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Boeing begins assembly of first KC-46 tanker aircraft

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Boeing workers in Everett, Wash., June 2 loaded the first wing spar for the first U.S. Air Force KC-46A aerial refueling tanker, starting production of that aircraft and achieving another milestone toward delivering 179 tankers during the next 14 years. The KC-46A is based on the commercial 767-200ER, a proven airframe in service as an…

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Aerial firefighting continues against Rocky Mountain fires

Posted June 26, 2013 by TSgt. Stephen J. Collier

Air Force photograph by TSgt. Stephen J. Collier An air tanker “pit” crew detaches a fire retardant loading hose from an Air Force Reserve C-130 Hercules June 24, 2013, prior to the aircraft’s departure from Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. Portions of Peterson AFB’s flightline were converted into an air tanker base for aerial firefighting…

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Budget cuts mean 8,000 fewer Marines, commandant says

Posted June 26, 2013 by Karen Parrish

If sequestrationís annual spending cuts continue past this year, the Marine Corps will lose 8,000 in troop strength, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James F. Amos said June 26. ìI donít want this to happen,î the nationís senior Marine told the Defense Writers Group here. Ongoing sequester cuts will lead to readiness risks, he said, but…

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Defense Logistics Agency injects revenue into small businesses

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When small businesses struggle to navigate the world of government contracts or a government buyer seeks out responsible vendors, the Defense Logistics Agency and the Procurement Technical Assistance Centers work to bring the parties together. Funded through cooperative agreements with DLA, the PTACs have a local presence in 49 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and…

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Army tests lethality against moving targets with new software model

Posted June 24, 2013 by T'Jae Gibson

Military analysts now have a tool that brings together unprecedented modeling and simulation features to help them better choose, or build weapons to overpower future threats.

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Fanning becomes acting Air Force secretary

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Under Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning became the acting secretary of the Air Force June 21, succeeding Michael Donley, who departed the position after more than five years.

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Navy receives first F-35C Lightning II

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The U.S. Navy's Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101 received the Navy's first F-35C Lightning II carrier variant aircraft from Lockheed Martin today at the squadron's home at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.

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F-35 is backbone of Air Force’s future fighter fleet, Welsh says

Posted June 21, 2013 by MSgt. Angelita ColÛn-Francia

The Air Force’s most advanced strike aircraft, the F-35 Lightning II, is a vital capability that the nation needs to stay ahead of adversary technological gains, the Air Force chief of staff told a Senate panel, June 19. Testifying before the Senate Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Defense, Gen. Mark A. Welsh III said air superiority…

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Cost-saving pilot programs to support war fighter autonomy

Posted June 21, 2013 by Terri Moon Cronk

A call from the Defense Department to government labs for autonomous technology ideas that support the war fighter has been answered with seven initiatives. Chosen from more than 50 submissions, the selected ideas will be tested in the Autonomy Research Pilot Initiative, officials said. “We believe autonomy and autonomous systems will be very important for…

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Air Force deputy undersecretary addresses aviation industry in Paris

Posted June 21, 2013 by Maj. Beverly Mock

The Air Force deputy undersecretary of International Affairs spoke June 18 at an industry-sponsored breakfast during the 50th anniversary of the International Paris Air Show. Heidi Grant focused on how the aviation industry has evolved over time and the technological advances that have changed the face of war and bolstered readiness of our global coalition…

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