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Triton Unmanned Air System completes initial flight test phase

Posted March 24, 2014 by

Northrop Grumman photograph The Navy’s unmanned MQ-4C Triton approaches Northrop Grumman’s flight test facility in Palmdale, Calif., March 13. This flight completed Triton’s initial flight test phase bringing the unmanned air system one step closer to introduction to the fleet in 2017. The Navy’s MQ-4C Triton completed its initial flight test phase at Northrop Grumman’s…

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‘Live synthetic’ Army’s next generation of simulation

Posted March 24, 2014 by David Vergun

Soldiers from a brigade combat team are at a combat training site doing a routine live-fire exercise. Well, maybe not so routine. Suddenly enemy jets pop out of the clouds streaking toward them. The soldiers scramble for cover as missiles rain down. They hear the explosions from the missiles impacting all around them, see the…

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Pentagon must focus on insider threat

Posted March 19, 2014 by Lolita C. Baldor

Reviews triggered by the Washington Navy Yard killings last year have concluded that threats to Defense Department personnel and facilities increasingly are coming from trusted insiders, and to defeat them the Pentagon must beef up security from within. An independent study and an internal review ordered after the September 2013 massacre and released Tuesday said…

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Investigation board determines cause of KC-135 crash in May

Posted March 17, 2014 by

The U.S. Air ForceAir Mobility Command has released the results of an accident investigation that examined what caused the May 3, 2013, crash of a KC-135 Stratotanker in the Kyrgyz Republic. The crew of three, en route from the Transit Center at Manas to Afghanistan on a combat aerial refueling mission, perished in the mishap….

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Air Force requests BRAC from House Appropriations Committee

Posted March 17, 2014 by SSgt. Carlin Leslie

The Air Force presented to the House Appropriations Committee panel its fiscal 2015 budget request March 12, showing it will take more risk with military construction and military housing and is requesting another round of base realignments and closures. In the (fiscal year) 15 President’s budget request, the Air Force attempted to strike the delicate…

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Sequestration would cripple U.S. military strategy, Hagel says

Posted March 14, 2014 by Jim Garamone

DOD photograph by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel testifies on the Defense Department’s fiscal year 2015 budget request before the House Appropriations Committee’s defense subcommittee in Washington, D.C., March 13, 2014. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Robert F. Hale, the Defense Department’s comptroller, joined Hagel…

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MQ-8C Fire Scout reaches 100 flight hours

Posted March 14, 2014 by

Northrop Grumman photograph by Alan Radecki An MQ-8C Fire Scout†on†runway after†a test flight at Point Mugu, Calif., March 10. The unmanned helicopter surpassed 100 flight hours during this event and will continue†to undergo testing at Point Mugu this year. In July, the Navy will conduct dynamic interface testing with the MQ-8C aboard USS Jason Dunham…

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Tobyhanna lands Gray Eagle Ground Control Station repairs

Posted March 14, 2014 by Justin Eimers

Army photograph Repairs on the Ground Control Stations for Gray Eagle (MQ-1C) Unmanned Aircraft Systems are scheduled to begin at Tobyhanna Army Depot in fiscal year 2016. The Army, Marine Corps, Air Force and Navy have named Tobyhanna Army Depot as the Depot Source of Repair for the Gray Eagle (MQ-1C) Unmanned Aircraft System Ground…

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Officials update Congress on military space policy, challenges

Posted March 14, 2014 by SFC Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

If potential adversaries are to challenge the United States, they must do so in the space domain, the Defense Departments top space policy official told Congress March 12. Douglas L. Loverro, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for space policy, joined by Gen. William L. Shelton, the commander of Air Force Space Command, testified before…

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First F-35 Lightning II arrives at Luke AFB

Posted March 14, 2014 by

Escorted by two F-16 fighting Falcons, Luke Air Force Base's first F-35 Lightning II arrived at the Arizona base a little after 11 a.m. March 10, from the Lockheed Martin factory in Fort Worth, Texas.

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