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Pentagon releases first annual acquisition report

Posted July 10, 2013 by Karen Parrish

A recently completed defense acquisition program report, which is now before Congress, is part of a data-driven effort to find out what’s working best in equipping the nation’s military and to fix what isn’t, the Pentagon’s undersecretary of acquisition, technology and logistics said in an interview with American Forces Press Service. Frank Kendall said the…

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Air Force firefighting aircraft repositioned

Posted July 10, 2013 by Lt. Col. Robert Carver

Air Force photograph by SSgt. J. Breeden A 302nd Airlift Wing C-130, outfitted with a Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System, taxis along the Peterson Air Force Base runway preparing to assist with firefighting efforts throughout the Colorado Springs region June 12, 2013. MAFFS is designed to assist ground firefighting crews by dispersing fire retardant agents,…

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Dempsey calls on DOD leaders to mitigate sequester effects

Posted July 10, 2013 by Jim Garamone

Sequestration is causing problems in the Defense Department, but military and civilian employees are working together to get through this period, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said July 9. In a videotaped message to the department posted on his Facebook page, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey said that solid leadership at all…

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P-8A passes initial operational test, evaluation

Posted July 8, 2013 by

After an extensive testing period, the U.S. Navy announced July 1 in an Initial Operational Test and Evaluation report that its new patrol and reconnaissance aircraft, P-8A Poseidon, was found “operationally effective, operationally suitable, and ready for fleet introduction.”

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Army scientists research new technologies for rapid, accurate detection capabilities

Posted July 8, 2013 by

Trafalgar Scientific photograph The U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., evaluated the 3M Clean Trace Surface ATP technology, which met the criteria scientists were looking for: simple, compact and cost-efficient. The device tests for the presence of adenosine triphosphate, which can indicate the presence of a biological agent. First responders…

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P-8A Poseidon fires Harpoon, hits mark

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After approximately six minutes of flight time, one of NAVAIR’s test aircraft successfully launched a Harpoon missile during a live fire event June 24 in California at the Navy’s Point Mugu Sea Test Range and scored a direct hit on a Low Cost Modular Target.

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Air Force leaders stand behind civilians during tough furlough times

Posted July 8, 2013 by

Acting Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III send the following furlough message to the airmen of the United States Air Force: As you all know, Department of Defense civilian furloughs begin this week. With few exceptions, our civilian airmen face involuntary furlough one…

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Army leaders discuss NIE path ahead at Industry Day

Posted July 2, 2013 by

As the Army’s first brigade combat team deploys to Afghanistan with a suite of new communications gear that came together at the Network Integration Evaluation, or NIE, senior leaders met with industry to discuss how future NIEs will continue to drive technology forward. The NIE 14.2 Industry Day, held June 25, emphasized the significance of…

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Army spells out long-term plan for equipping force after drawdowns

Posted July 2, 2013 by David Vergun

Army photograph Army photograph Soldiers of the 1099th Transportation Detachment load Mine-Resistant, Ambush Protected vehicles aboard ship from the Middle East headed to the U.S. A lot of MRAPs in Afghanistan are not as lucky, as shipping costs are prohibitive, making it more affordable to destroy them in theater. One of the tasks now facing…

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Luke AFB F-16 crashes, pilots safely eject

Posted June 28, 2013 by

An F-16 fighter jet with the 309th Fighter Squadron, Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., crashed shortly before 7 p.m. in a field just west of the base.

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