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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 nationís ballistic missile defense system. Navy Vice Adm. James Syring told members of the Senate Appropriations Committeeís 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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NASA’s Student Airborne Research Program: Learning by doing

Posted July 17, 2013 by

NASA photograph by Jane Peterson Interns participating in NASA’s Student Airborne Research Program board NASA’s DC-8 for a science flight over California to investigate several topics including air pollution, forest health, and near shore and ocean studies. A group of American college students are spending eight weeks this summer participating in an internship that offered…

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Unmanned drone crashes at Tyndall

Posted July 17, 2013 by

An unmanned Air Force QF-4 drone, assigned to the 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., crashed on the drone runway during take-off at 8:25 a.m. July 17. No personnel were injured during the incident. Base and local police and safety officials have closed Highway 98 and are anticipating that it will…

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Large rocket test facilityís altitude capability benefits from new control system

Posted July 17, 2013 by Raquel March

Air Force photograph An Arnold Engineering Development Complex systems installation crew positions the new remote Input/Output control system cabinet for the complexís Large Rocket Motor Test Facility, or J-6, that will control liquid nitrogen and gaseous nitrogen during testing. Large rocket testing at altitude conditions has been a common occurrence at Arnold Engineering Development Complex’s…

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Northrop Grumman awarded $173 million performance-based logistics contract for LITENING targeting system sustainment

Posted July 17, 2013 by

Northrop Grumman has been awarded a $173 million performance-based logistics contract to provide support and sustainment services for the LITENING advanced targeting system. Under the five-year agreement, Northrop Grumman will provide logistics support, technical support to the field, aircrew and maintenance training, depot repairs and other associated services. Northrop Grumman will support the LITENING targeting…

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News Briefs July 15, 2013

Posted July 15, 2013 by

First Air Force One plane decaying in Arizona field The first plane to be designated as Air Force One now sits in a southern Arizona field that’s part of Marana Regional Airport. The aircraft that once spirited President Dwight D. Eisenhower on cross-country voyages is nearly forgotten on a 10-acre parcel, decaying under the relentless…

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Innovation extends ORS-1’s life, mission

Posted July 15, 2013 by Scott Prater

Air Force photograph by Dennis Rogers Capt. Eric Palmer (left) and Airman 1st Class Quillan Fay review Operationally Responsive Space-1 procedures and mission objectives in preparation for a satellite contact June 29, 2013, at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo. The squadron members recently celebrated the two-year anniversary of ORS-1’s launch. The Operationally Responsive Space-1 satellite…

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