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Army’s manufacturing improvements yield lighter body armor

Posted August 31, 2013 by by Dan Lafontaine

  Soldiers facing rugged terrain and extreme temperatures are continually searching for ways to reduce the weight of their gear. In a search for solutions to this persistent issue, U.S. Army scientists and engineers have preliminarily demonstrated body armor that is 10 percent lighter through new manufacturing processes. The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering…

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KC-46 progress hinges on requirements, funding stability

Posted September 18, 2013 by A1C Alexander W. Riedel

An Air Force official Sept. 17 announced production and high-priority upgrade plans to refresh its fleet of KC-135 Stratotankers. In a presentation at the at the Air Force Associations 2013 Air & Space Conference & Technology Exposition, Maj. Gen. John Thompson, the Air Force program executive officer for tankers, outlined continued progress in the cargo…

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Army develops lightweight ballistic protection for aircraft

Posted October 4, 2013 by Heather R. Smith

Army photograph The Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center Prototype Integration Facility designed, qualified, fabricated and installed a prototype of an enhanced Ballistic Protection System for the cabin of the UH-60 Black Hawk aircraft. Army tactics and training are constantly changing to meet the threat on the battlefield, and one such example is…

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Holloman tests new warhead on high-speed track

Posted October 28, 2013 by Army SFC Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

The Defense Department announced Oct. 24 the successful testing of an advanced conventional precision effects warhead, a critical part of a national effort to establish a conventional prompt strike capability. This capability will contribute to the country to defend its interests with precision weapons at hypersonic speeds. During an interview with American Forces Press Service,…

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Paladin hybridizes for future fleet

Posted November 18, 2013 by Marie Berberea

Army photograph The Paladin Integrated Management fires during testing at Yuma Proving Ground, Ariz. The PIM program recently received approval to manufacture and produce the Paladin hybrid weapon system. Fires Center of Excellence Capabilities Development and Integration Directorate at Fort Sill, Okla., is celebrating a major victory after the Paladin Integrated Management program received Milestone…

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Budget woes cause Air Force to refine funding priorities

Posted December 16, 2013 by Jim Garamone

Budget battles here are causing tectonic shifts in the Air Force, the service’s leaders said during a Pentagon news conference Dec. 13. Acting Air Force Secretary Eric Fanning and Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, the Air Force chief of staff, said that even with some relief from sequestration, the service will pay the bills via…

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DARPA programs create new future for space, director says

Posted January 13, 2014 by Cheryl Pellerin

Space is critical to understanding the planet and how the United States safeguards national security, but the costs and difficulties of reaching the domain have slowed U.S. effectiveness in space, the director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency said Jan. 13.

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Navy to christen second Mobile Landing Platform

Posted January 31, 2014 by

The Navy will christen Mobile Landing Platform John Glenn Feb. 1, during a 10 a.m., PST, ceremony in San Diego, Calif. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert, will deliver the ceremony’s principal address.   Lyn Glenn, daughter of Sen. John Glenn, will serve as the ship’s sponsor. The future USNS John Glenn (MLP 2),…

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SecAF outlines plan to address ‘systemic problems’

Posted February 14, 2014 by SFC Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James shared her observations from her visit with airmen across the ICBM community following revelations of a proficiency-test cheating scandal at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont., last month. Speaking to an audience at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, James discussed her visits to bases in Wyoming, North Dakota,…

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Program executive officer describes F-35 progress

Posted March 7, 2014 by Amaani Lyle

Progress remains steady in the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter’s operational testing, reprogramming, fueling, and stand-up training, the F-35 program executive officer told an audience at Aviation Week’s Defense Technologies and Requirements Conference March 4. Air Force Lt. Gen. Christopher C. Bogdan said software development is a key factor as the program progresses. Software…

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