying here before the House Armed Services Committee, the STRATCOM commander characterized the impacts as an…

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Business

Raytheon announces mentor-protege agreements with ISYS Technologies and Equipment Links

Posted March 6, 2013 by

LOS ANGELES, Calif. ñ March 5, Raytheon announced mentor-protege agreements with small businesses ISYS Technologies and Equipment Links, Inc., at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s High Tech Conference in Los Angeles. The agreements demonstrate Raytheon’s commitment to helping small businesses gain contracting expertise and develop core competencies necessary for doing business with U.S. government customers. Raytheon’s…

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Air Force photograph by Maj. Karen Roganov
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Joint program suspension lifted, F-35s fly again at Eglin

Posted March 6, 2013 by Chrissy Cuttita

Air Force photograph by Maj. Karen Roganov F-35 A and B operations began again March 1 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., after a two-week cautionary suspension grounded the aircraft. An engine blade crack discovered at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. Feb. 19 caused the recent suspension. Another short-lived season of “cautionary suspension” has been…

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