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Balance key to fiscal 2015 budget reductions, Hagel says

Posted February 10, 2014 by Jim Garamone

Balance is the key to handling budget reductions for the next fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Feb. 7. Hagel has to cut $41 billion from the presidentís planned fiscal 2015 budget request, scheduled to be released March 4, and Pentagon planners are working with the White House and the…

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NAVAIR charts a new course in virtual worlds

Posted February 10, 2014 by

Courtesy Photo NAVAIR Leadership Development Program participants meet in a 3-D virtual world to chat about current leadership topics. NAVAIR uses virtual world technology in a variety of ways to increase collaboration and learning. Imagine engineers, program managers, shipyards, Sailors and Marines designing aircraft, analyzing parts, creating new tactics, training and models all together in…

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Unmanned QF-4 crashes near Holloman

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An unmanned QF-4 Aerial Target assigned to the 82nd Aerial Target Squadron, Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., crashed Feb. 7. The crash site is located inside the White Sands National Monument, which was closed in advance of the test mission. The cause of the crash is unknown at this time, and the incident is under investigation….

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Welsh thanks Edwards Airmen, talks keys to AF success

Posted February 7, 2014 by Kenji Thuloweit

Air Force photograph by Edward Cannon Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III talks to Team Edwards about current issues and future challenges involving the service Jan. 30 in the base theater. Almost a thousand Airmen, government civilians and contractors filled the base theater to hear Air Force Chief of Staff Gen….

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Local improvement projects culminate in new fuel metering station on Edwards

Posted February 7, 2014 by Kenji Thuloweit

While T-38s took to the Edwards skies, down on the ground a group of contractors, base civil engineers and members of the Defense Logistics Agency officially opened up the new Kinder Morgan Metering Station Facility with a ribbon cutting ceremony Jan. 22.

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Remotely piloted aircraft flies first long-duration test using repurposed satellite

Posted February 7, 2014 by Russ Mayes

Using a repurposed commercial satellite, Air Force crews flew MQ-1 Predators and MQ-9 Reapers from Creech Air Force Base, Nev., during multiple missions in November and December. A test team with the 53rd Test Management Group, Detachment 4 and led by Lt. Dan Broyles successfully demonstrated inclined orbit satellite capability for MQ-1 and MQ-9 to…

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New AC-130J completes first test flight

Posted February 7, 2014 by Samuel King Jr.

After more than a year of modification maintenance, the newly created AC-130J Ghostrider took to the skies for the first time as a gunship at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Jan. 31.

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Air Force to replace aviator locator beacons

Posted February 7, 2014 by SSgt. David Salanitri

The Air Force will replace thousands of unreliable aircraft personnel locator beacons across the fleet, a service official said Jan. 16. Locator beacons are an automated method used to locate an aviator should he or she eject or egress in peacetime flights, said Col. Aaron Clark, the Global Power Programs Directoratedeputy director for Air Force…

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Navy probes cheating allegations at nuke reactor school

Posted February 7, 2014 by Jim Garamone

About 30 of 150 watch-standers at the Navyís Charleston Nuclear Power Training Unit in South Carolina are being investigated for alleged cheating on a written qualification exam, the chief of naval operations said Feb. 4. The incident came to light yesterday, and Navy officials are taking quick action to investigate the situation and apply corrective…

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NAWCWD develops forward-firing miniature munition ‘in-house’

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With the success of a forward-firing miniature munition, also known as Spike, the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division at China Lake, Calif., proved that the government can procure and deliver sophisticated guided missiles at a much lower cost than it is currently experiencing.

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