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Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System completes successful intercept flight test

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The Missile Defense Agency, U.S. Pacific Command, and U.S. Navy sailors aboard the USS Lake Erie (CG 70) successfully conducted an operational flight test of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense system, resulting in the intercept of a medium-range ballistic missile target over the Pacific Ocean by the Aegis BMD 4.0 Weapon System and a Standard…

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Despite budget crunch, JLTV purchase plans remain unchanged

Posted October 28, 2013 by C. Todd Lopez

Despite budget cuts, furloughs, sequestration, continuing resolutions, ongoing changes in force structure, and a government shutdown, both the Army and Marine Corps are committed to buying the same amount of Joint Light Tactical Vehicles they initially set out to purchase.

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U-2 Program Office helps eliminate DCS

Posted November 18, 2013 by

Thanks to the U-2 Program Office at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., Air Force pilots flying the “Dragon Lady” no longer experience decompression sickness during their high-altitude flights. Commonly referred to as DCS, decompression sickness is caused by the formation of nitrogen bubbles in the blood and tissue following a sudden drop of air pressure….

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CSAF outlines joint strike fighterís value

Posted December 16, 2013 by Jim Garamone

On the day that Lockheed-Martin delivered its 100th F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter to the Air Force, the services leaders today marked the milestone and outlined the aircrafts value. The F-35 will be delivered to Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., where it will serve as the first training aircraft for pilots of the fifth-generation…

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Unmanned demo aircraft exceeds 10,000 combat flight hours

Posted January 13, 2014 by

Navy photograph The Navyís unmanned RQ-4A Broad Area Maritime Surveillance Demonstrator (BAMS-D) surpassed 10,000 flight hours in December 2013 in support of operations in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. Now entering its sixth year of deployment, BAMS-D provides intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance support to the fleet and is†used to collect lessons learned for…

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Royal Australian Air Force touches down for Red Flag 14-1

Posted February 3, 2014 by

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jason Couillard A Royal Australian Air Force 77th Squadron F/A-18 Hornet prepares to land Jan. 23 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The RAAF is at Nellis to participate in Red Flag 14-1 Jan. 27 to Feb. 14. Red Flag 14-1 is an air-to-air combat training exercise…

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Sun sets on Red Flag 14-1

Posted February 14, 2014 by Airman 1st Class Joshua Kleinholz

For the last two weeks the skies over Las Vegas have been constantly alive; a living, breathing, anthem of airpower signifying Red Flag is at full throttle.

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Quadrennial Review’s focus is protecting homeland

Posted March 7, 2014 by Nick Simeone

Two countries that have long concerned the United States in terms of national security – North Korea and Iran – are mentioned first in the 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review, a document that a senior Defense Department official told reporters this week has a renewed emphasis on protecting the homeland. The congressionally mandated review of national…

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Navy decommissions USS Miami

Posted March 28, 2014 by Lt. Timothy Hawkins

The Navy formally decommissioned Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Miami (SSN 755), March 28, during an indoor ceremony at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine. Past and present crew members, their families and other invited guests attended the event. “Admiral, the watch is secured,” reported Miami’s skipper Cmdr. Rolf Spelker to Submarine Group 2 commander…

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F-35 on time to replace previous tactical aircraft

Posted April 11, 2014 by SSgt. Torri Ingalsbe

The F-35 Lightning II will enhance combat capabilities, project U.S. power and deter potential adversaries, Air Force officials told members of the Senate Armed Services Committee’s subcommittee on tactical air and land forces in a hearing on tactical aircraft programs there, April 8.

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