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At times, even munitions must shake, rattle and roll

Posted September 13, 2013 by Cassandra Mainiero and Edward Lopez

Providing the war fighter with a variety of weapons and munitions such as a mortars and mines involves much more than whether they will function at a basic level. Will they perform as designed at various altitudes, or at extremes of hot and cold temperatures? Will they remain intact if transported over rough terrain that…

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DOD officials announce missile defense siting study

Posted September 13, 2013 by

Pursuant to the fiscal 2013 National Defense Authorization Act, the Defense Department has initiated a study to evaluate five candidate sites in the continental United States for the potential future deployment of additional ground-based interceptors, Pentagon officials announced Sept. 12. Two missile defense sites with long-range interceptor missiles already are active at Fort Greely, Alaska,…

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KC-46 tanker ‘on cost, on schedule,’ acting SecAF says

Posted September 11, 2013 by Jim Garamone

The Air Force’s KC-46 air refueling tanker project is “on cost and on schedule,” Acting Air Force Secretary Eric Fanning said here Sept. 9. In an interview with American Forces Press Service, Fanning said the program “is in a real healthy place.” The Air Force will buy 179 of the aircraft to replace the venerable…

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Successful missile defense test against multiple targets

Posted September 11, 2013 by

The Missile Defense Agency, Ballistic Missile Defense System Operational Test Agency, Joint Functional Component Command for Integrated Missile Defense, and U.S. Pacific Command, in conjunction with U.S. Army soldiers from the Alpha Battery, 2nd Air Defense Artillery Regiment, U.S. Navy sailors aboard guided missile destroyer USS Decatur (DDG-73), and U.S. Air Force airmen from the…

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Navy autonomous aerial refueling tests underway

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The Navy continues to demonstrate multiple technologies that promise to significantly increase the endurance and range of carrier-based unmanned aircraft.

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Acquisition chief discusses better buying power 2.0

Posted September 11, 2013 by Karen Parrish

The Pentagon’s chief of acquisition, technology and logistics told part of his workforce in Washington, D.C., last week about the Defense Departments initiative to drive continuous improvement in defense acquisition programs. Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall spoke Sept. 3 with engineers, contracting officers, program managers and others here about Better…

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C-130s return from fighting Western blazes

Posted September 11, 2013 by Ann Skarban

Two Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System-equipped C-130s from the Air Force Reserve Command's 302nd Airlift Wing, aircrews and maintainers returned Aug. 30 after providing support to U.S. Forest Service aerial firefighting operations in the Western U.S.

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Future Navy ops like Syria at risk by budget cuts

Posted September 11, 2013 by Lolita C. Baldor

American warships in the eastern Mediterranean Sea remain ready to strike Syria if ordered, but impending cuts in the defense budget will make that kind of operation far more difficult in the years to come, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said Sept. 11. Mabus said that even now fewer ships are going to sea, fewer Navy…

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U.S., Chinese reps stress progress in consultative talks

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Defense officials from the United States and China met in Beijing Sept. 10 and discussed how to continue the progress that has taken place in the military relationship between their countries, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said Sept. 10. In a statement summarizing the 14th annual defense consultative talks, Little said James N. Miller, undersecretary…

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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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