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Opening combat positions for women essential to diversity, future AF

Posted January 30, 2013 by Don Branum

Air Force photograph First Lt. Roslyn Schulte, 25, died from wounds suffered from a roadside bomb in Afghanistan May 20, 2009. Seen here in her senior class photo, Schulte was a 2006 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. She was the first female Academy graduate killed in action while supporting…

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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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Economy, military shape U.S. Iran strategy

Posted February 6, 2013 by Steven R. Hurst

President Barack Obama may have to decide this year whether to use military force to fulfill his vow to prevent Iran from being able to build nuclear weapons, foreign policy experts say. But America’s economic and military realities argue intensely against attacking the Islamic republic and for muddling through by, perhaps, further tightening sanctions that…

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

Posted February 13, 2015 by

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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Al-Shabab, al Qaeda: Linkup of groups in decline?

Posted February 20, 2012 by by Jason Straziuso

Al Qaeda’s decision to formally extend its terror franchise to what once was a nationalist movement in Somalia may only be a desperate joining of hands to prop up two militant groups that are both losing popular support and facing increasingly deadly military attacks, analysts said Feb. 10. Somalia’s main militant group, al-Shabab, and al…

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North Korea brandishing nukes to get U.S. to talk peace

Posted February 13, 2013 by Jean H. Lee

The way North Korea sees it, only bigger weapons and more threatening provocations will force Washington to come to the table to discuss what Pyongyang says it really wants: peace. It’s no coincidence that North Korea’s third underground nuclear test – and by all indications so far its most powerful yet – took place Feb….

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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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Letters from Hollywood show support to military

Posted February 29, 2012 by

Cuba Gooding Jr. His films include “Men of Honor,” “Radio,” “American Gangster,” and “Red Tails.” He won an Oscar for his performance in “Jerry Maguire.” To my men and women warriors who put their lives on the line every day so that our glorious nation stays free and true, I say simply, thank you! Not…

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U.S. needs China to get tough on North Korea

Posted February 15, 2013 by Matthew Pennington

President Barack Obama says the U.S. will lead the world in taking firm action against the threat posed by North Korea’s nuclear test. But Pyongyang’s isolation from most of the international financial and trading system will limit the impact of sanctions unless China can be persuaded to get tougher on its longtime ally. The underground…

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Air Force leaders’ Memorial Day message

Posted May 22, 2015 by

Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III send the following Memorial Day message to the Airmen of the Air Force and their families: To the Airmen of the United States Air Force and their Families: On Memorial Day, Americans pause in solemn remembrance…

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