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Forest Service ends military firefighting aircraft activation

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Officials from the U.S. Forest Service, through the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho, have decided to end current military C-130 Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System operations as of the end of the day Sept. 5. MAFFS aircraft and crews remain available for recall if the wildland fire situation dictates, U.S. Northern Command officials said….

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B-2 undergoes comm upgrade

Posted September 6, 2013 by A1C Joseph Raatz

After a 20-year wait, the B-2 Spirit will receive a significant new communications upgrade.

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500th electronic tester delivered, Robins plays key part

Posted September 6, 2013 by Jenny Gordon

Robins Air Force Base, Ga., plays a vital role in managing and sustaining electronic warfare capabilities onboard weapon systems platforms across the Department of Defense. That includes management and software maintenance for the Joint Service Electronic Combat Systems Tester, which recently celebrated the delivery of its 500th unit. JSECST troubleshoots and tests electronic warfare systems…

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Air Force, Boeing finalize KC-46A tanker design

Posted September 4, 2013 by

Air Force photograph by SSgt. David Salanitri Maj. Damen Forte (right), who’s been aircrew on the KC-135 Stratotanker and the C-17 Globemaster III, is at the controls to the Air Force’s newest tanker, the KC-46, with Greg Bulkley, chief technical pilot for Boeing’s KC-46. The U.S. Air Force and Boeing have validated the final design…

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VKF modernization program reaches a milestone, ready to pave the way for next-generation flight simulation testing

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Air Force photograph by David Housch Joe Syler, Aerospace Testing Alliance outside machinist, makes an adjustment to the Ares I first stage booster model in the centerís von Karman Facilityís Tunnel B prior to the resumption of heat transfer testing. ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, TENN. ñ A team comprised of engineers, outside machinists, schedulers and…

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Official warns of continued spending cuts in next fiscal year

Posted September 4, 2013 by Nick Simeone

With the new fiscal year less than a month away, a senior Defense Department official delivered a warning Sept. 4 at a defense cooperation conference in Washington, D.C.: expect the current spending cuts triggered by sequestration to be part of the budget landscape for the foreseeable future. Elana Broitman, acting deputy assistant secretary of defense…

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California ANG deploys Predator to support firefighters

Posted August 31, 2013 by Donna Miles

With wildfires continuing to rage around Yosemite National Park, the California National Guard has deployed a remotely piloted aircraft that improves the incident commander’s ability to monitor conditions on the ground

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Aircraft deploy to California to aid firefighting effort

Posted August 31, 2013 by

The U.S. Forest Service, through the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho, has ordered the three MAFFS aircraft operating at the Boise Air Tanker Base moved to McClellan Air Tanker base near Sacramento, Calif., to assist the wildland firefighting effort in the western United States.

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Navy saves plants from extinction

Posted August 31, 2013 by PO2 Shawnte Bryan

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced they will be reclassifying two plants from endangered to threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The San Clemente Island lotus and the SCI paintbrush are two names that you nearly never heard again, unless you were talking about dinosaurs and dodo birds. The lotus and paintbrush were…

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Army’s manufacturing improvements yield lighter body armor

Posted August 31, 2013 by by Dan Lafontaine

  Soldiers facing rugged terrain and extreme temperatures are continually searching for ways to reduce the weight of their gear. In a search for solutions to this persistent issue, U.S. Army scientists and engineers have preliminarily demonstrated body armor that is 10 percent lighter through new manufacturing processes. The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering…

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