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Missile Defense System intercepts target in test

Posted September 20, 2013 by

The Missile Defense Agency, U.S. Pacific Command and sailors aboard the USS Lake Erie conducted a successful flight test today of the Aegis ballistic missile defense system, intercepting a ballistic missile target over the Pacific Ocean. A complex separating short-range ballistic missile target was launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai, Hawaii, and…

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Shadows provide mission support from sky

Posted September 20, 2013 by Spec. Joshua Edwards

On a narrow stretch of road fashioned into a runway at Forward Operating Base Pasab, Afghanistan, soldiers with Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, Combined Task Force Dragoon, launch unmanned aircraft to safely maintain a view of the battlefield from the sky. The soldiers run 24-hour-a-day operations out of the airfield, in order to keep situational awareness…

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KC-46 progress hinges on requirements, funding stability

Posted September 18, 2013 by A1C Alexander W. Riedel

An Air Force official Sept. 17 announced production and high-priority upgrade plans to refresh its fleet of KC-135 Stratotankers. In a presentation at the at the Air Force Associations 2013 Air & Space Conference & Technology Exposition, Maj. Gen. John Thompson, the Air Force program executive officer for tankers, outlined continued progress in the cargo…

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Journey home: Final C-17 leaves Boeing for Charleston

Posted September 16, 2013 by SrA. Dennis Sloan

Air Force photograph by SrA. Dennis Sloan The sun rises above the final U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III, P-223, as crew members arrive at the Boeing plant Sept. 12, 2013, in Long Beach, Calif. The C-17 was flown from California to Joint Base Charleston, S.C. As the sun rose above Long Beach, Calif., the…

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In U.S. arsenal, lessons for Syria chemical weapons

Posted September 16, 2013 by Josh Lederman

Three decades after the United States started destroying its own chemical weapons, the nation’s stockpile stands at more than 3,000 tons – about three times what the U.S. now says Syrian President Bashar Assad controls. Taken together, the remaining U.S. arsenal weighs about as much as three dozen Boeing 737s loaded for takeoff. And while…

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Guardsmen mobilize to assist in Colorado flooding

Posted September 16, 2013 by

Army National Guard photograph by Sgt. Joseph K. VonNida Colorado National Guardsmen respond to floods in Boulder County, Colo., Sept.12, 2013. The guardsmen are working with local agencies to help citizens in the area affected by the flooding by evacuating people using high-clearance vehicles.   Nearly 100 Colorado National Guard soldiers and airmen, along with…

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Navy secretary says he’s committed to ship program

Posted September 16, 2013 by

MARINETTE, Wisc. – Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said he is committed to plans to buy more than 50 littoral combat ships despite budgetary concerns and questions about their cost. Mabus spoke Sept. 12 at Marinette Marine Corp., where four of the ships designed to operate in shallow waters are under construction, according to Press-Gazette Media….

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Army gives green light for procurement of 3rd Stryker Double-V Hull brigade

Posted September 13, 2013 by Bill Good

Army photograph The new Stryker Double-V Hull brigade will be produced using the Stryker Exchange Program, which was initiated by the Army in response to a requirement for additional DVH vehicles at a reduced overall cost. The Project Manager for the Stryker Brigade Combat Team received the approval from the Army Acquisition Executive to begin…

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Acting SecAF talks future of special ops

Posted September 13, 2013 by SrA. Kentavist P. Brackin

Acting Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning spoke with more than 500 Air Commandos about the future of special operations at an all-call during his two-day visit to Hurlburt Field, Fla., Sept. 9-10.

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Northrop Grumman ready for full rate production of Freedom 350 as U.S. Army’s vehicular radio

Posted September 13, 2013 by

Following successful completion of an extensive series of tests, trials, demonstrations and an initial production run, Northrop Grumman said it stands ready to commence full rate production of its Freedom 350 radio to fully satisfy the U.S. Army’s acquisition effort for the Mid-Tier Networking Vehicular Radio. The company also said recent demonstrations show that its…

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