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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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Navy to christen research vessel Neil Armstrong

Posted March 28, 2014 by

May 29, the Navy will christen the Auxiliary General Oceanographic Research (AGOR) R/V Neil Armstrong (AGOR 27) during a ceremony held at the Port of Anacortes Transit Shed in Anacortes, Wash. In keeping with tradition, Carol Armstrong, the ships sponsor, will break a bottle of sparkling wine against the ship and christen it in the…

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Missile delivery marks milestone for Armament Directorate

Posted April 9, 2014 by

The Armament Directorate celebrated a milestone with the delivery of the first production lot of Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile Extended Range, or JASSM-ER, missiles to Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, recently. The JASSM and JASSM-ER variants are autonomous, long-range, highly-survivable, conventional air-to ground, precision-guided missiles. The weapons provide focused lethality to strike highly-defended, high-value targets….

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Australian air force makes home at Luke AFB

Posted May 5, 2014 by SSgt. Luther Mitchell Jr.

The buildup of F-35 operations at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., has begun, and the Royal Australian air force will soon be Luke’s first international partner to train here on the F-35A Lightning II. The 61st Fighter Squadron and 61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit will house the RAAF personnel. The goal is to build a cohesive,…

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Navy soars over desert skies during Green Flag 14-07

Posted May 30, 2014 by

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Spangler A U.S. Navy F/A-18C Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 131, Naval Air Station Oceana, Va. takes off during Green Flag 14-07, May 21 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The F/A-18C Hornet is a multirole fighter capable of carrying out both air-to-air and air-to-ground…

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DOD recovers remains of 17 from 1952 aircraft crash in Alaska

Posted June 20, 2014 by

The remains of 17 service members have been recovered from an aircraft that was lost in Alaska more than six decades ago, Pentagon officials announced June 18. On Nov. 22, 1952, a C-124 Globemaster crashed while en route to Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska, from McChord Air Force Base, Washington, with 11 crew members and…

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Air Force to highlight S&T priorities at industry event

Posted July 16, 2014 by Derek Kaufman

Air Force photograph by A1C Michael S. Dorus A B-2 Spirit flies over Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. First flight of the B-2 took place July 17, 1989. Air Force Research Laboratory investment in technologies like integrated avionics, radar and low-observables maintainability helped field the B-2. Creating tomorrow’s Air Force is a delicate balance. It…

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