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First production-level F-35B arrives at NAS Patuxent River

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Lockheed Martin photograph BF-17, part of the third lot of Low Rate Initial Production F-35B Lightning II aircraft, arrives at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., Oct. 4. BF-17 will temporarily add to the complement of F-35B and F-35C test aircraft at the F-35 Integrated Test Facility before heading to its destination at Edwards Air…

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Predators, Reapers break flying record

Posted October 15, 2012 by A1C Michael Shoemaker

Air Force photograph by A1C Michael Shoemaker Maj. Dusty, 9th Attack Squadron MQ-9 Reaper pilot, and Tech. Sgt. Trevis, 49th Operations Group MQ-9 sensor operator (last names omitted due to operational security concerns) fly an MQ-9 Reaper from a ground control station on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., Oct. 3. The Reaper is a multi-functional…

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Political objections derail European defense deal

Posted October 12, 2012 by by Sylvia Hui and Sarah DiLorenzo

A deal to create a European defense and aerospace giant to rival Boeing collapsed Oct. 10 when BAE Systems and EADS NV called off merger talks in the face of government objections. The companies said they had “decided to terminate their discussions” over the proposed $45 billion tie-up because of conflicting interests between the British,…

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Foreign Military Sales a billion-dollar business

Posted October 12, 2012 by by Mike W. Ray

Brig. Gen. James Haywood, director of the Air Force Security Assistance and Cooperation Directorate at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the overall administrator of a $128.3 billion portfolio supporting Foreign Military Sales to 100 countries and nine NATO organizations.

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Partnership, engagement highlight Africa policy

Posted October 12, 2012 by by Jim Garamone

Say “Africa” to most Americans and they think of “the Dark Continent” – a land beset by problems and disasters, far enough away that anything that happens there cannot possibly affect America. And they would be wrong, said Amanda J. Dory, deputy assistant secretary of defense for African affairs. “What happens in Africa definitely affects…

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Boeing receives $2 billion C-17 aircraft sustainment contract

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Boeing will continue assuring the worldwide availability of C-17 aircraft, which provide vital military and humanitarian airlift capability, through a $2 billion follow-on contract it recently received from the U.S. Department of Defense. The C-17 Globemaster III Integrated Sustainment Program provides support services such as forecasting, purchasing and material management for the C-17 and all…

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NATO chief welcomes new military leaders, discusses Afghanistan

Posted October 12, 2012 by by Jim Garamone

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen Oct. 10 welcomed the selection of Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen to be the new alliance commander in Europe and the selection of Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. to succeed Allen as coalition commander in Afghanistan.

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‘Vortex surfing’ could be revolutionary

Posted October 12, 2012 by by Roger Drinnon

Migrating birds, NASCAR drivers and Tour de France bicyclists already get it. And now the Air Force is thinking about flying gas-guzzling cargo aircraft in formation - 'dragging' off one another - on long-haul flights across the oceans.

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ARL’s combustion lab sparks studies that could lead to JP-8 ‘super engine’

Posted October 12, 2012 by by T'Jae Gibson

Studies are underway at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, or ARL, to create a 'super engine' that could allow military ground vehicles, stationary power generators, and small unmanned aerial vehicles, for example, to operate with the same kind of fuel.

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Officials confirm retroactive stop loss special pay deadline

Posted October 9, 2012 by by Amaani Lyle

Pentagon officials have confirmed the Oct. 21 deadline to apply for Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay has not been extended by the recently enacted Continuing Resolution. Service members, veterans, and beneficiaries of service members whose service was involuntarily extended under stop loss between Sept. 11, 2001 and Sept. 30, 2009 are eligible for RSLSP, which…

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