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Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System completes successful intercept flight test

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The Missile Defense Agency, U.S. Pacific Command, and U.S. Navy sailors aboard the USS Lake Erie (CG 70) successfully conducted an operational flight test of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense system, resulting in the intercept of a medium-range ballistic missile target over the Pacific Ocean by the Aegis BMD 4.0 Weapon System and a Standard…

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Army develops lightweight ballistic protection for aircraft

Posted October 4, 2013 by Heather R. Smith

Army photograph The Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center Prototype Integration Facility designed, qualified, fabricated and installed a prototype of an enhanced Ballistic Protection System for the cabin of the UH-60 Black Hawk aircraft. Army tactics and training are constantly changing to meet the threat on the battlefield, and one such example is…

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Air Force scraps F-16 Alaska transfer plan

Posted October 4, 2013 by Mark Thiessen

The U.S. Air Force is scrapping its plan to move a fighter jet squadron to Anchorage from Fairbanks, and will not put Eielson Air Force Base in part-time status, Alaska’s congressional delegation announced Oct. 2. U.S. Sens. Mark Begich and Lisa Murkowski made the announcement on a joint teleconference with U.S. Rep. Don Young, all…

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Navy Test Pilots visit Edwards TPS

Posted October 4, 2013 by Rebecca Amber

The senior class of the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School joined the USAF Test Pilot School for a week-long field trip Sept. 28 and will return home Oct. 5.

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Army lab finding better ways to convert JP-8 to hydrogen for portable electric power

Posted October 4, 2013 by Joyce P. Brayboy

What if soldiers could convert JP-8 to clean hydrogen fuel for fuel cell applications anywhere and anytime they need it? A small team of scientists at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory are collaborating with counterparts at the Communications-Electronics and the Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Centers, to develop technology for lightweight, portable prototype systems…

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Air Force Aid Society provides services during government shutdown

Posted October 4, 2013 by Retired Lt. Gen. John D. Hopper, Jr.

Due to the government shut down we are being told many Airman & Family Readiness Centers to include their Air Force Aid sections will be closed. If you have an emergency travel situation or need funds to avoid privation please call the American Red Cross at 1-877-272-7337 — Service to the Armed Forces, to request…

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Navy accepts delivery of future USS Coronado (LCS4)

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Austal USA photograph The future USS Coronado (LCS 4) conducts at-sea acceptance trials in the Gulf of Mexico. Acceptance trials are the last significant milestone before delivery of the ship to the U.S. Navy, which is planned for later this fall. The Navy accepted delivery of the future USS Coronado (LCS 4) during a ceremony…

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Space and Missile Defense Command saves Army money with low-cost ‘Zombie’ targets

Posted September 30, 2013 by Jason B. Cutshaw

The U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command has found a way to save the Army money while still providing capabilities by using low-cost targets during missile defense testing. Members of theU.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, or USASMDC/ARSTRAT, Technical Center, in support of the Program Executive Office…

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Affordable Care Act will impact federal civilian employees

Posted September 30, 2013 by Gloria Kwizera

Starting in January, all individuals must maintain minimum health care coverage for themselves and all dependents claimed on their federal tax return, or must qualify for an exemption. Those who do not will be charged a penalty beginning with their 2014 federal tax return. Under, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Public Law 111-148…

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Soldier input aids Army researchers

Posted September 30, 2013 by Jake Dorsey

When Army researchers needed feedback on a new combat vehicle, they went to the real experts – the users. They visited experienced brigades – including 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, a Stryker brigade combat team at Joint Base Lewis-McChord – to get the opinions of Soldiers whose lives could depend on the new vehicles and…

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