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Budget request balances today’s needs against tomorrow’s threats

Posted February 2, 2015 by Jim Garamone

The president’s fiscal year 2016 budget request of $534 billion protects America today, while positioning the U.S. military to face the threats of tomorrow, Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) and Chief Financial Officer Mike McCord said. McCord spoke about the budget request in advance in a Jan. 29 interview at the Pentagon. He emphasized that…

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Air Force identifies platform for next Air Force One

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Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James, in coordination with Frank Kendall, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, has determined the Boeing 747-8 will serve as the next presidential aircraft, commonly known as Air Force One, Air Force officials announced Jan. 28. “The presidential aircraft is one of the most visible…

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Binding material to save Osprey engines

Posted February 2, 2015 by Ryan Stark

The 58th Special Operations Wing has a plan to mitigate aircraft engine damage that happens during training missions using a biodegradable binding material at practice landing zones.

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AFRL announces winners of student satellite competition

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Students representing 10 universities competed for the chance to send a satellite they designed and built into space.

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DOD moves data to cloud to lower costs, improve security

Posted February 2, 2015 by Cheryl Pellerin

The Defense Department is moving its data to the cloud, driven by cost reductions, technical efficiencies and security considerations, Acting Chief Information Officer Terry Halvorsen told military and industry leaders gathered in Washington, D.C., Jan. 29. Halvorsen’s office hosted the first of what it characterized as a series of DOD CIO Cloud Industry Days –…

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Army equips Stryker unit with new communications technology

Posted February 2, 2015 by Nancy Jones-Bonbrest

The Army's Stryker vehicle, designed to quickly move soldiers into a combat zone, is swift and mobile. Now its communications equipment will be, too.

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Cope South experts exchange knowledge, techniques

Posted January 30, 2015 by 1st Lt. Jake Bailey BAF Base

The flight line here at exercise Cope South 15 is usually a flurry of activity every morning, with maintainers firing up auxiliary power units and loadmasters finalizing their cargo plan.

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Air Force names 2-star to lead F-35 Integration Office

Posted January 30, 2015 by SSgt. Torri Ingalsbe

With the initial operating capability date of the F-35 Lightning II quickly approaching, the Air Force appointed Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Harrigian as the director of a larger Air Force F-35 Integration Office, Feb. 1. In addition to gaining new leadership, the F-35 Integration Office will also grow from a staff of four to 12 and…

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Air Force risks becoming too small to succeed under sequestration

Posted January 30, 2015 by TSgt. Natalie Stanley

During testimony on Capitol Hill Jan. 28, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III stressed the negative impact sequestration will have on future Air Force capabilities, emphasizing further budget cuts will lead to low morale and declined readiness in the Air Force.

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USS Elrod is decommissioned

Posted January 30, 2015 by Ens. Mary C. Senoyuit

Placed into commission nearly 30 years ago, the guided-missile frigate USS Elrod (FFG 55) was decommissioned Jan. 30 during a Naval Station Norfolk ceremony, led by Cmdr. Brad Stallings, commanding officer.

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