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X-47B operates aboard Theodore Roosevelt

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Navy photograph by Seaman Anthony N. Hilkowski The experimental X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstrator conducts an arrested landing aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Theodore Roosevelt is the third carrier to test the tailless, unmanned autonomous air craft’s ability to integrate with carrier environment. The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstrator…

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U.S. Navy celebrates delivery of 3,000th Tactical Tomahawk missile

Posted November 13, 2013 by

Navy photograph In a landmark event, Raytheon Missile Systems recently delivered the 3,000th Tactical Tomahawk (TACTOM) missile to the U.S. Navy. The U.S. Navy marked a significant milestone Nov. 5, as the service joined defense contractor Raytheon Missile Systems in celebrating the delivery of the 3,000th Tactical Tomahawk) missile. TACTOM, also known as Tomahawk Block…

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Acquisitions chief seeks system improvements, not reform

Posted November 8, 2013 by SFC Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

The Pentagonís acquisitions chief Nov. 7 discussed the state of the defense acquisitions system and methods the Defense Department, working with industry, can use to improve it. I put out a document a few months ago the defense acquisitions system first annual report, Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics told an…

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Service chiefs testify on risks of sequestration

Posted November 8, 2013 by Amaani Lyle

As they face the prospect of another year of deep cuts to their budgets, the militarys service chiefs testified Nov. 7 before the Senate Armed Services Committee on the impact sequestration is having on the ability to organize, train and equip their service members. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno, Chief of Naval Operations…

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Lab improving combat capability by developing more energy-efficient systems

Posted November 6, 2013 by David Vergun

Technologies are being developed and tested that enable soldiers to focus more on mission and less on logistics and resupply, said Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment.

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AFRL engineers conduct rain erosion testing

Posted November 6, 2013 by

Materials and coatings created for aerospace systems that travel at high rates of speed are repeatedly exposed to rain droplets could make the systems, materials and coatings susceptible to damage or erosion. Engineers from the Air Force Research Laboratory Materials and Manufacturing Directorate’s Systems Support Division conducted testing on mission critical components for a Navy…

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Hagel: Six priorities shape future defense institutions

Posted November 6, 2013 by Cheryl Pellerin

Air Force photograph by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel speaks at the Center for Strategic and International Studies Global Security Forum Nov. 5 in Washington, D.C. In the months since the 2012 defense strategic guidance first reflected a new budget reality, Pentagon officials and military leaders have been working on the department’s…

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Air Force researchers demonstrate energy resiliency in mission critical environment

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Energy security is critical to the Air Force’s war fighting capability. The 2013 Air Force Energy Strategic Plan identifies priorities and goals to secure a strategic energy advantage. These include resilience, demand reduction, supply assurance, and an energy-aware culture. The Air Force Research Laboratory’s Advanced Power Technology Office is working to achieve these goals through…

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Unprecedented dual intercept success for MEADS at White Sands Missile Range

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  The Medium Extended Air Defense System intercepted and destroyed two simultaneous targets attacking from opposite directions during a stressing demonstration of its 360-degree air and missile defense capabilities at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. The flight test achieved all criteria for success. All elements of the MEADS system were tested, including the 360-degree MEADS…

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Air Force’s oldest Osprey retires

Posted November 6, 2013 by SrA. Kentavist P. Brackin

The Air Force's oldest CV-22 Osprey, Tail #21, made its final departure from Hurlburt Field, Fla., Nov. 4.

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