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C-130T digital cockpit modifications complete

Posted September 9, 2013 by

Navy photograph The Navy accepted the final C-130T Hercules aircraft updated with digital cockpit modifications from BAE Systems this August. This final delivery culminates the overhaul of 19 C-130T aircraft, which transitioned from obsolete analog gauges into the digital age. Each aircraft is now equipped with a Garmin GNS 480 GPS, an Electronic Flight Bag,…

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DOD identifies units for upcoming Afghanistan rotation

Posted September 25, 2013 by

The Department of Defense Sept. 24 identified six units to deploy as part of the upcoming rotation of forces operating in Afghanistan. The scheduled rotation involves elements of two infantry brigade combat teams – one with roughly 1,830 personnel (4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division) and one with roughly 2,000 personnel (2nd Brigade…

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Reservists, National Guard members wait for training funds

Posted October 11, 2013 by Lisa A. Ferdinando

The Army Reserve and the National Guard say they are on standby to see what happens in Congress, as they wait for the resumption of funding for inactive and active-duty training, or IDT and ADT. The cancellation of the IDT and ADT training is affecting readiness and hurting the soldiers, said Capt. Eric Connor, deputy…

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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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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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Eight teams earn DARPA funds for 2014 robotics finals

Posted December 28, 2013 by Cheryl Pellerin

Eight robots took their first steps into the future, Dec. 21, 2013, at a racetrack complex near Miami, one that scientists at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency envisioned for them as the world watched the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster unfold in 2011.

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PACOM keys capabilities to 21st-century Asia-Pacific

Posted January 24, 2014 by Cheryl Pellerin

America’s rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region is on track, and U.S. Pacific Command is staying on top of the growing sophistication of today’s weapon systems in what Pacom commander Navy Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III calls “the most militarized region in the world.” Locklear briefed the press at the Pentagon Jan. 23 on Pacom’s progress…

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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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DOD takes holistic view of slowing military compensation growth

Posted February 24, 2014 by Jim Garamone

The Defense Department can no longer put off slowing the growth of military personnel costs, and the fiscal year 2015 budget request DOD is recommending to the president begins that process, defense leaders said here today. Saying they are ready to take on the hard task of curbing growth in compensation, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel…

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Investigation board determines cause of KC-135 crash in May

Posted March 17, 2014 by

The U.S. Air ForceAir Mobility Command has released the results of an accident investigation that examined what caused the May 3, 2013, crash of a KC-135 Stratotanker in the Kyrgyz Republic. The crew of three, en route from the Transit Center at Manas to Afghanistan on a combat aerial refueling mission, perished in the mishap….

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