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Improved batteries, SWIPES to lighten Soldiers’ load

Posted May 8, 2012 by by Dan Lafontaine

A soldier treks through treacherous terrain in a dangerous combat zone with a rucksack filled with meals ready-to-eat, first-aid gear, weapons, ammunition, radios and batteries. The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command is lightening the Soldier’s load by developing...

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Air Force innovation

Posted May 8, 2012 by by Major Angela O'Connell

COTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill., (AFNS) — Lt. Gen. Robert R. Allardice, Air Mobility Command’s vice commander, was among a panel of educators and civic leaders in St. Louis on April 27 to discuss the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or better known as STEM, education to an audience of teachers, parents...

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Air Combat Command confident in F-22

Posted May 7, 2012 by by TSgt. Amy Robinson

Gen. Mike Hostage, commander of Air Combat Command, talked with media here April 30 about the national security imperative for the F-22, the status of efforts to identify a root cause for unexplained physiological incidents, and risk mitigation efforts since the Raptor’s return to flying...

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Tactical communications network backbone heads into operational test

Posted May 7, 2012 by by Kyle Bond

Warfighter Information Network-Tactical, known as WIN-T, Increment 2 is nearing the finish line as it heads into its largest operational test this month. WIN-T Increment 2 is a major upgrade to the Army’s tactical communications backbone and provides an on-the-move network that reaches down to the company level for the first time. “This mobile network…

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GAO look sat F-22 modernization program

Posted May 4, 2012 by by Marti Jaramillo

The Government Accountability Office was recently asked to examine the history of modernization programs of many of its fighter and attack aircraft and make comparisons with the F-22A modernization program, which will develop and retrofit new capabilities onto a complex stealth aircraft through 2023. Programs examined and compared included the F-15, F-16 and F/A-18. GAO…

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Marine Corps F/A-18 simulator hits the road in Japan

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With the evolution of the virtual-training environment, the Marine Corps recently relocated an F/A-18C Hornet Tactical Operational Flight Trainer to Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan. “The Marines at Iwakuni...

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Aircraft Spotlight: AH-64 Apache Helicopter

Posted May 4, 2012 by by Marti Jaramillo

The AH-64 Apache, the world’s premier twin-engined Army attack helicopter, was designed to be an extremely tough survivor under combat. The prototype Apache made its first flight Sept. 30, 1975, as the YAH-64, and in 1976, Hughes received a full-scale development contract. In 1982, the Army...

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Uncovering the colorless core of the Army’s network

Posted May 3, 2012 by by Amy Walker

The name may sound like some super hero power taken from the pages of a comic book, but the “colorless core” is carrying the Army’s network into the future, enabling Soldiers to send information across the...

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Navy to christen USNS Cesar Chavez

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The Navy will christen and launch the dry cargo/ammunition ship the USNS Cesar Chavez, May 5, 2012, during a 7:30 p.m., PDT, ceremony at the General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard in San Diego. The ship is named to honor prominent civil rights activist Cesar Chavez, who served in the Navy during World War II. Juan M….

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Speckles, completes the last UAV flight in Iraq

Posted May 2, 2012 by by Chandra Lloyd

A 38-pound unmanned aerial vehicle with a 10- foot wing span takes center stage as being the last UAV to take off and land in Iraq. Dubbed Speckles, the unmanned aerial vehicle system was a collaboration of...

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