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Alaska Reserve F-22 unit becomes fully operational

Posted September 14, 2012 by Capt. Ashley Conner

Air Force photograph by TSgt. Dana Rosso Col. Bryan Radliff, 477th Fighter Group commander, declares the 477th FG fully operational capable during a ceremony during the groups monthly Unit Training Assembly weekend Sept. 9. The 477th FG traces its unit back to the 477th Bombardment Group, a Tuskegee Airmen unit that never reached FOC. The…

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KC-46 enters critical design review phase

Posted September 25, 2012 by by SrA. Tabitha N. Haynes

The Air Force KC-46A program director described the critical development phases of the next-generation refueling aircraft during the 2012 Air Force Association Air and Space Conference and Technology Exposition in Washington, D.C., Sept. 18. Maj. Gen. John F. Thompson, program executive officer for Tanker Programs, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base,…

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SkySat balloon, payload launch impresses Army officials

Posted October 18, 2012 by by DJ Montoya

The crisp early morning of Oct. 11 saw a number of hot air balloons in the sky above Colorado Springs Airport. However, one balloon had a particular mission and stood out from the rest.

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Pentagon moves to refine acquisitions process, official says

Posted November 7, 2012 by SFC Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

The Defense Department continues to do all it can to enhance the defense acquisition process, improving the Pentagon’s buying power and maximizing value for taxpayers’ money, a senior Pentagon official said Nov. 5. Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, shared his latest efforts to improve the process as he spoke during…

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Contract award helps keep BACN airborne

Posted November 26, 2012 by Patty Welsh

The Space, Aerial and Nuclear Network Division here recently awarded a firm-fixed-price contract to Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. for long-term platform maintenance on four E-11A aircraft. The current amount awarded is $48 million, which is for a one-year base. There are four one-year options, which could eventually bring the value to $260 million. The E-11A…

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DOD prepares for potential sequestration

Posted December 10, 2012 by SMSgt. David Byron

The Office of Management and Budget has instructed the Department of Defense to pursue internal planning to meet required budget cuts if sequestration goes into effect Jan. 3. “We are at the very start of this process,” said Dr. George Little, acting assistant secretary of defense for public affairs, during a Pentagon press availability here,…

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Panetta memo describes possible sequestration effects

Posted December 21, 2012 by Jim Garamone

While many remain hopeful that Congress and the administration will reach a deal that avoids sequestration, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has issued a memo describing the potential implications of going over the fiscal cliff. Planning for the effects of an across-the-board cut in defense spending as part of the Budget Reduction Act of 2011…

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Air Force implements civilian hiring freeze

Posted January 18, 2013 by SSgt. David Salanitri

Air Force senior leaders directed a force-wide hiring freeze among other workforce actions in a memorandum sent to senior commanders Jan. 16. The actions are part of the Air Force’s efforts to pursue reversible or recoverable steps to avoid impacts to core readiness caused by the looming possibility of sequestration and budgetary shortfalls. Civilian pay…

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Hagel: Accountability key factor to defense management

Posted February 1, 2013 by Jim Garamone

Accountability is at the heart of managing the Defense Department, former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel told the Senate Armed Services Committee Jan. 31. Hagel, President Barack Obama‚Äôs choice to succeed retiring Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, provided eight hours of testimony to the Senate panel. Senators asked Hagel how he will manage the largest institution…

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Sequestration would demonstrate failure of resolve

Posted February 15, 2013 by SFC Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

If Congress fails to de-trigger the sequestration mechanism in budget law that will impose across-the-board defense spending cuts March 1, it could demonstrate to allies and enemies that the United States lacks the resolve, Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter said Feb. 14. Testifying before the Senate Appropriations Committee, Carter warned of the consequences of…

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