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US planes deliver French troops to Mali

Posted January 25, 2013 by SSgt. Nathanael Callon

Air Force photograph by SrA. James Richardson French soldiers march to a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III in support of missions in the Republic of Mali in January 2013. The United States agreed to help France airlift troops and equipment into Mali. The U.S. Air Force began transporting French soldiers and military equipment Jan….

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Tunisia’s First C-130J Sees Daylight

Posted January 25, 2013 by

Lockheed Martin photograph by Thinh Nguyen Lockheed Martin has completed painting the first of two Tunisian Air Force C-130J-30 Super Hercules. Tunisia currently operates a fleet of C-130Hs and C-130Bs, first purchased in the mid-1980s. The new C-130Js will support Tunisian operations across the mission spectrum, including relief efforts around the world, firefighting and traditional…

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Northrop Grumman-built NASA Global Hawk supports studies on climate change

Posted January 25, 2013 by

PALMDALE, Calif. – A Northrop Grumman-built NASA Global Hawk is now conducting science missions to study the impact of atmospheric change on the Earth’s climate. The Global Hawk is collecting data and helping scientists learn more about the humidity and chemical composition of air entering the tropical tropopause layer of the atmosphere and its impact…

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Air Force photograph by Jet Fabara
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418th FLTS prepares to test India’s first C-17 at Edwards

Posted January 25, 2013 by Jet Fabara

Air Force photograph by Jet Fabara The first C-17 heavy-lift aircraft built for the Indian Air Force touches down on Runway 22L. The 418th Flight Test Squadron will begin aircraft inspection and routine flight testing for the next two months. With Boeing’s completion of the Indian Air Force’s first C-17 heavy-lift aircraft in early January…

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Northrop Grumman Foundation congratulates CyberPatriot V finalists

Posted January 25, 2013 by

The Northrop Grumman Foundation, presenting sponsor for CyberPatriot V, announced today that 28 teams have successfully battled through three rounds of virtual competition to advance to the national finals showdown in Washington, D.C., March 14-16. CyberPatriot, established by the Air Force Association, is the premier national high school cyber defense competition created to inspire high…

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Army orders MUOS upgrade for AN/PRC-155 Manpack radios from General Dynamics

Posted January 25, 2013 by

The U.S. Army ordered kits in December to upgrade 100 Handheld, Manpack, Small Form Fit (HMS) AN/PRC-155 two-channel Manpack radios to enable them to communicate with the military’s Mobile User Objective System satellite communications system. This MUOS channel upgrade, comprising a field-replaceable power amplifier and supporting software, will allow secure voice and data communication with…

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New Army network gets final check-out on way to field

Posted January 25, 2013 by Claire Heininger

As soldiers prepare to deploy with the Army’s new tactical communications network later this year, Army engineers are stretching the equipment to its limits to ensure it can support complex, on-the-move operations and extend the range of communications to the farthest edges of the battlefield. The Network Verification event for Capability Set 13, or CS…

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United Technologies fourth-quarter profit drops but higher aerospace sales lifts revenue

Posted January 25, 2013 by

United Technologies Corp. posted a 26 percent drop in fourth-quarter net income from continuing operations Jan. 23 due to one-time items including restructuring costs and completing its $18.4 billion Goodrich acquisition. But the Hartford, Conn., conglomerate√≠s huge bet on the aerospace business is paying off, and it posted strong revenue gains for its jet engine…

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Defense Department rescinds direct combat exclusion rule

Posted January 25, 2013 by

Navy photograph by Smn. Heather M. Paape Chief Engineman Patricia Cooper, a student in the Riverine Combat Skills course, patrols the training grounds during a field training exercise in Camp Lejeune, N.C. This class is the first RCS training group composed of Coastal Riverine Force (CORIVFOR) Sailors and the first to incorporate women into the…

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Air Force to open remaining combat positions to women

Posted January 25, 2013 by

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey announced Jan. 24 the rescission the 1994 Direct Ground Combat Definition and Assignment Rule for women and that the Department of Defense plans to remove gender-based barriers to service. “Women have shown great courage and sacrifice on and off…

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