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U.S., China team up for counter piracy exercise

Posted September 19, 2012 by

Navy photograph by PO2 Aaron Chase U.S. Navy PO3 Evan T. Gainer checks his surroundings aboard the USS Winston S. Churchill during a bilateral counterpiracy exercise with the Chinese People’s Liberation Army frigate Yi Yang in the Gulf of Aden, Sept. 17, 2012. Guided-missile destroyer USS Winston S. Churchill and other U.S. Navy assets participated…

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

Posted October 15, 2012 by

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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Panetta: Congress ‘on the clock’ to avert sequestration

Posted October 26, 2012 by Jim Garamone

Congress "is on the clock" and has critical work to accomplish when the House and Senate come back into session after the Nov. 6 election, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said in Washington, D.C., Oct. 25.

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Combat King reigns in the sky

Posted November 16, 2012 by Todd McQueen

An HC-130J Combat King II takes off for Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. from Lockheed Martin facilities in Marietta, Ga., Nov. 15. Aircraft number 5707 is the third of 15 HC-130Js to be delivered to the U.S. Air Force’s Air Combat Command. The HC-130J replaces the HC-130P/N as the only dedicated fixed-wing personnel recovery platform…

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F-35C Lightning II hits weapons testing milestone CF-2 completes initial pit drop testing

Posted December 3, 2012 by Victor Chen

The F-35 integrated test force aboard Naval Air Station Patuxent River completed a weapons ejection milestone for the Lightning II carrier variant on Nov. 28. CF-2, the second F-35C test aircraft, ejected a 2,000-pound inert GBU-31 Joint Direct Attack Munition and a 500-pound GBU-12 Paveway II Laser Guided Bomb from an internal weapons bay into…

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Defense and Industry Narrow Communication Gap

Posted December 14, 2012 by Terri Moon Cronk

As a cost- and time-saving measure, Defense Department officials have developed an experimental Website to help government and industry stay up-to-date on developing projects that support the war fighter. The new site, Defense Innovation Marketplace, is part of the Defense Department’s Better Buying Power initiative to save DOD money, said Jack Blackhurst, a “customer” of…

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Air Force leaders will deliver budget guidance to force in days

Posted January 14, 2013 by Jim Garamone

Air Force leaders will deliver guidance to the force in a few days to begin prudent planning for the uncertain budget environment ahead, Air Force Secretary Michael B. Donley said Jan. 11. Donley and Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, the Air Force chief of staff, briefed Pentagon reporters Jan. 11, on the state of their…

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Life Cycle Thrust’ directorate making a name throughout command

Posted January 28, 2013 by Brandice J. O'Brien

Air Force photograph by TSgt. Justin D. Pyle The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center’s Propulsion Directorate is responsible for the sustainment and acquisition of engines for aircraft such as the F-22 Raptor (shown) and C-17 Globemaster. In six months, the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center’s Propulsion Directorate has come into its own. Emphasizing…

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Army advances two airborne radios

Posted February 8, 2013 by Nancy Jones-Bonbrest

As the Army continues to advance its new tactical radio strategy, it is building on lessons-learned from the Joint Tactical Radio System program to drive innovation in radios for service aircraft. Following the recent Department of Defense decision to disband the Joint Program Executive Office for Joint Tactical Radio System, known as JTRS, and transfer…

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Air Force releases criteria for new combat medal

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Air Force officials released nomination criteria for the new Distinguished Warfare Medal Feb. 15, following defense officials’ announcement of the new decoration days prior. The DWM will be awarded to honor individuals for single acts of extraordinary achievement, not involving acts of valor, that directly impact combat or other military operations approved by the secretary…

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