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Lightning strikes through the clear skies of Nellis

Posted April 10, 2013 by Staff Sgt. Michael Charles

Air Force photograph by Senior Airman Brett Clashman U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Benjamin Bishop, 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron director of operations, inspects the exhaust of an F-35A Lightning II before a training mission April 4 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The F-35A is assigned to the 422nd TES and its modern engine…

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Lasers bring new urgency to electric power research

Posted April 26, 2013 by David Smalley

In the wake of the recent announcement that laser weapons will be put on U.S. Navy ships, the need for reliable, high-voltage shipboard power has become a matter of national security, officials said at this week’s Electric Ship Technologies Symposium outside Washington, D.C. The Office of Naval Research (ONR)-sponsored event featured some of the world’s…

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C-5M undergoes ‘super’ upgrade at Edwards

Posted May 10, 2013 by Jet Fabara

Air Force photograph by Jet Fabara The silhouette of an aircrew member from the 9th Airlift Squadron can be seen as they prepare to remove a power cart from a C-5M Super Galaxy for a test sortie April 26, 2013, in support of C-5M Super Galaxy Block 3.5.2 software upgrade testing. The C-5M Block 3.5.2…

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Air Force OCC chopper retires

Posted May 29, 2013 by SSgt. Hillary Stonemetz

Air Force photograph The Orange County Chopper on display at its new home at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. After more than five years of service, one of the Air Force’s mobile marketing assets, the F-22 Raptor-themed chopper, retired and moved to its new home in the National…

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Officials weigh resource priorities during sequester

Posted June 17, 2013 by Amaani Lyle

In light of recent budget woes, Defense Department officials are weighing resource priorities and moving toward the decision phase for the fiscal year 2014 budget, a Pentagon official said at the National Defense Industrial Association National Logistics Forum June 14. During the strategic choices management review designed to plan a timeline over the next five…

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Air Force leaders stand behind civilians during tough furlough times

Posted July 8, 2013 by

Acting Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III send the following furlough message to the airmen of the United States Air Force: As you all know, Department of Defense civilian furloughs begin this week. With few exceptions, our civilian airmen face involuntary furlough one…

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KC-46 critical design review nearing completion

Posted July 19, 2013 by

The Air Force and Boeing successfully conducted the KC-46 critical design review, or CDR, from July 8-10 at the Boeing facility in Mukilteo, Wash. The KC-46 weapon system CDR was the culmination of nine months of component and sub-system design reviews, which blended the best practices of both the commercial and Department of Defense frameworks….

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Navy celebrates 100th AARGM delivery

Posted August 9, 2013 by Navy photograph

  Rear Adm. Mat Winter speaks at the 100th Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile delivery event Aug. 5 at the Naval Air Weapons Station in China Lake, Calif. Less than a year ago, the Navy awarded a Full Rate Production contract to ATK for the production of the missiles for the U.S. Navy and Italian Air…

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Airmen perform first weapons load verfication on F-35A

Posted August 31, 2013 by Lt. j.g. Lisa Lill

After months of preparation the weapons troop Standardization Load Crew from the 33rd Maintenance Group performed the first munitions load verification on the F-35A Lightning II at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Aug. 27.

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In U.S. arsenal, lessons for Syria chemical weapons

Posted September 16, 2013 by Josh Lederman

Three decades after the United States started destroying its own chemical weapons, the nation’s stockpile stands at more than 3,000 tons – about three times what the U.S. now says Syrian President Bashar Assad controls. Taken together, the remaining U.S. arsenal weighs about as much as three dozen Boeing 737s loaded for takeoff. And while…

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