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418th FLTS stands up detachment in support of KC-46

Posted July 19, 2013 by Jet Fabara

In light of Boeing's recent announcement they have begun assembly of the first KC-46 wing spar for the Air Force tanker program, Air Force Materiel Command officially stood-up the 418th Flight Test Squadron, Detachment 1, during an activation ceremony July 11 in Seattle, Wash.

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NAWCAD commander visits Weapons Division in China Lake

Posted July 19, 2013 by

Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division Commander Rear Adm. Mark Darrah, and Deputy Assistant Commander for Research and Engineering Tony Cifone visited NAWCWD Point Mugu and China Lake, Calif., July 8-11.

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CSAF says readiness harmed by steep cuts

Posted July 19, 2013 by Claudette Roulo

The rigid requirements of sequestration spending cuts have made it difficult for the Air Force to maintain readiness, the service’s top officer said July 17. Speaking to CNN’s John King at the annual Aspen Institute Security Forum in Aspen, Colo., Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III said each service has four…

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U.S.-Australia tracking system logistics interoperability

Posted July 17, 2013 by Donna Miles

A new logistics tracking system between the United States and Australia will help to ensure faster, more coordinated responses to humanitarian crises and other contingencies while laying the foundation for closer cooperation across the Asia-Pacific region, the senior U.S. Pacific Command logistics director reported. PACOM, through its U.S. Army Pacific component, and the Australian Defence…

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Conformal battery unburdens Army’s networked Soldiers

Posted July 17, 2013 by Dan Lafontaine

The U.S. Army is developing a battery to improve Soldiers' agility on the battlefield while meeting the demands of an increased power burden stemming from new networked electronic devices.

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First B-52 departs to depot for communications upgrade

Posted July 17, 2013 by TSgt. Mike Andriacco

Air Force photo by SrA. Micaiah Anthony TSgt. Michael Zeigler and Staff Sgt. Aaron McCullum prepare to launch a B-52H Stratofortress July 16, 2013 on Barksdale Air Force Base, La. The B-52 was sent to Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., to receive the first Combat Network Communications Technology upgrade. The change will allow aircrew to…

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Additional missile defense tests necessary, official says

Posted July 17, 2013 by Claudette Roulo

Following recent testing failures, the director of the Missile Defense Agency told Congress July 17 that he is committed to a full evaluation of the way forward for the nation√≠s ballistic missile defense system. Navy Vice Adm. James Syring told members of the Senate Appropriations Committee√≠s defense subcommittee that the most recent flight test, conducted…

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F-35 aircrew flight equipment team named Air Force best

Posted July 17, 2013 by TSgt. Carl Stenske

One of the Air Force's newest aircrew flight equipment teams is now the Air Force's best.

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National commission to visit 13 bases

Posted July 17, 2013 by Col. Bob Thompson

The “National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force” is planning to visit 13 Air Force locations, beginning with Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., on July 16. Appointed by the Fiscal Year 2013 National Defense Authorization Act, the commission is reviewing the Air Force’s structure to determine if and how it should be changed to…

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Sequestration impact looms despite resumed flying operations

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Air Force leaders announced July 15 that flying training would resume at numerous units, bringing an end to the three-month halt that resulted from the budget sequestration reductions. Congress approved a $1.8 billion reprogramming request that transferred money from several programs to pay for near-term shortfalls in war funding, which allowed flight training to resume….

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