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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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AF officials announce fiscal 2014 civilian workforce shaping

Posted December 11, 2013 by

The Air Force will reduce the size of its civilian workforce by about 900 positions in addition to maintaining approximately 7,000 vacancies across the force to meet the demands of a constrained fiscal 2014 budget, officials announced. Specific reductions by location have not been determined. The Air Force will implement civilian workforce shaping initiatives, along…

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Navy honors F/A-18 for 35 years of distinction

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NAVAL AIR STATION PATUXENT RIVER, Md. ó The F/A-18 Hornet community celebrated the 35th anniversary of the aircraftís first flight during a ceremony Dec. 9 in the Rear Adm. William A. Moffett building atrium at Naval Air Station Patuxent River. Md. Sponsored by the F/A-18 and EA-18G Program Office (PMA-265), the celebration highlighted the accomplishments…

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New sortie record for Eglin F-35s

Posted December 6, 2013 by Andy Poulastides

A United Kingdom F-35 Lightning II breaks left out of a formation flight with other F-35 aircraft over Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Dec. 4. The joint-program reached a new single-day record for F-35 sorties Dec. 4 with 45 training missions between all three models of the aircraft. The Marine B-model completed 32 of the…

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3D electronic printing holds promise of various applications for Soldiers

Posted December 6, 2013 by Audra Calloway

As researchers at Picatinny Arsenal explore the potential of 3-dimensional printing, they envision the potential to embed a radio antenna on the side of a Soldier’s helmet, or print sensors directly onto a weapon or even an article of clothing. Over the past few years, advancements in 3D printing have enabled scientists to print items…

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