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Soldiers at NIE run network equipment through life-like combat scenarios

Posted November 26, 2012 by C. Todd Lopez

Testing networked equipment in a lab ensures functionality, but only a field evaluation with soldiers ensures it will work as designers intended in an operating environment. At Fort Bliss, Texas, and on its training ranges just north of the border in New Mexico, Soldiers with the 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division, completed Network Integration Evaluation…

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Army developing next-generation surveillance aircraft

Posted December 10, 2012 by Kris Osborn

Army scientists, engineers and program developers are making substantial progress building and integrating a technically sophisticated battlefield surveillance aircraft called Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System in a laboratory at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., service officials said. The initial task, now underway at Aberdeen’s Joint Test and Integration Facility, is aimed at engineering and…

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Real-world projects prepare students for future flight test

Posted December 21, 2012 by Laura Mowry

When students arrive at the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School, they enter as the top operational pilots, navigators and engineers from the Air Force, sister services and allies. After completing the intense year-long master’s program, they emerge as the next generation of elite test professionals that will handcraft war-winning capabilities of the future. The…

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Morin talks sequestration, near-term budget actions

Posted January 18, 2013 by SSgt. David Salanitri

The acting under secretary of the Air Force described how the nation’s fiscal challenges are affecting the service to a group of civic and industry leaders in Arlington, Va., Jan. 15. Dr. Jamie Morin spoke to members of industry, the Air Force, the Air Force Association and media as part of AFA’s monthly breakfast program…

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SMA explains way ahead for women in combat

Posted February 1, 2013 by David Vergun

Army photograph by David Vergun Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III recognizes soldiers for their achievements during his visit, Jan. 29, 2013, to the the Noncommissioned Officer Academy in Charlottesville, Va. During his visit with the NCOs, he fielded a number of questions, including one on his views of women in combat….

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Magnetic levitation track reaches new world record in speed

Posted February 15, 2013 by A1C Daniel E. F. Liddicoet

The 846th Test Squadron at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., successfully performed its most ambitious test to date on the magnetic levitation track at here, Feb. 7. Members of the 846th were able to use the Maglev track in conjunction with a new propulsion system to reach an astounding speed of more than 500 miles…

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AF leaders warn of sequester impacts on replacing an aging fleet

Posted March 4, 2013 by SSgt. David Salanitri

Two senior Air Force leaders warned last week of the impacts sequestration and a continuing resolution will have on the service’s acquisitions and programs. Lt. Gens. Michael Moeller, the deputy chief of staff for strategic plans and programs, and Charles Davis, the military deputy, office of assistant secretary of the Air Force acquisitions, testified to…

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Edwards begins F-35 operational testing

Posted March 15, 2013 by Laura Mowry

Air Force photograph by Laura Mowry Edwards entered a new phase of testing on the F-35 Lightning II program March 6 with the arrival of the first two operational test aircraft. The aircraft were flown by Lt. Col. Steven J. Tittel, 31st Test and Evaluation Squadron commander and Maj. Matthew L. Bell, 31st TES Operations…

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Air Force to implement force structure changes

Posted March 29, 2013 by Jennifer Cassidy

The Air Force released its plan March 28 to implement force structure changes mandated by the Fiscal Year 2013 National Defense Authorization Act. The bill authorized the service to complete actions approved in previous years, such as aircraft retirements, and directed execution of Congressionally-approved force structure actions. Some of these changes were outlined in the…

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AEDC prepares for an acceptance test in the Space Threat Assessment Testbed facility

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Air Force photograph by Jacqueline Cowan Capt. Nicolas Bauer (right) and 2nd Lt. Akshay Tripathi, in the AEDC Space and Missile Test division, install a microsatellite in AEDC√≠s new Space Threat Assessment Testbed to conduct an initial site acceptance test. The initial site acceptance test is the equivalent to the halfway point of mission capability….

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