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Pentagon ending buys of Russian-made helicopters

Posted November 15, 2013 by Richard Lardner

The U.S. Defense Department said Nov. 13 it is canceling plans to buy additional cargo helicopters from the Russian arms export agency that has supplied Syrian President Bashar Assad’s military forces with arms and ammunition. The additional 15 Russian-built Mi-17 helicopters were to be purchased next year at a cost of $345 million and then…

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New contracting agency stand up increases AF flexibility

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The Air Force Installation Contracting Agency officially stood up during a transition ceremony at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, Nov. 13. Following manpower cuts last year, Air Force leaders designed AFICA, a field operating agency that reports directly to the deputy assistant secretary for contracting, to ensure bases around the world receive the installation contracting…

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Evolving NIEs help shape Army’s future network

Posted November 15, 2013 by Nancy Jones-Bonbrest

U.S. forces in Afghanistan, equipped with the Army's first network capability set, are using it to stay connected as they carry out their advise-and-assist missions in austere conditions.

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CSAF: Air Force must modernize despite budget woes

Posted November 15, 2013 by Jim Garamone

Budget concerns affect every aspect of the Air Force, but the service must continue to modernize, the service’s chief of staff told the Defense Writers Group here Nov. 12. In forming the defense strategy, the service chiefs have to take resources into consideration, Air Force Gen. Mark A. Welsh III said. “To some extent, numbers…

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Test, evaluation squadron receives first Guardian Angel Air-Droppable Rescue Vehicles

Posted November 15, 2013 by A1C Jason Couillard

The 88th Test and Evaluations Squadron at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., received the first set of Guardian Angel Air-Deployable Rescue Vehicles in the Air Force's inventory Nov. 12.

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Welsh: Air Force will resist requirements drift in new bomber

Posted November 15, 2013 by Jim Garamone

The Air Forces long-range strike bomber program continues to ramp up, and senior leaders are determined that the platform will come in on budget and on time, the services top officer told the Defense Writers Group today. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III told the group that any change to the…

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Manage defense spending through better buying power, not sequestration

Posted November 15, 2013 by Ashton B. Carter

It was a little over three years ago that then-Secretary of Defense Bob Gates foresaw correctly that the days of increasing defense budgets were coming to an end. The nation confronted a looming fiscal crisis, and, as he famously put it in a speech at the Eisenhower Library, “The gusher has been turned off and…

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Northrop Grumman wins Enterprise Air Surveillance Radar study

Posted November 13, 2013 by

Northrop Grumman has been selected by the U.S. Navy to conduct a study that explores the replacement of the SPS-48 and SPS-49 air surveillance radars currently on board U.S. Navy amphibious ships and aircraft carriers. The $6 million, 18-month Enterprise Air Surveillance Radar Study, sponsored by the Office of Naval Research under its Integrated Topside…

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Ford christening connects president to Navy roots

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With the strike of a bottle of sparkling wine across the bow by the ship's sponsor, the Navy christened its newest aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), the lead ship of the new Gerald R. Ford class, Nov. 9, in a ceremony at Huntington Ingalls Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Va.

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X-47B operates aboard Theodore Roosevelt

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Navy photograph by Seaman Anthony N. Hilkowski The experimental X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstrator conducts an arrested landing aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Theodore Roosevelt is the third carrier to test the tailless, unmanned autonomous air craft’s ability to integrate with carrier environment. The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstrator…

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