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U.S., EU lead global nonproliferation, biosurveillance efforts

Posted May 29, 2013 by Cheryl Pellerin

As nuclear, biological and chemical threats continue to evolve worldwide, partnership between the United States and European Union countries to counter such threats remains critical, a senior Defense Department official said May 28 in Helsinki. Andrew C. Weber, assistant secretary of defense for nuclear, chemical and biological defense programs, spoke at a meeting of the…

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Space

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne engines boost latest communication satellite into orbit

Posted May 29, 2013 by

CANOGA PARK, Calif. - Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne engines provided the power to successfully place the fifth in a series of Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS-5) communication satellites into orbit May 24 for the U.S. military. The mission was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta IV medium rocket with…

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U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Julianne Snowalter
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Predator passes 20,000-hour mark in Afghanistan

Posted May 29, 2013 by Capt. Brian Maguire

An MQ-1 Predator assigned at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, recently became the first Predator to pass 20,000 flying hours over Afghanistan, a feat equivalent to flying 15 hours every other day, for 2,667 days.

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Commission on Air Force structure to meet

Posted May 29, 2013 by

The National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force will hold its first public hearing June 4 in the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C. President Obama and the chairmen and ranking members of both Armed Services Committees recently appointed eight members to serve on the Commission. The 2013 National Defense Authorization Act…

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Space

Northrop Grumman-built Modular Space Vehicle nears completion of manufacturing phase

Posted May 29, 2013 by

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – A Northrop Grumman-led team recently completed the third gate review of its first Modular Space Vehicle bus assembly, integration and test, marking completion of functional testing. The team will conduct comprehensive “day in the life” testing next for the Operationally Responsive Space-2 (ORS-2) bus, leading to hardware acceptance by the Air…

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Veterans

‘Old Guard’ soldiers honor fallen with flags at Arlington graves

Posted May 29, 2013 by

A sea of tiny American flags flutters gently in the breeze now at Arlington National Cemetery. The flags were placed at gravesites, May 23, in tribute to the service and sacrifice of the nation's fallen service members who rest there.

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Business

General Dynamics Bath Iron Works lays keel of DDG 1001, second Zumwalt-class Destroyer

Posted May 29, 2013 by

On May 23, General Dynamics Bath Iron Works celebrated the keel laying of Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001), the second ship in the planned three-ship Zumwalt class of guided-missile destroyers. The ship is named for Petty Officer Second Class Michael Monsoor, a U.S. Navy SEAL who was killed in Ramadi, Iraq, in 2006. Monsoor was on…

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SecAF: Sequestration hits AF readiness, modernization

Posted May 29, 2013 by Jim Garamone

Sequestration has hit the Air Force particularly hard, impacting its force structure, readiness and modernization, senior Air Force leaders said May 23.

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F-15 crashes in Pacific, pilot safe

Posted May 29, 2013 by

Japan Air Self Defense Force rescue squadron crews safely recovered the pilot who ejected from a Kadena Air Base-based F-15 aircraft over the Pacific Ocean approximately 70 miles east of Okinawa at around 9 a.m., May 27. The pilot is in stable condition and is being evaluated at a military medical facility. The cause of…

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Space

United Launch Alliance launches second successful mission for U.S. Air Force in just nine days

Posted May 29, 2013 by

A United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket successfully launched the fifth Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS-5) satellite for the U.S. Air Force at 8:27 p.m., EDT, May 24y from Space Launch Complex-37, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. This mission launched just nine days after ULA successfully launched the GPS IIF-4 satellite last Wednesday, May 15….

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