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F-35A reaches ‘huge milestone’ in program development

Posted September 7, 2012 by Chrissy Cuttita

Air Force officials begin their F-35A Lightning II Operational Utility Evaluation Sept. 10, an instrumental step in beginning joint strike fighter pilot and maintenance training for the service. Two 33rd Fighter Wing pilots from Elgin Air Force Base, Fla.; along with two Air Force test pilots, will conduct the review expected to last approximately 65…

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General assesses progress, momentum in Afghanistan

Posted September 6, 2012 by by Karen Parrish

Less than a week before the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, a senior U.S. officer assigned to NATO’s International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan said each such observance “serves to remind me of why we are here.” Army Lt. Gen. James L. Terry, commander of ISAF Joint Command, spoke Sept. 5 with Pentagon reporters…

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Partners, innovation help Pentagon deal with budget cuts

Posted September 6, 2012 by by Cheryl Pellerin

The Defense Department is dealing with long-term budget reductions by working more closely with international partners and continuously improving performance, the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics told an international audience Sept. 5. Frank Kendall delivered the opening address, titled International Partnerships for Coalition Success, at ComDef 2012, a conference of government and…

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Defense contractor pays $1.15 million over bid allegation

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A Colorado defense contractor has agreed to pay $1.15 million to settle allegations that it improperly got information about a competitor’s bid for two contracts for the top-secret National Reconnaissance Office, federal prosecutors said Sept. 4. Paragon Dynamics Inc., of the Denver suburb of Aurora, was accused of getting copies of bid information from Raytheon,…

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Navy signs specification document for the Ohio replacement submarine program

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The Navy formalized key ship specifications for both the United States’ Ohio Replacement and United Kingdom’s Successor Programs in a document signed Aug. 31 at the Washington Navy Yard. Rear Adm. Thomas J. Eccles, chief engineer and deputy commander Naval Systems Engineering Directorate, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) and Capt. William J. Brougham, Ohio Replacement…

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AFOSR forging new international collaborations

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As part of an ongoing effort to expand the horizon of scientific knowledge through international liaison and leadership, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research in collaboration with Australian National Fabrication Facility organized a Program Review to explore U.S./Australia basic science collaborations in Materials and Nanotechnology. “This effort was made possible by joint interagency and…

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U.S. commander: Stealth fighters `100 percent’ safe

Posted September 5, 2012 by by Eric Talmadge

The deployment of a dozen F-22 stealth fighters to Japan has so far gone off without a hitch as the aircraft are being brought back into the skies in their first overseas mission since restrictions were imposed over incidents involving pilots getting dizzy and disoriented, a senior U.S. Air Force commander told the Associated Press…

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Budget cuts loom over plans for F-35 at Nellis

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The potential for defense budget cuts and layoffs at Lockheed Martin loom over plans to deliver the first F-35 fighter jets to Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., early next year, though no decision has been announced about which programs might get cut and where. The base in southern Nevada is set to get 36 Joint…

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Concerns persist over ex-SEAL’s bin Laden raid book

Posted September 5, 2012 by by Amaani Lyle

Defense Department officials continue to weigh their legal options against a former Navy SEAL who may have revealed classified information in a book he wrote about the Osama bin Laden raid, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said in a news conference Sept. 4. On Aug. 30, the Defense Department sent an advisory letter of material…

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Edwards aircrew take virtual jump into parachute training

Posted September 5, 2012 by by Jet Fabara

For years, aircrew personnel at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., have had the opportunity to train in virtual simulators that mimic real-life scenarios that occur during flight.....

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