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Spy plane outlasts Cold War, but not defense cuts

Posted April 23, 2014 by

The U-2 spy plane outlasted the Cold War, outlived its successor and proved crucial a half-century ago when two superpowers were on the brink of nuclear war. But defense cuts now threaten to knock the high-flying reconnaissance aircraft out of the sky. The Air Force wants to gradually retire the fleet of 32 “Dragon Lady”…

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Altus, McConnell AFBs selected to receive KC-46A Pegasus aircraft

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Air Force officials announced April 23, that Altus Air Force Base, Okla., is the Air Forces KC-46A Pegasus formal training unit and McConnell AFB, Kansas, is the first active duty-led Pegasus main operating base. The KC-46A Pegasus aerial tanker remains one of our top three acquisition priorities, said Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee…

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It is easy being green Green Hornet team strikes, wins environmental excellence award

Posted April 23, 2014 by

Navy photograph The Green Hornet flies over Naval Air Station Patuxent River April 22, 2010. On Earth Day 2010, the Super Hornet became the first Navy aircraft to demonstrate alternative fuel capability using a 50/50 blend of camelina biofuel and the Navyís primary jet fuel, jet propellant (JP)-5. For the seventh consecutive year, the F/A-18…

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Fifth generation Army tank cartridge reports loudly for duty

Posted April 21, 2014 by Timothy Rider

Army photograph A new tank cartridge was recently tested at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. Pictured here are: (from left) Kent Evans, TRADOC Capability Manager – Armored Brigade Combat Team; Kevin Mulligan, Armament Research, Development and Engineering Command; Maj. Juan Santiago, assistant product manager; Lt. Col. Brian Gruchacz Product Manager; Greg Malejko, ARDEC; Steve Peralta, is…

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Acquisition community works to improve tradecraft

Posted April 18, 2014 by Jim Garamone

Everything the defense acquisition community is doing now is being done to improve its tradecraft, Katrina G. McFarland, the assistant secretary of defense for acquisition said April 16. McFarland made the comments at the National Defense Industrial Associations National Logistics Forum. Improving tradecraft is something DOD would want to do in the best of times,…

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B-1B software upgrade to ensure future warfighting capabilities

Posted April 18, 2014 by Jet Fabara

In order to keep the B-1B Lancer's capabilities ready to operate now and well into the fast-paced integrated battlefield of the future, the 419th Flight Test Squadron began testing Sustainment Block 16A (SB 16A) software upgrades April 1.

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45th Space Wing launches NRO Satellite on board Atlas V

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The 45th Space Wing successfully launched a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex 41, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., at 1:45 p.m. April 10 carrying a classified national security payload. The payload was designed and built by the National Reconnaissance Office. “I am proud of the persistence and focus of the…

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Smarter spending for Air Force acquisitions

Posted April 18, 2014 by SSgt. Torri Ingalsbe

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Carlin Leslie Maj. Gen. Wendy Masiello briefs attendees April 16, 2014, on how today’s budget environment is driving change for both government and industry as part of the Air Force Association breakfast series in Arlington, Va. She said there have been great examples recently in better buying power practices, especially…

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U.S., Poland defense leaders find new areas for cooperation

Posted April 18, 2014 by Cheryl Pellerin

Amid deep concerns about the situation in Ukraine, the defense leaders of the United States and Poland met at the Pentagon April 17 and identified new areas in which their militaries can work together, including special operations, air force cooperation, and more exercises and training.

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Air Force researchers test Google Glass for battlefield use

Posted April 18, 2014 by SrA. Alexander W. Riedel

Air Force photograph by Richard Eldridge Dr. Gregory Burnett, middle, and Andres Calvo, right, analyze a graphic representation of movement trackers, as 2nd Lt. Krystin Shanklin tests Google Glass at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Burnett is the chief engineer of the Battlefield Air Targeting, Man-Aided Knowledge, or BATMA(N) group, an advanced technology demonstration and…

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