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Dempsey: Sequestration will affect programs, readiness

Posted March 13, 2013 by SFC Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

The Defense Department will see effects to long-term military readiness and support programs such as the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors under sequestrationís fiscal constraints, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said March 11. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey gave remarks and fielded questions from the audience at the National League of Cities…

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Army tests new parachutes with latest body armor

Posted March 25, 2013 by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod

The Army is one step closer to marrying body armor and parachutes thanks to recent test jumps with a select few paratroopers here. In February, the Bragg-based Airborne and Special Operations Test Directorate trained two-dozen scout paratroopers with the 82nd Airborne Division’s 3rd Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, how to properly wear the new T-11 parachute…

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U.S. general: Taliban likely to be long-term threat

Posted April 8, 2013 by Robert Burns

The United States accepts that a diminished but resilient Taliban is likely to remain a military threat in some parts of Afghanistan long after U.S. troops complete their combat mission next year, the top U.S. military officer said Sunday. In an Associated Press interview at this air field north of Kabul, Army Gen. Martin Dempsey,…

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Readiness, modernization in flux, Air Force secretary says

Posted April 24, 2013 by Jim Garamone

The Air Force will see few force structure changes this year, but readiness and modernization accounts will be in flux this year and next, Air Force Secretary Michael B. Donley said April 23. The secretary also told the Defense Writers’ Group that now is the time for another base realignment and closure process. Readiness and…

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Team works to improve precision of high altitude airdrops

Posted May 8, 2013 by Patty Welsh

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Richard P. Ebsenberger Maj. Daniel Hilferty (left) and Capt. Joshua Linden (right) review the Joint Precision Airdrop System, or JPADS, data prior to an airdrop during a training mission Aug. 14, 2012, at Fort Hood, Texas. JPADS is a cargo parachute system that incorporates an onboard global positioning system able…

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F-35 ITF works towards night, weather certification

Posted May 24, 2013 by Laura Mowry

Lockheed Martin photograph by Tom Reynolds The F-35 Integrated Test Force is completing a series of night flights, testing the ability to fly the jet safely in instrument meteorological conditions where the pilot has no external visibility references. The ITF, which has the lead on all F-35 mission systems testing, is responsible for five of…

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AEDC site of choice for unique T-6 Texan II engine test

Posted June 14, 2013 by Philip Lorenz III

Air Force photograph by Rick Goodfriend A frontal view of the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-68 turboprop engine installed in AEDCís SL-1 test cell includes a special shroud to provide a simulated flight environment for the propeller. Without the shroud the propeller would create a pulse every time the blade passes at the closet point…

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Weapons Division sets world record on China Lake track

Posted June 28, 2013 by

A team of scientists and engineers at Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division China Lake, Calif., recently set a world record for producing the most thrust for a rocket sled test on the Supersonic Naval Ordnance Research Track at China Lake.

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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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