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B-52 upgrade to increase smart-weapons capacity

Posted January 8, 2014 by Mike W. Ray

Airmen at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., will update ground maintenance and mission planning software in support of a new Air Force contract that will increase the B-52 Stratofortress's "smart-weapons" capacity by 50 percent.

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RQ-21A Blackjack begins operational test phase

Posted January 29, 2014 by

The Navy and Marine Corps' newest small unmanned aircraft system RQ-21A Blackjack began its initial operational test and evaluation in early January at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif.

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Maintainers counter cyber threats for first time at Red Flag 14-1

Posted February 14, 2014 by Maj. Teresa Sullivan

Maintainers learn how to counter cyber threats on the flightline for the first time though innovation and adaptability here during Red Flag 14-1.

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Navy budget request involved tough choices, official says

Posted March 7, 2014 by

The Navy Department’s fiscal year 2015 budget request reflects tough, but responsible choices, a senior Navy official said at a Pentagon news conference March 4.  The budget request is part of the $495.6 billion defense budget proposal President Barack Obama submitted to Congress. Rear Adm. William Lescher, deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for budget,…

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Air Force leaders announce accountability actions, way forward for ICBM force

Posted March 28, 2014 by MSgt. Amaani Lyle

In a press briefing at the Pentagon March 27, Air Force officials announced the findings from the Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont., test compromise investigations, to include accountability actions and a way forward for the ICBM force. In January, Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James and Air Force Global Strike Command commander Lt….

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X-47b completes night flights

Posted April 11, 2014 by Navy photographs

  The unmanned X-47B conducts its first night flight April 10 over Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md.  Night flights are the next incremental step in developing the operations concept for more routine UAS flight activity.  The Navy will continue to execute X-47B test events to mature standard operating procedures for cooperative use of the…

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DOD begins prorating imminent danger pay

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Service members now will receive imminent danger pay only for days they actually spend in hazardous areas, Pentagon officials said Feb. 2. The change, which took effect Feb. 1, was included in the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, which President Barack Obama signed into law Dec. 31. “Members will see the prorated amount in their…

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Air Force officials release draft EIS for F-35 operational basing

Posted April 16, 2012 by by Mitch Gettle

The Air Force has filed a draft environmental impact statement for the proposed operational basing of the F-35 Lightning II within the continental United States. The current active Air Force and Air National Guard alternatives under consideration are: Burlington Air Guard Station, Vt.; Hill Air Force Base, Utah; Jacksonville Air Guard Station, Fla.; Mountain Home…

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Space operator, KC-135 crew team for ‘science project’

Posted May 1, 2012 by by Jennifer Thibault

More and more people are realizing the “game-changing” force space capabilities provide in today’s operations, as was the case more than 60 years ago when the air domain added a new dimension to land and sea operations. The power of that integration was seen first-hand by crews...

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Study would be needed before ending C-130 program

Posted May 14, 2012 by by Ken Miller

A defense funding bill that would delay efforts to end a program at Oklahoma City’s Boeing plant to upgrade the cockpits of U.S. Air Force C-130 transport planes was approved May 10 by the U.S. House Armed Services Committee. The committee voted 56-5 for the National Defense Authorization Act, sending the bill to the full…

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