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F-22 scientific board findings announced pilot safety is priority

Posted April 3, 2012 by by Mitch Gettle

Air Force leaders provided an update on the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board study into the F-22 Raptor life support systems and flight operations during a briefing in the Pentagon March 29. Retired Gen. Gregory Martin, an aviator and a former commander of two major commands, chaired the nine member SAB team which studied the…

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Officials reaffirm Pentagon’s commitment to F-35

Posted March 30, 2012 by

Estimated costs for the F-35 joint strike fighter have increased over the life of the program, but the Defense Department is working to contain cost growth and remains committed to the fifth-generation fighter, defense officials said March 29. Frank Kendall III said during confirmation testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee that cost overruns for…

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KC-46 program may experience delays

Posted March 30, 2012 by

Only one year into its development, the Air Force’s KC-46 program may experience delays and technical challenges as they try to incorporate three advanced military technologies into the commercial Boeing 767 airliner, which is the basis for the new KC-46 refueling air tanker. The Government Accountability Office, an investigative arm of Congress, recently stated in…

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U.S. Army Tropic Regions Test Center puts MRAP through its paces

Posted March 29, 2012 by

During the worst years of the Iraqi insurgency, the mine-resistant, ambush protected vehicle was developed to protect American soldiers from the destructive power of roadside bombs and other improvised explosive devices. U.S. Army…

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U.S. remains committed to F-35 program

Posted March 29, 2012 by by SFC Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta March 27 reaffirmed the Defense Department’s commitment to the F-35 joint strike fighter program and to ensuring it remains within the defense strategy’s budget. The secretary spoke at a news conference following a meeting with Mexican and Canadian defense leaders in Ottawa, Canada. “As part of the defense strategy that…

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Army’s upgraded tactical communications network passes cold weather test

Posted March 29, 2012 by

Even after being frozen overnight at negative 35-degree temperatures in the severe winter conditions of Alaska, the elements of the Army’s second-generation tactical communications network backbone were up and running.

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Lockheed Martin F-35A completes first night refueling mission

Posted March 27, 2012 by

The first night refueling in the history of the Lockheed Martin F-35 program was completed March 22 at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. Piloted by U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Peter Vitt, AF-4, an F-35A conventional takeoff and landing variant, rendezvoused with an Air Force KC-135 tanker and…

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DOD needs industry’s help to catch cyber attacks

Posted March 27, 2012 by

The Defense Department needs private-sector cooperation in reporting computer network attacks in real time to stop what has been the “greatest transfer of wealth in history” that U.S. companies lose to foreign hackers, the head of U.S. Cyber Command told a Senate committee March 27. Army Gen. Keith B. Alexander, who also is the National…

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Final Combat Talon I undergoes PDM

Posted March 27, 2012 by

In two weeks, the last MC-130E Combat Talon I will complete its final phase of programmed depot maintenance at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., before departing for its final run from the flight line. The Combat Talon I fleet has been at Robins for PDM since the 1990s. The program was transferred from…

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Army sees 10,000 CROWS manufactured

Posted March 27, 2012 by

The Army is marking the manufacture of the 10,000th M153 Common Remotely Operated Weapons Station, known as CROWS. The CROWS system allows a weapon such as the M2 .50-caliber machine gun to be mounted atop a vehicle, such as the Humvee, and be targeted and fired remotely from…

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