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Test, evaluation squadron receives first Guardian Angel Air-Droppable Rescue Vehicles

Posted November 15, 2013 by A1C Jason Couillard

The 88th Test and Evaluations Squadron at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., received the first set of Guardian Angel Air-Deployable Rescue Vehicles in the Air Force's inventory Nov. 12.

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Welsh: Air Force will resist requirements drift in new bomber

Posted November 15, 2013 by Jim Garamone

The Air Forces long-range strike bomber program continues to ramp up, and senior leaders are determined that the platform will come in on budget and on time, the services top officer told the Defense Writers Group today. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III told the group that any change to the…

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Manage defense spending through better buying power, not sequestration

Posted November 15, 2013 by Ashton B. Carter

It was a little over three years ago that then-Secretary of Defense Bob Gates foresaw correctly that the days of increasing defense budgets were coming to an end. The nation confronted a looming fiscal crisis, and, as he famously put it in a speech at the Eisenhower Library, “The gusher has been turned off and…

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Northrop Grumman wins Enterprise Air Surveillance Radar study

Posted November 13, 2013 by

Northrop Grumman has been selected by the U.S. Navy to conduct a study that explores the replacement of the SPS-48 and SPS-49 air surveillance radars currently on board U.S. Navy amphibious ships and aircraft carriers. The $6 million, 18-month Enterprise Air Surveillance Radar Study, sponsored by the Office of Naval Research under its Integrated Topside…

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Ford christening connects president to Navy roots

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With the strike of a bottle of sparkling wine across the bow by the ship's sponsor, the Navy christened its newest aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), the lead ship of the new Gerald R. Ford class, Nov. 9, in a ceremony at Huntington Ingalls Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Va.

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X-47B operates aboard Theodore Roosevelt

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Navy photograph by Seaman Anthony N. Hilkowski The experimental X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstrator conducts an arrested landing aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Theodore Roosevelt is the third carrier to test the tailless, unmanned autonomous air craft’s ability to integrate with carrier environment. The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstrator…

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U.S. Navy celebrates delivery of 3,000th Tactical Tomahawk missile

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Navy photograph In a landmark event, Raytheon Missile Systems recently delivered the 3,000th Tactical Tomahawk (TACTOM) missile to the U.S. Navy. The U.S. Navy marked a significant milestone Nov. 5, as the service joined defense contractor Raytheon Missile Systems in celebrating the delivery of the 3,000th Tactical Tomahawk) missile. TACTOM, also known as Tomahawk Block…

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Acquisitions chief seeks system improvements, not reform

Posted November 8, 2013 by SFC Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

The Pentagonís acquisitions chief Nov. 7 discussed the state of the defense acquisitions system and methods the Defense Department, working with industry, can use to improve it. I put out a document a few months ago the defense acquisitions system first annual report, Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics told an…

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Service chiefs testify on risks of sequestration

Posted November 8, 2013 by Amaani Lyle

As they face the prospect of another year of deep cuts to their budgets, the militarys service chiefs testified Nov. 7 before the Senate Armed Services Committee on the impact sequestration is having on the ability to organize, train and equip their service members. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno, Chief of Naval Operations…

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Lab improving combat capability by developing more energy-efficient systems

Posted November 6, 2013 by David Vergun

Technologies are being developed and tested that enable soldiers to focus more on mission and less on logistics and resupply, said Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment.

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