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Navy’s X-47B program ramps up flight test, readying for summer sea trials

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The X-47B unmanned combat air system is gearing up for shore-based flight test activities in preparation for the next round of sea trials this summer.

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Army announces plan to open special ops aviation positions to women

Posted May 28, 2014 by

The Department of Defense notified Congress today of the U.S. Army and U.S. Special Operations Command plan to eliminate gender restrictions within previously closed units of the U.S. Army Special Operations Aviation Command. This action involves approximately 1,300 positions. In the January 2013 memorandum rescinding the 1994 Direct Ground Combat Definition and Assignment Rule, the…

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Cadets create MRAP lift, win competition

Posted June 20, 2014 by Amy Gillentine

During the summer of 2013, the Air Force Research Laboratory had a problem that no contractor seemed able to solve.

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DOD official discusses F-35 at Farnborough Air Show

Posted July 14, 2014 by Jim Garamone

Safety is the first consideration in whether the F-35 Thunderbolt II joint strike fighter appears at the Farnborough Air Show in England this week, a senior Defense Department official said July 14. The F-35 fleet was grounded July 3 pending an investigation of an engine fire that occurred June 23 on the runway of Eglin…

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AFOSR explores basic research collaboration with South Africa

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Air Force photograph by Alea Stewart U.S.-South Africa Advanced Materials Working Group recently met in Arlington, Va., during the U.S. Joint Services and Office of the Secretary of Defense, African Technical Exchange, hosted by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. Among the attendees are (from left to right) Dr. Sofi Bin-Salamon, Program Officer, International…

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Pentagon seeks less for construction, more for conservation

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The Defense Department is asking for less money for military construction and more for energy conservation in its fiscal 2013 budget request, the deputy undersecretary of defense for installations and environment told a Senate panel March 21. Dorothy Robyn said her staff uses joint planning and rigorous analysis to ensure that the right mix of…

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Nation faces security paradox

Posted April 16, 2012 by by Karen Parrish

The world today is less violent but also more dangerous than at any other time in human history, the nation’s senior military officer told a Harvard University audience April 12. That “counterintuitive combination” of peace and potential conflict is “the essence of what I like to call the security paradox,” Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey,…

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Air Force leader: Some pilots want to avoid F-22

Posted May 2, 2012 by by Brock Vergakis

Some of the nation’s 200 F-22 Raptor pilots want to be moved into other jobs because of oxygen-deficit problems with the stealth fighter, an Air Force leader said April 30. Gen. Mike Hostage, commander of Air Combat Command at Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, Va., told reporters that a “very small” number of pilots…

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Global Strike Command leader previews B-52 upgrades

Posted May 14, 2012 by Air Force photographs by Jet Fabara

Lt. Gen. Jim Kowalski operates the combat network communications technology program on board a B-52H Stratofortress test bomber May 2, 2012, at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. The communications program is designed to bring the B-52H from the analog to the digital age…

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Guard, Reserve leaders discuss budget issues

Posted May 29, 2012 by by Amaani Lyle

The military’s reserve components remain ready and capable despite budget cuts and their transition from a strategic to operational force, senior National Guard and Reserve officials told the Senate Appropriations Committee’s defense subcommittee May 23. As the drawdown continues in Afghanistan, the Guard and Reserve will maintain deployment-ready units undeterred by force structure changes such…

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