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Upgraded Apache helicopter OK’d for production

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The Defense Acquisition Board decision regarding full-rate production for the Apache Block III helicopter program was announced Oct. 24, by Army officials at a briefing in Washington, D.C. Additionally, Apache project manager Col. Jeffrey Hager confirmed that the Apache Block III is being re-designated as an AH-64E model. The announcement event was attended by 20…

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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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F-35 celebrates 500th sortie as program grows

Posted November 7, 2012 by Maj. Karen Roganov

The Air Force’s premier fighter, the F-35 Lightning II, surpassed its 500th sortie only 16 days after reaching the 400 mark and only 238 days from the beginning of the program. Maj. Matthew Johnston of the 58th Fighter Squadron at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., completed the 500th combined sortie for both the F-35A and…

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Army adapting to face ‘deep future’ threats

Posted November 7, 2012 by Janeene Yarber

During the recent 2012 Association of the United States Army’s Annual Meeting and Exposition, members of the Institute of Land Warfare’s “Thinking Past Tomorrow – Where is the Army Going?” panel described the Army of the future, with a focus on the concepts and capabilities needed to meet future unknown threats. “We, as an Army,…

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Official describes sequestration’s ‘devastating’ impact

Posted November 5, 2012 by SFC Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

A senior Pentagon official Nov. 5 reflected on his past service in a hollow military as a precautionary tale to lawmakers to prevent sequestration from devastating the Defense Department’s budget. Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, shared his perspective as a former Army officer while speaking to an audience during the…

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Army leaders say ‘agile’ force needed for uncertain future

Posted November 5, 2012 by Kris Osborn

The Army is taking a series of strategically minded and carefully crafted steps to position the force for a full range of potential mission scenarios in an unpredictable, yet challenging and fast-changing future operating environment, service leaders said Oct. 22. Lt. Gen. John F. Campbell, the Army’s deputy chief of staff, G3/5/7, led a panel…

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U.S. Air Force struggles with aging fleet

Posted November 5, 2012 by Eric Talmadge

For decades, the U.S. Air Force has grown accustomed to such superlatives as unrivaled and unbeatable. These days, some of its key combat aircraft are being described with terms like geriatric, or decrepit. The aging of the U.S. Air Force, a long-simmering topic in defense circles, made a brief appearance in the presidential debates when…

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Joint Predator training takes to sky

Posted November 5, 2012 by SFC Lori A. Kuczmanski

Army photograph by SFC Lori A. Kuczmanski Sgt. Matthew Hyland, imagery analyst with Company A, Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, watches live video feed from a Predator Unmanned Aeriel Vehicle flying high above the desert skies during Network Integration Evaluation 13.1, Oct. 24, 2012. The Air Force flew the aircraft…

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AFRL played major role in historic near-space jump

Posted November 5, 2012 by Michael P. Kleiman

For more than nine minutes Oct. 14, an international audience watched as Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner egressed from a capsule 128,000 feet above the earth and fell toward the planet reaching speeds of 834 miles per hour, to become the first person to break the sound barrier outside of a vehicle. When Baumgartner safely touched…

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Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules variants declared ‘mission capable’ after Air Force testing

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The Lockheed Martin HC-130J Combat King II and the MC-130J Commando II aircraft have been certified as “Effective, Suitable and Mission Capable” by the Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center. The U.S. Air Force is currently recapitalizing the HC, MC and AC-130 gunship fleets with new C 130J variants. The HC-130J is the personnel…

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