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Aerial surveillance key to NATO efforts

Posted June 27, 2014 by Paul Baker

Courtesy photograph An E-3A aircraft technician works on an engine while deployed to Afghanistan in support of the International Security Assistance Force. The E-3A Component based here is an integrated, multinational, rapidly deployable asset to NATO providing airborne surveillance, command, control, and communication capabilities These are of particular significance to the unit’s key role in…

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Sun sets on Red Flag 14-3

Posted July 25, 2014 by SSgt. Siuta B. Ika

Air Force photograph by A1C Thomas Spangler The sun sets behind a row of F-16 Fighting Falcons during Red Flag 14-3, July 16, 2014, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Red Flag provides a series of intense air-to-air combat scenarios for aircrew and ground personnel, which will in turn increase their combat readiness and effectiveness…

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AF funds small business participation in research and development programs

Posted August 20, 2014 by

The Air Force is searching for innovative, technology-based small businesses to compete for Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer, or SBIR and STTR, research and development contracts. “We’re trying to foster innovative technology solutions for the warfighter and the U.S. Air Force SBIR and STTR programs ( by providing) more than $300…

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Triton has first cross-country flight from Palmdale

Posted September 19, 2014 by Rebecca Amber

Northrop Grumman photograph The MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft System takes off from Northrop Grummanís Palmdale, Calif., facility Sept. 17 for its first cross-country flight to Naval Air Station Patuxent, River, Md. PALMDALE, Calif. – The Northrop Grumman-built Unmanned MQ-4C Triton (SDD-1) left its desert testing grounds Sept. 17 and flew to Naval Air Station Patuxent…

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USS Coronado conducts dynamic interface testing with Fire Scout

Posted October 17, 2014 by

Sailors aboard USS Coronado (LCS 4) recently conducted dynamic interface testing with the MQ-8B Fire Scout Vertical Take-Off and Landing Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle NAVSEA announced Oct. 16.

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ISR aircraft hones in on strategic agility

Posted November 12, 2014 by SSgt. Torri Ingalsbe

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Eric Harris Airmen from the 361st Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron prepare an MC-12W Liberty for operations Aug. 25, 2010, on Kandahar Airfield, Afghan. The MC-12W provides full-motion video and signals intelligence to assist battlefield commanders. Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities have been in high demand from combatant commanders. In order to…

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Budget constraints to delay aircraft modernization

Posted March 23, 2012 by

Some modernization programs may be delayed, but not reduced or cancelled due to a tightening of the budget, senior Army leaders told senators March 21. Secretary of the Army John McHugh and Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno testified Wednesday morning to the Senate Appropriations…

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Panetta, Dempsey say Pentagon feels sequestration’s shadow

Posted April 17, 2012 by by Jim Garamone

The shadow of sequestration is being cast over the Defense Department, and members of Congress must act to dissipate it, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said April 16. Panetta and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, spoke about sequestration and the defense budget during a news conference at the…

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Army, Air Force conduct joint airdrop training

Posted April 22, 2012 by by SSgt. Kenneth A. Foss

Airdrops provide the means to distribute vital equipment and supplies to soldiers in isolated locations with rough terrain, inadequate delivery routes and enemy activities. The use of airdrops, as opposed to resupplying by way of ground transportation, can reduce the risk of roadside bombs and…

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Summit will deal with range of issues, NATO general says

Posted May 9, 2012 by by Jim Garamone

Afghanistan will dominate the NATO summit in Chicago later this month, but alliance leaders will deal with other issues as well, a senior NATO commander said May 8. Gen. Stephane Abrial of the French air force told the Defense Writers Group the nations’ leaders also will deal with partnership capability, “smart defense” and other matters….

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