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RQ-21A Small Tactical Unmanned Air System completes first ship-based flight

Posted February 15, 2013 by

Navy photograph The RQ-21A Small Tactical Unmanned Air System (STUAS) is recovered with the flight recovery apparatus cable on the flight deck of the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) after its first flight at sea. Mesa Verde is underway conducting exercises in the Gulf of Mexico. The Navy’s RQ-21A Small…

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Airmen build key Africa partnerships

Posted March 6, 2013 by MSgt. Stan Parker

Air Force photograph by SMSgt. Stan Parker SSgt. Daniel Borowski (left), an aerial port air adviser and TSgt. Colin Ireland (center), an aircraft maintenance air adviser, both assigned to the 818th Mobility Support Advisory Squadron, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., chat with a African partner nation exercise participant during Central Accord 2013, at the Douala Air…

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JHSV 2 successfully completes builder’s trials

Posted March 15, 2013 by

Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV) 2, the future USNS Choctaw County, conducted builder’s sea trials March 7-8, in Mobile, Ala. The ship, now under construction at Austal USA, is the second ship of the JHSV class. Builder’s trials are a significant step in the construction and delivery of a ship to the fleet and are…

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SecDef says furlough days reduced for civilians

Posted March 29, 2013 by Nick Simeone

The Defense Department has revised from 22 to 14 the number of days hundreds of thousands of civilian employees could be furloughed this year because of the budget sequester, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced March 29. In addition, a senior Defense Department official speaking on background told reporters the start of the furloughs will be…

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Department of the Navy releases fiscal 2014 budget proposal

Posted April 12, 2013 by

The Department of the Navy released April 10 its proposed $155.8 billion budget for fiscal year 2014. This budget is part of the $525 billion defense budget President Barack Obama submitted to Congress on the same day. Rear Adm. Joseph Mulloy, deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for budget, briefed media at the Department of…

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AEDC Wind Tunnel upgrade improves flexible nozzle accuracy, reliability

Posted May 1, 2013 by

Air Force photograph by Rick Goodfriend ATA Mission Support Department construction manager Dusty Kirkham conducts calibration tests on the new roll mechanism that will be used at AEDC in the Propulsion Wind Tunnelís four foot transonic wind tunnel, 4T. The roll mechanism which supports the sting, or test support arm, and the test article provides…

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Naval Air Forces commander calls X-47B catapult launch a pivotal moment in Naval aviation

Posted May 15, 2013 by

The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator completed its first ever carrier-based catapult launch from USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) off the coast of Virginia May 14.

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NAVAIR pilots learn to take a breath

Posted May 31, 2013 by

Navy photograph Marine Corps Maj. Kevin Ryan undergoes oxygen deprivation training while operating Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Divisionís Manned Flight Simulator at Patuxent River Naval Air Station. It can strike without warning, robbing a pilot of the ability to think clearly or react as he or she flies through the air at supersonic speeds….

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Wireless spectrum essential to defense operations, official says

Posted June 19, 2013 by Claudette Roulo

The Defense Department depends on the wireless spectrum for nearly all of its activities, the DOD chief information officer said in Washington, D.C., June 18. Essentially, everything at the Defense Department is connected to the network, Teri Takai told attendees at a Washington Post forum. In an effort to ensure commanders are fully informed of…

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Pentagon releases first annual acquisition report

Posted July 10, 2013 by Karen Parrish

A recently completed defense acquisition program report, which is now before Congress, is part of a data-driven effort to find out what’s working best in equipping the nation’s military and to fix what isn’t, the Pentagon’s undersecretary of acquisition, technology and logistics said in an interview with American Forces Press Service. Frank Kendall said the…

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