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Navy’s third Joint High Speed Vessel launched

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USNS Millinocket (JHSV 3) successfully launched, June 5, from the Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Ala. The third joint high speed vessel is a versatile, non-combatant, transport ship that will be used for fast intra-theater transportation of troops, military vehicles and equipment. “This launch is an important achievement for the program, as it’s the first…

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Fanning becomes acting Air Force secretary

Posted June 24, 2013 by

Under Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning became the acting secretary of the Air Force June 21, succeeding Michael Donley, who departed the position after more than five years.

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Fanning makes first visit to Nellis, Creech AFBs

Posted July 12, 2013 by A1C Joshua Kleinholz

Air Force photograph by SrA. Matthew Lancaster Acting Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning speaks to Airmen about Air Force concerns during an all call July 8, 2013, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Fanning came to visit with Airmen at Nellis and Creech AFBs and answer questions they may have. Acting Secretary of…

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Navy awards $1.9 billion for fourth phase of P-8A production, readies for first deployment

Posted August 2, 2013 by

The U.S. Navy announced July 31 the award, to Boeing Defense and Security Systems, of a $1.9 billion firm fixed-price-contract for the procurement of 13 Low Rate Initial Production Lot 4 P-8A Poseidon Multi-Mission Maritime aircraft.

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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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Vigilant Eagle continues closer U.S.-Russian cooperation

Posted August 26, 2013 by Donna Miles

Beginning Aug. 27, fighter jets from the North American Aerospace Defense Command and the Russian air force will scramble to track and intercept “hijacked” aircraft during an air defense exercise viewed as a steppingstone toward closer military-to-military cooperation in additional areas. Vigilant Eagle 13 kicked off Aug. 26, with scenarios that present the United States,…

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Northrop Grumman ready for full rate production of Freedom 350 as U.S. Army’s vehicular radio

Posted September 13, 2013 by

Following successful completion of an extensive series of tests, trials, demonstrations and an initial production run, Northrop Grumman said it stands ready to commence full rate production of its Freedom 350 radio to fully satisfy the U.S. Army’s acquisition effort for the Mid-Tier Networking Vehicular Radio. The company also said recent demonstrations show that its…

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Affordable Care Act will impact federal civilian employees

Posted September 30, 2013 by Gloria Kwizera

Starting in January, all individuals must maintain minimum health care coverage for themselves and all dependents claimed on their federal tax return, or must qualify for an exemption. Those who do not will be charged a penalty beginning with their 2014 federal tax return. Under, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Public Law 111-148…

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Wing surpasses 2,000 sled test missions

Posted October 21, 2013 by

The 96th Test Wing at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., recently reached a historic testing milestone this summer.

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Welsh: Air Force will resist requirements drift in new bomber

Posted November 15, 2013 by Jim Garamone

The Air Forces long-range strike bomber program continues to ramp up, and senior leaders are determined that the platform will come in on budget and on time, the services top officer told the Defense Writers Group today. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III told the group that any change to the…

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