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America successfully completes contractor trials

Posted April 8, 2015 by PO2 Ryan Riley

Navy photograph by PO2 Jonathan A. Colon The amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) is underway off the coast of San Diego preparing for final contract trials. America is the first ship of its class and is optimized for Marine Corps aviation. The Navy’s newest amphibious assault ship, USS America (LHA 6), completed final…

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U.S. Navy kicks off naval engagement activities with Vietnam

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The U.S. Navy began the sixth annual Naval Engagement Activity with the Vietnam People's Navy April 6, as both nations celebrate the 20th anniversary of diplomatic relations in 2015.

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Army photograph by Capt. Jesse Paulsboe
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Army accepts 100th Apache ‘Echo’ model

Posted April 6, 2015 by timchisham

Army photograph by Capt. Jesse Paulsboe Soldiers, from the 1-229th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., became the first in the Army to field the latest version of the AH-64 Apache attack helicopter, Feb. 21, 2013. In late March, the Army accepted delivery of the 100th AH-64E Apache helicopter. The “Echo” model is…

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Missile testing unit validates strategic deterrent

Posted April 6, 2015 by by A1 Ian Dudley

The 576th Flight Test Squadron, which conducts Minuteman III launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., holds the unique distinction as the sole intercontinental ballistic missile test unit in the Department of Defense.

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Air National Guard photograph by Amn. Ashlyn J. Correal
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Polar Growl strengthens allied interoperability, bomber navigation skills

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Two pairs of B-52 Stratofortresses completed simultaneous, round-trip sorties from their U.S. bases of Minot Air Force Base, N.D., and Barksdale Air Force Base, La., to the Arctic and North Sea regions, respectively, April 3.

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Reaper deploys live weapons on maritime training target

Posted April 3, 2015 by by SrA. Thomas Spangler

An MQ-9 Reaper successfully hit a sea-going target with an AGM-114 Hellfire missile during a joint service training exercise over the Gulf of Mexico March 17. This was the first time a remotely piloted aircraft hit a maritime target. “It was the first time we had put live weapons into boats and participated in maritime…

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Six more women qualify for Ranger School

Posted April 3, 2015 by Lisa Ferdinando

Six more women have qualified to attend the first Army Ranger course to include women, bringing to 12, the number of female soldiers eligible for the elite school.

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Army photograph by Sgt. Christopher McCullough
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Sensors key to preserving battlefield edge, expert says

Posted April 3, 2015 by by David Vergun

While modernization programs across the Department of Defense have shrunk, science and technology involving sensors and other capabilities has not - at least not yet, Dr. Mike Grove said.

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1,000th F-35 training sortie flown at Luke AFB

Posted April 1, 2015 by

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Staci Miller A pilot from Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., flew the 1,000th F-35A Lightning II training sortie March 31, 2015. The 56th Fighter Wing is the fastest F-35 wing to reach the 1,000-sortie milestone in the Defense Department. The 56th Fighter Wing at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., flew…

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DARPA uses open systems to boost airpower

Posted April 1, 2015 by Cheryl Pellerin

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is unveiling a new program to boost U.S. air superiority by separating payloads such as weapons and sensors from the main air platform, and using open-system architectures to seamlessly integrate plug-and-fly modules into any kind of platform. The program, called System of Systems Integration Technology and Experimentation aims to…

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