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AF rolls out details to improve RPA mission

Posted July 15, 2015 by

In response to a critical shortage of remotely piloted aircraft pilots, the Air Force rolled out more details of its plan to fix the problem in both the short and long term. The most recent initiatives include creating bonuses for RPA pilots of $15,000 per year beginning in fiscal year 2016; placing some newly minted…

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News Briefs July 13, 2015

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Critics welcome departure of Stryker brigade from Hawaii Critics of the Army’s decision to base light-armored Stryker vehicles on Oahu are hailing the cost savings and environmental benefits they expect from a move to send them out of Hawaii. Earthjustice attorney David Henkin says an environmental impact statement found the vehicles would erode land and…

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Airmen share aerial refueling tactics with RAAF

Posted July 13, 2015 by SSgt. Alexander Martinez

Army photograph by Sgt. Steven Peterson from the 18th Logistics Readiness Squadron from Kadena Air Base, Japan, partner with members of the Australian Army for a refueling exercise at the Royal Australian Air Force Base Darwin, Australia, July 8, 2015, during Talisman Sabre 2015. Talisman Sabre is a biennial exercise that provides an invaluable opportunity…

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Lockheed Martin’s JAGM goes two-for-two in latest flight tests

Posted July 13, 2015 by

Lockheed Martin demonstrated its multi-mode Joint Air-to-Ground Missile, engaging two laser-designated stationary targets during recent Government-led flight tests at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. In the first test, the missile flew four kilometers, engaged its precision-strike, semi-active laser and hit the stationary target. During the second flight, the missile flew four kilometers, acquired the target…

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Headlines July 8, 2015

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News Home Depot has better cyber security than 25 U.S. defense contractors New rankings raise questions about the extent to which cybersecurity is a shared responsibility between government agencies and contractors. http://www.defenseone.com/technology/2015/07/home-depot-has-better-cyber-security-25-us-defense-contractors/116995/ Business F-22 Raptor structural retrofit to take longer, but availability hits 63 percent The Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor may be the world’s greatest…

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News Briefs July 8, 2015

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General Atomics plans to set up drone academy in Grand Forks North Dakota’s unmanned aircraft business and technology park is about to land a second major defense contractor, according to two members of the state’s congressional delegation. Sen. John Hoeven and Rep. Kevin Cramer announced July n6 that General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. has reached…

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Test flight completed after F-35B modifications

Posted July 8, 2015 by Micah Garbarino

Air Force photograph by Alex R. Lloyd A Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II completes its first short takeoff and vertical landing check flight at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, June 18, 2015. The aircraft underwent a functional check flight following modifications at the Ogden Air Logistics Complex. The Ogden Air Logistics Complex completed an F-35B…

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Obama: Won’t accept budget that shortchanges readiness

Posted July 8, 2015 by Jim Garamone1

DOD photograph by Glenn Fawcett President Barack Obama addresses reporters at the Pentagon after meeting with his national security team, July 6, 2015. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, left, and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, flank the president. President Barack Obama assured service members July 6 that they are…

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Fighter pilot makes history at USAF Weapons School

Posted July 8, 2015 by Susan Garcia

Photograph courtesy of Susan Garcia Capt. Kari Armstrong, an F-15E Strike Eagle weapon systems officer with the 389th Fighter Squadron, received more than a diploma from the U.S. Air Force Weapons School at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., June 27. Armstrong also became the first female F-15E weapons school officer and the second female student…

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Carter: DOD, global coalition seek ISIL’s lasting defeat

Posted July 8, 2015 by Cheryl Pellerin

The Defense Department and a global coalition share the intent to deal the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant a lasting defeat, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said July 7. Carter, joined by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, testified this morning before the Senate Armed Services Committee on…

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