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‘Workhorse’ becomes first F-35 to achieve 1,000 flight hours

Posted June 20, 2014 by Kenji Thuloweit

AF-2, the second production F-35 Lightning II for the U.S. Air Force, became the first F-35 to reach 1,000 flight hours.

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Test Pilot School grads to embark on new horizons

Posted June 20, 2014 by Rebecca Amber

U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School Class 13B stood proudly in the base theater June 13 as Col. Lars Hoffman, USAF TPS commandant, announced the graduates of the prestigious school.

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SecAF outlines changes for nuclear force

Posted June 18, 2014 by SFC Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James outlined new incentives and measures designed to change the culture of the service’s nuclear force June 17. Following a cheating scandal involving intercontinental ballistic missile launch officers at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana, and the subsequent relief of nine officers, a commander’s retirement and 91 other airmen…

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Fire Scout conducts flight with new radar

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Navy photograph The MQ-8 Fire Scout prepares to land after its† first flight with a new maritime surface search radar June 16 at Webster Field Annex, Md. This upgrade will increase the situational awareness and threat warning in a high-traffic littoral environment.† Fire Scout’s deployment with the new radar is planned for 2015.

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DOD, Air Force leaders look to F-35 maintainers for help

Posted June 16, 2014 by Amaani Lyle

The Pentagon will continue to seek aircraft maintainer suggestions and industry partner investments to reduce operating and sustainment costs by 10 to 20 percent as F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter improvements develop, the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics said June 12, in a conference call with reporters Frank Kendall and Air…

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Whiteman B-2s train in UK

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Two B-2 Spirits flew to the U.S. European Command area of operations June 8 to train and integrate with U.S. and allied military forces in the region.

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Sophisticated simulations help provide improved weapons faster, cheaper

Posted June 13, 2014 by Ed Lopez and Cassandra Mainiero

As engineers design new weapons or modify existing ones, reducing time and money on development can be critical in providing Soldiers with improved weapons without undue delay.

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Misawa launches first Global Hawk

Posted June 13, 2014 by A1c Patrick S. Ciccarone

The RQ-4 Global Hawk made its first operational flight out of Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 6.

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DARPA’s Plan X uses new technologies to ‘see’ cyber effects

Posted June 11, 2014 by Cheryl Pellerin

Three years after the Defense Department named cyberspace a new domain of warfare, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is unveiling technologies that soon could make it possible for military leaders and warriors to plan and execute real-time cyber missions in a territory charted so far only by machines.

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Airmen, sailors build Navy mines for B-1 deployment

Posted June 11, 2014 by SrA. Yash Rojas

Airmen at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., partnered with several U.S. Navy minesmen June 2 through 7 during a joint training mission to exercise the B-1B Lancer’s capabilities in deploying Navy mines. The 28th Munitions Squadron members teamed up with midshipmen from the Naval Munitions Command Seal Beach for the first time to assist in building,…

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