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Materials Characterization Facility showcases new collaborative capabilities

Posted March 11, 2015 by Holly Jordan

The Air Force Research Laboratory is ushering in the future of materials research with cutting-edge microscopes and AFRL’s first-ever virtual collaboration environment. In a March 6 open house, AFRL introduced its newly-updated, state-of-the-art Materials Characterization Facility.†In attendance were representatives from the Ohio State University’s Center for Electron Microscopy and Analysis, the Dayton Development Coalition, and…

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A-10s provide close air support for Green Flag exercise

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Air Force photograph by A1C Mikaley Towle Crew chiefs assigned to the 355th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., perform pre-flight inspections on an A-10 Thunderbolt II during Green Flag-West 15-03 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Jan. 26, 2015. Pre-flight inspections are done before each flight to help ensure pilot safety. Members…

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Missile defense can’t wait

Posted December 22, 2014 by Stephen Blank

Russia shows no sign that it is willing to de-escalate tensions with the West. Troops remain in Ukraine and continue to violate the cease-fire there, even as the Kremlin launches multiple military probes into the Baltic littoral states.  Virtually every day, the United States and its allies are forced to scramble military assets in response…

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Time to turn to American technology for space launch

Posted October 29, 2014 by David A. Deptula

For the first time since the Cold War, the United States has deployed armored reinforcements to Europe. To counter Russia’s aggression, several hundred troops and 20 tanks are now in the Baltic. Yet the U.S. military is still injecting millions into the Russian military industrial complex. In late August, the United Launch Alliance – the…

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X-47B achieves new set of firsts aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt

Posted August 28, 2014 by

Navy photograph The X-47B unmanned aircraft conducts its first night time deck handling and taxi tests Aug. 21 aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). The Navy’s X-47B completed its final test aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) Aug. 24 and returned to its home base at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., after eight days…

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Airman gains new perspective on World War II sacrifices

Posted April 18, 2014 by Rebecca Amber

April 9, 1942, marked what is known today as the Bataan Death March where tens of thousands of American and Filipino soldiers surrendered to Japanese forces.

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Missile Defense: An old idea uniquely suited for today’s global threats

Posted October 23, 2013 by Claude Berube

Recent satellite imagery suggests that North Korea has greatly expanded its uranium enrichment capabilities. The nation just promised to launch more long-range rockets “soon.” And, reportedly, labs in Pyongyang are hard at work developing nuclear-armed missiles capable of striking the U.S. mainland. With the North Korean threat apparently mounting, it’s essential for the United States…

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Air Force leaders send Memorial Day message

Posted May 24, 2013 by Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley and Air Force Chief of Staff Mark A. Welsh III

Many of us can envision a specific individual - a relative, friend, or coworker - who has paid the ultimate price in defense of America. Take a moment - right now - and think of that person and their family ... thank them for giving their all.

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Is there a morale crisis in the U.S. nuclear force?

Posted May 13, 2013 by Robert Burns

Beyond the U.S. Air Force’s embarrassing suspension of 17 nuclear missile launch officers lie two broader questions. Do those entrusted with the world’s most destructive weapons feel stuck in a dead-end career field, given the momentum toward more nuclear arms reductions? And is there a morale crisis among these officers? This matters because the missiles…

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Yeager brings ‘Right Stuff’ to symposium

Posted February 27, 2013 by Don Branum

Air Force photograph by Don Branum Retired Brig. Gen. Chuck Yeager, right, talks to Cadet 1st Class Henry Egan after a National Character and Leadership Symposium presentation at the Air Force Academy Feb. 22, 2013. Yeager was the first person to fly faster than the speed of sound, having made the historic flight Oct. 14,…

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