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Senators seek cost cuts for F-35 fighter jet; Pentagon says its priciest program improving

Posted June 21, 2013 by

WASHINGTON Senators sought cost-cutting opportunities Wednesday in the Pentagonís $400 billion program for the next-generation F-35, a fighter jet with a troubled testing record that military leaders said America couldnít afford not to build. Chairing the hearing, Sen. Dick Durbin lamented that the F-35 already has cost taxpayers billions more than what Congress signed up…

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Military burn pits may endanger health

Posted July 12, 2013 by Kevin Freking

A military camp in Afghanistan continues to use open-air burn pits to dispose of its solid wastes, potentially endangering the health of the nearly 13,500 people working there and violating the Pentagon’s own regulations and guidance, federal investigators say. The Defense Department has said burn pits should only be used as a temporary last resort…

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Air Force looks to collaborate with public

Posted July 31, 2013 by

For the first time in its history, the U.S. Air Force is seeking input from the public to help solve three real-world, unclassified projects. Known as “The Air Force Collaboratory,” the Air Force’s newest STEM initiative goes live Thursday on www.airforce.com/collaboratory. The educational online platform will offer the public an opportunity to engage with Airmen….

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Eglin AFB F-35 fleet exceeds 2K sorties, training presses on

Posted August 16, 2013 by Maj. Karen Roganov

Airmen and Marines assigned to the F-35 Integrated Training Center at the 33rd Fighter Wing, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., have consistently flown successful training sorties

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Forest Service ends military firefighting aircraft activation

Posted September 6, 2013 by

Officials from the U.S. Forest Service, through the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho, have decided to end current military C-130 Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System operations as of the end of the day Sept. 5. MAFFS aircraft and crews remain available for recall if the wildland fire situation dictates, U.S. Northern Command officials said….

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Oklahoma. gov. tells Guard to deny same-sex benefits

Posted September 20, 2013 by Sean Murphy

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has ordered the National Guard to stop processing requests for military benefits for same-sex couples, her office confirmed Sept. 17, despite a Pentagon directive to do so. Fallin spokesman Alex Weintz said the governor was following the wish of Oklahoma voters, who approved a constitutional amendment in 2004 that prohibits giving…

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Army’s top logistician remains ‘cautiously optimistic’ on Afghanistan withdrawal

Posted October 9, 2013 by SFC Raymond J. Piper

The Army's top logistician told members of the House Armed Services Committee Oct. 2 he remains "cautiously optimistic" that the Army will complete its withdrawal from Afghanistan.

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U.S., Romania begin work on Aegis Ashore missile defense complex

Posted November 1, 2013 by Vince Little

Top U.S., Romanian and NATO officials broke ground OCt. 28 on a new ballistic missile defense facility being built to boost regional stability and strengthen the alliance’s collective security stance. The high-profile ceremony signaled the start of construction for the Aegis Ashore complex, the second stage of the three-part European Phased Adaptive Approach to ballistic…

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Unmanned aircraft maintenance partnership to increase production

Posted November 27, 2013 by Micah Garbarino

The Air Force Sustainment Center, or AFSC, at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., and General Atomics reached a partnership agreement Nov. 9, for the maintenance of unmanned aircraft systems, or UAS, including the Predator/Reaper and the Army’s version, the “Gray Eagle.” The an enterprise-level, public-private agreement, signed by Lt. Gen. Bruce Litchfield, †the AFSC commander,…

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First Dutch F-35 pilot takes to skies

Posted December 20, 2013 by 1st Lt. Hope Cronin

The first Netherlands pilot took to the skies over Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Dec. 18, in the F-35A Lightning II, making the Netherlands the second partner country to operate the fifth-generation multirole fighter.

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