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Medical official explains F-22 pilot-protection efforts

Posted May 10, 2012 by by Amaani Lyle

Air Force officials have instituted measures designed to protect its pilots, ensure mission completion and assess the possible physiological effects of flying the F-22 Raptor, the command surgeon for Air Combat Command said May 9. “The health and safety of our pilots — all of our…

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GAO reports MDA could strengthen acquisitions by reducing concurrency, improving parts quality

Posted May 10, 2012 by by Marti Jaramillo

According to the Government Accountability Office, an investigative arm of Congress, in fiscal year 2011, the Missile Defense Agency, a research, development and acquisition agency within the Department of Defense, experienced mixed results in executing its development goals and Ballistic Missile Defense System tests. The GAO did the study because the MDA has spent more…

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DOD budget request reflects tough choices

Posted May 10, 2012 by by Karen Parrish

DOD photograph by Glenn Fawcett Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, conduct a press conference in the Pentagon press briefing room, May 10, 2012. As Congress marks up the military budget, the nation’s defense leaders…

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Second-generation Aegis BMD system completes successful intercept flight test

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A Standard Missile-3 Block 1B interceptor is launched from the guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Erie during a Missile Defense Agency test in the Pacific Ocean. The SM-3 Block 1B successfully intercepted a short-range ballistic missile target…

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Welsh nominated as next CSAF

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Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta announced May 10 that the president has nominated Gen. Mark A. Welsh III to be the next chief of staff of the Air Force, succeeding Gen. Norton Schwartz, who has served in...

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Vice chiefs testify on readiness, contingency funding

Posted May 10, 2012 by by SFC Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

The services’ vice chiefs testified on readiness during a Capitol Hill hearing May 10, with most stressing the continuing need for overseas contingency operations funding. “These continue to be challenging times for our nation’s military, and we’ve been at war now for over a decade,” Army Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, Army vice chief of…

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Air Force provides aircraft pilot safety testimony to Congress

Posted May 9, 2012 by by MSgt. Raheem Moore

The military deputy in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition discussed tactical aviation programs during congressional testimony May 8. During a Senate Armed Services...

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$54.7 million awarded to universities for research equipment

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The Defense Department announced plans May 8 to award $54.7 million to academic institutions to support the purchase of state-of-the-art research equipment. The 190 awards to 100 academic institutions are being made under the Defense University Research Instrumentation Program that augments current university capabilities or develops new university capabilities to perform cutting-edge defense research. “The…

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Officials emphasize commitment to Joint Strike Fighter

Posted May 9, 2012 by by Amaani Lyle

Senior leaders from the Air Force and Navy affirmed May 8 that the F-35 joint strike fighter remains the centerpiece of the tactical aircraft program and will play a large part in the services’ ongoing modernization plans. Navy Vice Adm. David J. Venlet, F-35 Lightning II program executive officer, told the Senate Armed Services Committee’s…

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CSAF emphasizes partnership at National Security Forum

Posted May 9, 2012 by by Christopher Kratzer

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz emphasized partnership between the public and private sectors during his keynote address at the National Security Forum at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., May 7. The forum, which continues through May 11, is hosted by Air War College.

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