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Space mission undergoes restructure, moves to ACC

Posted April 3, 2013 by

Critical Air Force missions continue from their current locations after the April 2 restructure of Air Force Space Command’s Space Innovation and Development Center at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo. The SIDC restructure and realignment of subordinate organizations is part of the Air Force response to meet future challenges by balancing and realigning like missions…

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DOD scrubbing money pot to reduce furloughs, Carter says

Posted April 17, 2013 by Karen Parrish

Pentagon leaders from Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on down are looking for ways to reduce the pending civilian employee layoffs known as furloughs, Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter said April 16. Under the departmentís current plan, more than 700,000 civilian employees will receive furlough notices in early May notifying them of furloughs to begin in…

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DOD report: North Korea still critical U.S. security threat

Posted May 3, 2013 by Cheryl Pellerin

North Korea’s pursuit of nuclear capabilities and development of long-range ballistic missile programs make it one of the most critical U.S. security challenges in Northeast Asia, according to the Defense Department’s first report to Congress on that nation’s military development. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel delivered the report, titled, “Military and Security Developments Involving the Democratic…

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Missile defense system completes successful intercept test

Posted May 17, 2013 by

The Missile Defense Agency and Navy sailors aboard the USS Lake Erie conducted a successful flight test of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense system May 15, Pentagon officials reported. In the test, the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense 4.0 weapon system and a Standard Missile 3 Block IB missile intercepted a separating ballistic missile target over…

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Navy’s third Joint High Speed Vessel launched

Posted June 7, 2013 by

USNS Millinocket (JHSV 3) successfully launched, June 5, from the Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Ala. The third joint high speed vessel is a versatile, non-combatant, transport ship that will be used for fast intra-theater transportation of troops, military vehicles and equipment. “This launch is an important achievement for the program, as it’s the first…

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Fanning becomes acting Air Force secretary

Posted June 24, 2013 by

Under Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning became the acting secretary of the Air Force June 21, succeeding Michael Donley, who departed the position after more than five years.

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First B-52 departs to depot for communications upgrade

Posted July 17, 2013 by TSgt. Mike Andriacco

Air Force photo by SrA. Micaiah Anthony TSgt. Michael Zeigler and Staff Sgt. Aaron McCullum prepare to launch a B-52H Stratofortress July 16, 2013 on Barksdale Air Force Base, La. The B-52 was sent to Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., to receive the first Combat Network Communications Technology upgrade. The change will allow aircrew to…

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Air Force supported researchers build all-optical switch, transistor

Posted August 9, 2013 by Robert P. White, Ph.D.

The control of a single photon – the elementary quantum carrier of light and all forms of electromagnetic radiation – is seen as the Holy Grail of quantum computing. If researchers could effectively make a photon do the work of a switch, or a transistor, it would be a revolutionary achievement with regard to telecommunication…

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Vigilant Eagle continues closer U.S.-Russian cooperation

Posted August 26, 2013 by Donna Miles

Beginning Aug. 27, fighter jets from the North American Aerospace Defense Command and the Russian air force will scramble to track and intercept “hijacked” aircraft during an air defense exercise viewed as a steppingstone toward closer military-to-military cooperation in additional areas. Vigilant Eagle 13 kicked off Aug. 26, with scenarios that present the United States,…

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Northrop Grumman ready for full rate production of Freedom 350 as U.S. Army’s vehicular radio

Posted September 13, 2013 by

Following successful completion of an extensive series of tests, trials, demonstrations and an initial production run, Northrop Grumman said it stands ready to commence full rate production of its Freedom 350 radio to fully satisfy the U.S. Army’s acquisition effort for the Mid-Tier Networking Vehicular Radio. The company also said recent demonstrations show that its…

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