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‘Blue’ forces power through Red Flag 15-3

Posted July 22, 2015 by

U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Siuta B. Ika An F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 480th Fighter Squadron, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, flies during a Red Flag 15-3 sortie at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., July 17. Red Flag is a realistic combat training exercise involving the air forces of the U.S. and…

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Submarine launches undersea drone in a 1st for U.S. Navy

Posted July 22, 2015 by Michael Melia

In a first for the U.S. Navy, a submarine has launched and recovered an underwater drone used in a military operation. The attack submarine USS North Dakota returned to its base in Groton on Monday following a nearly two-month deployment to the Mediterranean Sea specifically to test the drone-launching capability. “This was something they thought…

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Hill activates their first F-35 fighter squadron

Posted July 22, 2015 by Mitch Shaw

The jets won't arrive for another few months, but Hill Air Force Base, Utah, activated its first F-35 Lightning II fighter squadron during a ceremony July 17.

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Raytheon, partners develop low-cost, high-tech airframe for U.S. Air Force decoy

Posted July 22, 2015 by

TUCSON, Ariz.–Raytheon, in partnership with Fokker and Dallara, has developed a lower-cost carbon fiber airframe for the U.S. Air Force’s Miniature Air Launched Decoy by applying robotics and formula racing technologies. The three companies reduced airframe production costs by 25 percent. The new innovative composite design will be included in this year’s Lot 7 production….

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Business

Lockheed Martin completes sixth open mission systems flight

Posted July 22, 2015 by

Lockheed Martin successfully integrated and flight tested seven Open Mission Systems payloads in a span of less than three months into a U-2 Dragon Lady, marking the corporation’s sixth demonstration flight in support of the U.S. Air Force’s OMS vision.

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Veterans

POW visits Pentagon tribute section, reminisces about hard times

Posted July 22, 2015 by SSgt. Whitney Stanfield

Retired Col. Leon Ellis was a prisoner of war for 1,955 days during the Vietnam War. During a July 16 visit to the Pentagon, he and his family stopped by the Air Force POW tribute section. Ellis said some painful memories flooded back about his time as a POW as he viewed the paintings.

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World

Japan annual defense paper shows heightened worry over China

Posted July 22, 2015 by Mari Yamaguchi

Japan emphasized China as a threat in escalating regional tensions in this year’s annual defense report as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government tries to convince the public of the need to pass legislation to give Japan’s military a greater role. The report, approved July 21 by the Cabinet, was delayed for more than a week…

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Army photograph by SFC Walter E. van Ochten
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Exercise Rapid Trident 2015 begins in Ukraine

Posted July 22, 2015 by

The "Warriors" of Exercise Rapid Trident 2015 began their multi-national exercise at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center with an opening ceremony here, July 20.

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Space

NASA satellite camera provides ‘EPIC’ view of Earth

Posted July 22, 2015 by

A NASA camera on the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite has returned its first view of the entire sunlit side of Earth from one million miles away.

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Business

AEHF low cost terminal completes information assurance CDR

Posted July 22, 2015 by

REDONDO BEACH, Calif.–A Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin and TeleCommunication Systems team has completed the Critical Design Review for the information assurance elements of the Low Cost Terminal. Completion of the CDR clears the way for the team to build hardware and software for the information assurance element or end cryptographic unit. LCT is an initiative…

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