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Air Force secretary addresses rebalance to the Pacific

Posted November 21, 2012 by Master Sgt. Angelita Colón-Francia

Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley spoke about the Air Force’s role in the U.S. defense strategy to rebalance to the Asia-Pacific during the Air Force Association’s Global Warfare Symposium in Los Angeles, Calif., Nov. 16. Donley closed the symposium, which gathered more than 320 airmen, industry officials and Air Force Association members together…

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Keeping the warfighter safe: 416th FLTS continues to enhance life-saving auto collision avoidance technology

Posted November 21, 2012 by Jet Fabara

Since the beginning of the partnership between the Department of Defense, NASA and Lockheed Martin, the Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance System has evolved into an instrument intended to keep civilian and military aircrew members fit to fly and fight another day. More than 25 years later, team members from the 416th Flight Test Squadron continue…

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F-35 leadership visits NAS Patuxent River test force

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The program executive officer for the F-35 Lightning II program and his deputy visited the integrated test force at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., Nov. 7, part of a series of similar tours around the country to the aircraftís development facilities. During the visit, program head Navy Vice Adm. David Venlet introduced his successor…

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F-35A OUE events completed, success handed to AETC for review

Posted November 19, 2012 by Chrissy Cuttita

Air Force photograph by Maj. Karen Roganov SSgt. Travis Goll, a 58th Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, begins communicating with the pilot of an F-35A Lightning II Nov. 14, 2012, at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The landing of the aircraft marked the last sortie to complete the 33rd Fighter Wing’s flying and training portions…

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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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U.S., Thai leaders move defense alliance into 21st century

Posted November 16, 2012 by Cheryl Pellerin

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Thai Defense Minister Sukampol Suwannathat affirmed their nations’ long-term military partnership in Bangkok Nov. 15, updating a vision for the alliance whose most recent statement, in 1962, focused on fighting communism. Before attending the signing ceremony on the manicured grounds of the Ministry of Defense, Sukampol accompanied Panetta as…

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GOP senator outlines $68 billion in defense cuts

Posted November 16, 2012 by Donna Cassata

Defense spending could be slashed by $68 billion over 10 years if the military stopped spending millions on running grocery stores, operating its own schools and even developing a roll-up version of beef jerky, insists one of the Senate’s leading fiscal conservatives. In a new report, Republican Sen. Tom Coburn dubs the Pentagon the “Department…

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Report: Military biofuel programs poised to drive major economic, job growth

Posted November 14, 2012 by

The military’s plans to expand its use of biofuel in planes, ships and other vehicles would generate at least about $10 billion in economic activity and create more than 14,000 jobs by 2020, according to a report commissioned by Environmental Entrepreneurs. Just as importantly, if DOD is able to expand its use of advanced biofuels…

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Military Sealift Command’s first Mobile Landing Platform ship floated from dry dock

Posted November 14, 2012 by Sarah Burford

Military Sealift Command’s first Mobile Landing Platform ship completed its first float out operation at the General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard in San Diego Nov. 13. Designated T-MLP-1, the ship will be named USNS Montford Point, honoring African American Marine Corps recruits who trained at Camp Montford Point, N.C, from 1942 to 1949. The first of…

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Defense officials preview ‘Better Buying Power 2.0′ initiative

Posted November 14, 2012 by Karen Parrish

Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter Nov. 13 unveiled a proposed new phase of the Defense Department’s “Better Buying Power” initiative that since 2010 has shaped the department’s acquisition arm to “do more without more.” Carter told reporters during a Pentagon briefing that when he, as undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics, and then-Defense Secretary…

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