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Army’s Ultra Light Vehicle now in survivability testing

Posted December 2, 2013 by C. Todd Lopez

Two of the three vehicles in the Army’s “Ultra Light Vehicle” program have now entered survivability testing in Nevada and Maryland, to evaluate both their blast and ballistic protection capability. The third vehicle remains at the Army’s Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center, known as TARDEC, for testing there. The TARDEC began development of…

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Apache ‘Guardian’ wins praise from pilots

Posted December 2, 2013 by David Vergun

The newest model of the Apache helicopter, the AH-64E Apache Guardian, was delivered to Soldiers in January. Since that time, pilots of 1st Squadron, 229th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, have had nothing but praise for it, said Lt. Col. John P. “Pat” Davis, the battalion commander, who said the pilots flew the helicopter during a period…

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First P-8A Poseidons report for duty

Posted December 2, 2013 by Lt. Andrew Orchard

The Navy's newest, most advanced maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft, the P-8A Poseidon, arrived in Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan for its inaugural deployment Dec. 1.

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Last ‘new’ Phantom returns to service

Posted December 2, 2013 by Ashley M. Wright

Air Force photograph by SrA. Christopher Reel The final, of 314 QF-4s produced since 1998, landed at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. Nov. 19. It will be used as an unmanned-full-scale-aerial target during training exercises. The 82nd Aerial Target Squadron received the last of the “new” QF-4 aerial targets†as the Vietnam-era aircraft landed at Tyndall…

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DOD wraps climate change response into master plans

Posted November 27, 2013 by Cheryl Pellerin

The effects of climate change are already evident at Defense Department installations in the United States and overseas, and DOD expects climate change to challenge its ability to fulfill its mission in the future, according to the first DOD Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap. John Conger, the acting deputy undersecretary of defense for installations and environment…

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Senior leaders review Unified Quest ‘deep future’

Posted November 27, 2013 by C. Todd Lopez

How long should a unit be self-sufficient after hitting the ground, and why can’t the Army get immediate communications capability using local, established, commercial networks after arriving at a forward location? These were questions discussed by senior Army leaders who met Nov. 20, at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C., to discuss lessons learned…

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Unmanned aircraft maintenance partnership to increase production

Posted November 27, 2013 by Micah Garbarino

The Air Force Sustainment Center, or AFSC, at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., and General Atomics reached a partnership agreement Nov. 9, for the maintenance of unmanned aircraft systems, or UAS, including the Predator/Reaper and the Army’s version, the “Gray Eagle.” The an enterprise-level, public-private agreement, signed by Lt. Gen. Bruce Litchfield, †the AFSC commander,…

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Army purchases bird-like, micro-unmanned aerial system

Posted November 25, 2013 by David Vergun

The Army recently purchased 36 Maveric unmanned aerial systems as a result of an urgent request from Soldiers in combat.

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Hagel visits first Zumwalt-class destroyer

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BATH, Maine – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the not-yet-launched Zumwalt-class destroyer he toured Nov. 21 “represents the cutting edge of our naval capabilities.” The ship, now known as the Pre-Commissioning Unit, or PCU, Zumwalt, will become the USS Zumwalt, named for former Navy Adm. Elmo Zumwalt. Officials said the ship is about a year…

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New method of testing parachutes developed at China Lake

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Engineers and technicians from NAWCWD China Lake, Calif., and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. recently conducted the first demonstration of a new method of performing load tests on large parachutes.

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