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Unwanted Gear: Congress slows military efforts to save

Posted April 24, 2013 by Lolita C. Baldor

Parked around the airstrip at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, are more than a dozen massive C-5A Galaxy transport planes. There is no money to fly them, repair them or put pilots in the cockpits, but Congress rejected the Air Force’s bid to retire them. So, in the weeks and months ahead, crews will tow…

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DOD report on China details military modernization

Posted May 8, 2013 by Karen Parrish

A Defense Department report released today describes China’s military modernization and the Chinese army’s interaction with other forces, including those of the United States, a senior Pentagon official said May 6. The annual report – titled “2013 Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China” – went to Congress today and covers China’s…

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Navy Triton unmanned aircraft system completes first flight

Posted May 24, 2013 by

The Navy’s newest unmanned Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance aircraft platform, the MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft System, completed its first flight from Palmdale, Calif., May 22

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Last Air Force Huey starts new mission with NY police force

Posted June 14, 2013 by SrA. Kentavist Brackin

The Air Force's last operational UH-1H Iroquois helicopter, more commonly known as Huey, was recently transferred to New York State Police's aviation unit as part of the Law Enforcement Support Organization Program at Hurlburt Field, Fla., June 5.

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Alert Reaper Airmen find IED

Posted June 28, 2013 by TSgt. Rob Hazelett

Most airmen can mentally rewind to the Combat Airman Skills Training course and recall the frustration and apprehension of not being able to locate all the improvised-explosive devices set out in the training lanes.

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Conformal battery unburdens Army’s networked Soldiers

Posted July 17, 2013 by Dan Lafontaine

The U.S. Army is developing a battery to improve Soldiers' agility on the battlefield while meeting the demands of an increased power burden stemming from new networked electronic devices.

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Same-sex spouses may get military benefits

Posted August 9, 2013 by

Same-sex spouses of military members could get health care, housing and other benefits by the end of August under a proposal being considered by the Pentagon. But earlier plans to provide benefits to gay partners who are not married may be reversed. A draft Defense Department memo obtained Aug. 7 by The Associated Press says…

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Eglin’s 40th FTS expands A-10 fuel limitations in combat

Posted August 26, 2013 by Samuel King Jr.

Air Force photograph by Samuel King Jr. An A-10C Thunderbolt II from the 40th Flight Test Squadron, moves down the runway at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The aircraft is loaded up with weaponry to test the combat carriage limits of the Sargent Fletcher external fuel tank. The A-10 flight personnel are testing to ensure…

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Acting SecAF talks future of special ops

Posted September 13, 2013 by SrA. Kentavist P. Brackin

Acting Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning spoke with more than 500 Air Commandos about the future of special operations at an all-call during his two-day visit to Hurlburt Field, Fla., Sept. 9-10.

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Space and Missile Defense Command saves Army money with low-cost ‘Zombie’ targets

Posted September 30, 2013 by Jason B. Cutshaw

The U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command has found a way to save the Army money while still providing capabilities by using low-cost targets during missile defense testing. Members of theU.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, or USASMDC/ARSTRAT, Technical Center, in support of the Program Executive Office…

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