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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 AEDCís 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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DOD officials detail $1 billion in space program savings

Posted April 29, 2013 by SFC Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

Senior Defense Department officials testified April 25 before Congress highlighting the activities the department has undertaken to save an estimated $1 billion and provide a balanced national security space program. Gil I. Klinger, deputy assistant secretary of defense for space and intelligence, and Douglas L. Loverro, deputy assistant secretary of defense for space policy, appeared…

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DOD makes progress to meet nuclear treaty requirements

Posted May 10, 2013 by Donna Miles

The Defense Department is on track to meet the requirements of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, as it also modernizing its ballistic missile defense capabilities, a senior defense official told Congress May 9. Madelyn R. Creedon, assistant secretary of defense for global strategic affairs, told the House Armed Services Committee’s Strategic Forces Subcommittee the…

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Army’s 2014 modernization plan prioritizes Soldiers in fight

Posted May 29, 2013 by David Vergun

Army photograph by SSgt. Elvis N. Umanzor The CH-47 Chinook helicopter will be getting upgrades for its F and G models under the proposed fiscal year 2014 Army Equipment Modernization Plan and the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle is replacing the Vietnam-era M113 armored personnel carrier in phases. Shown here, Soldiers from the 8th Cavalry Regiment, 4th…

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Afghan forces take security lead for entire nation

Posted June 19, 2013 by by Jim Garamone

Afghans now are in the lead for security throughout their country, and this inflection point points the way toward a stable nation, the commander of NATO and U.S. forces in Afghanistan said June 18. Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. told Pentagon reporters via a phone hook-up from the Afghan capital of Kabul that…

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Army scientists research new technologies for rapid, accurate detection capabilities

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Trafalgar Scientific photograph The U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., evaluated the 3M Clean Trace Surface ATP technology, which met the criteria scientists were looking for: simple, compact and cost-efficient. The device tests for the presence of adenosine triphosphate, which can indicate the presence of a biological agent. First responders…

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