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Army gives green light for procurement of 3rd Stryker Double-V Hull brigade

Posted September 13, 2013 by Bill Good

Army photograph The new Stryker Double-V Hull brigade will be produced using the Stryker Exchange Program, which was initiated by the Army in response to a requirement for additional DVH vehicles at a reduced overall cost. The Project Manager for the Stryker Brigade Combat Team received the approval from the Army Acquisition Executive to begin…

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Acting SecAF talks future of special ops

Posted September 13, 2013 by SrA. Kentavist P. Brackin

Acting Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning spoke with more than 500 Air Commandos about the future of special operations at an all-call during his two-day visit to Hurlburt Field, Fla., Sept. 9-10.

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Northrop Grumman ready for full rate production of Freedom 350 as U.S. Army’s vehicular radio

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Following successful completion of an extensive series of tests, trials, demonstrations and an initial production run, Northrop Grumman said it stands ready to commence full rate production of its Freedom 350 radio to fully satisfy the U.S. Army’s acquisition effort for the Mid-Tier Networking Vehicular Radio. The company also said recent demonstrations show that its…

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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

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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

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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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