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Space launch vehicle core purchases balance needs with lower cost, competition

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Purchasing core elements used to launch 28 rockets into space for National Security Space missions is the focus of negotiations between the Air Force and United Launch Alliance to establish a requirements contract, according to Defense Under Secretary Frank Kendall. The plan is to procure 36 Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle cores over a five-year period,…

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President signs $633 Billion Defense Authorization Act

Posted January 4, 2013 by Jim Garamone

President Barack Obama signed the $633 billion fiscal 2013 National Defense Authorization Act into law Jan. 2. The legislation, which cleared Congress last month, authorizes the department to act in any number of instances. “There are certain things that cannot be done without [the authorization act],” said a senior defense official speaking on background. The…

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Air Force begins testing new pod capability

Posted January 21, 2013 by Samuel King Jr.

Air Force photograph by Samuel King Jr. Maj. Olivia Elliott, of the 40th Flight Test Squadron, examines the LITENING II advanced targeting pod mounted on her A-10 Thunderbolt II prior to a test mission Jan. 10 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Her mission was to wrap up flight testing of the new Net-T software…

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DOD leaders: Budget deadlock could spark readiness crisis

Posted February 5, 2013 by Karen Parrish

Issuing perhaps their strongest warnings yet, Pentagon leaders Feb. 3 said the budget impasse threatens to create a military readiness crisis. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, joined in interviews, televised yesterday, with CNN’s Candy Crowley on “State of the Union” and NBC’s…

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DOD announces the Distinguished Warfare Medal

Posted February 15, 2013 by

The Department of Defense announced Feb. 13 the creation of the Distinguished Warfare Medal to recognize a service member’s extraordinary achievements directly impacting combat operations. Modern technology enables service members with special training and capabilities to more directly and precisely impact military operations at times far from the battlefield. The Distinguished Warfare Medal will be…

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Budget cuts threaten defense industrial base, official says

Posted March 4, 2013 by Cheryl Pellerin

Navy photograph by PO1 David McKee U.S. Navy hull maintenance technician fireman Ryan Renneker grinds a blank flange for a seawater cooler on one of the diesel engines aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island in the Arabian Sea, March 1, 2012. Large and sudden U.S. spending cuts and an unstable budget environment promise…

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Nellis accepts delivery of F-35 with ceremony

Posted March 20, 2013 by MSgt. Kelley J. Stewart

Air Force photograph by Lawrence Crespo Maj. Gen. Jeffery Lofgren, U.S. Air Force Warfare Center commander, provides remarks during the F-35A Lightning II arrival ceremony March 19, 2013, in the Thunderbird Hangar on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron will design the tactics for the F-35A. The squadron will also…

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A-10 fires first-ever laser-guided rocket

Posted April 3, 2013 by Samuel King Jr.

Courtesy illustration The 40th Flight Test Squadron completed another first in February when an A-10 Thunderbolt II fired a guided rocket that impacted only inches away from its intended target. The 2.75 diameter, 35-pound, laser-guided rocket is known as the fixed-wing Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System II. Before the Thunderbolt test, the rocket had proved…

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Budget challenges impacting Army readiness

Posted April 17, 2013 by David Vergun

Army photograph by Mark Cleghorn Army leaders say if sequestration, continuing resolutions and furloughs continue, equipment reset in Army depots, such as at Anniston Army Depot, Ala., could be delayed. That means that equipment will be delayed in its return to units that need it for training. Army leaders told Congress that the readiness Americans…

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The last F-4 departs Davis-Monthan

Posted May 3, 2013 by Teresa Pittman

Courtesy photograph An F-4 Phantom, tail number 68-0599, departs from the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., April 17, 2013. The aircraft was the last F-4 regenerated by AMARG in support of Air Combat Commandís full-scale aerial target program. The final F-4 regenerated from storage at the 309th Aerospace…

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