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Future USS Jackson launches, marks production milestone

Posted December 16, 2013 by

Navy illustration by Jay M. Chu An artistsí rendering of the littoral combat ship USS Jackson (LCS 6). The future USS Jackson (LCS 6) launched from the Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Ala., Dec. 14, marking an important production milestone for the littoral combat ship program. Jackson joins the future USS Milwaukee (LCS 5), which…

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Navy expands sonar testing despite troubling signs

Posted December 16, 2013 by Julie Watson and Alicia Chang

The U.S. Navy plans to increase sonar testing over the next five years, even as research it funded reveals worrying signs that the loud underwater noise could disturb whales and dolphins. Reported mass strandings of certain whale species have increased worldwide since the military started using sonar half a century ago. Scientists think the sounds…

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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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Budget woes cause Air Force to refine funding priorities

Posted December 16, 2013 by Jim Garamone

Budget battles here are causing tectonic shifts in the Air Force, the service’s leaders said during a Pentagon news conference Dec. 13. Acting Air Force Secretary Eric Fanning and Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, the Air Force chief of staff, said that even with some relief from sequestration, the service will pay the bills via…

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Air Force envisions smaller force to preserve readiness

Posted December 16, 2013 by Amaani Lyle

Discussing upcoming budgetary variables during a Pentagon news conference Dec. 13, the Air Force’s top civilian leader for the past six months addressed the inevitability of a smaller force. Acting Air Force Secretary Eric Fanning, who is returning next week to his position as undersecretary of the Air Force following today’s Senate confirmation of Deborah…

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Corps commander: Sequestration bites into readiness

Posted December 13, 2013 by Donna Miles

Strapped for operating funds due to sequestration, yet charged with providing ready forces to support the U.S. rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region, the I Corps commander said he is channeling the resources he has where it matters most: into training junior troops and developing future leaders. Sequestration has hit I Corps “pretty significantly,” Army Lt….

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DARPA takes robots to disaster mitigation trials

Posted December 13, 2013 by Cheryl Pellerin

Next week, 17 teams will take their multi-limbed, capable-looking robots through eight realistic disaster-response tasks that will make up the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Robotics Challenge Trials Dec. 21-22 at Florida’s Homestead-Miami Speedway.

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Air Force’s top officer outlines tough budget decisions

Posted December 13, 2013 by Amaani Lyle

With sequestration cemented as law into the foreseeable future, the Air Forces top officer Dec. 11 discussed some tough choices the service faces as its leaders try to pare $12 billion from the budget. In the final session of the Joint Chiefs of Staff series at the American Enterprise Institute here, Air Force Chief of…

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DARPA pioneers tactical mobile devices for soldiers

Posted December 11, 2013 by Cheryl Pellerin

DARPA photograph An International Security Assistance Force soldier on patrol in a remote forward location in Afghanistan uses a secure mobile handheld device. For the first time in any war, U.S. soldiers on foot patrol across Afghanistan can use secure mobile handheld devices and infantry-tailored apps to access digital maps, set up and share routes,…

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AF announces additional force management programs to reduce force size

Posted December 11, 2013 by

Air Force leaders announced force management programs Dec. 11 designed to reduce the force by thousands of Airmen over the next five years as a result of sequestration. Fiscal 2014 force management initiatives are in addition to the announcement made in July, stating the Air Force will implement several force management programs to meet budget…

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