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Remotely piloted aircraft flies first long-duration test using repurposed satellite

Posted February 7, 2014 by Russ Mayes

Using a repurposed commercial satellite, Air Force crews flew MQ-1 Predators and MQ-9 Reapers from Creech Air Force Base, Nev., during multiple missions in November and December. A test team with the 53rd Test Management Group, Detachment 4 and led by Lt. Dan Broyles successfully demonstrated inclined orbit satellite capability for MQ-1 and MQ-9 to…

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Manas KC-135s complete final mission, leave Kyrgyzstan

Posted February 26, 2014 by SSgt. Travis Edwards

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Travis Edwards As a KC-135 Stratotanker taxis, the members of the 376th Air Expeditionary Wing salute Feb. 24, 2014, at Transit Center at Manas, Kyrgyzstan. The KC-135 departed the after the final refueling mission over Afghanistan from the Transit Center. The Transit Center’s final aerial refueling mission over Afghanistan landed…

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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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Defense weather satellite continues legacy program

Posted April 4, 2014 by Peter W. Merlin

An Atlas 5 rocket blasted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Lompoc, Calif., April 3, carrying a satellite that will be used to monitor meteorological, oceanographic and solar-terrestrial physics for the Department of Defense.

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B-1B software upgrade to ensure future warfighting capabilities

Posted April 18, 2014 by Jet Fabara

In order to keep the B-1B Lancer's capabilities ready to operate now and well into the fast-paced integrated battlefield of the future, the 419th Flight Test Squadron began testing Sustainment Block 16A (SB 16A) software upgrades April 1.

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STOVL testing at Edwards

Posted May 16, 2014 by Darin Russell

A Short Takeoff and Vertical Landing variant of the F-35 Lightning II is shown performing Crosswind and Wet Runway testing at Edwards AFB May 6. Pilot Dan Levin and a team from the F-35 Integrated Test Facility at Patuxent River, Md., accompanied aircraft BF-4 for the deployment April 11. Testing is expected to continue until…

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The End of an Era: 376th Air Expeditionary Wing inactivation ceremony

Posted June 4, 2014 by Lt. Col. Max Despain

Photograph courtesy of Capt. Cory O’Brien Honor Guard Airmen lower the United States and Kyrgyz Republic flags as part of the 376th Air Expeditionary Wing inactivation ceremony June 3, 2014, at transit center at Manas, Kyrgyzstan. Airmen assigned to the Transit Center during its tenure loaded and flew 42,000 airlift missions, hauling 1.4 billion pounds…

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Autonomous vehicles to exploit capabilities of machines, soldiers

Posted July 3, 2014 by David Vergun

Before long, soldiers in tactical vehicles in the battle-space could get help from autonomous systems.

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Senior leaders explain Army’s drawdown plan

Posted July 28, 2014 by David Vergun

The drawdown, particularly involuntary separations, is a huge issue for the Army, officials said, especially since the strength of the Army is its people and the trust they have in each other.

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F-22 scientific board findings announced pilot safety is priority

Posted April 3, 2012 by by Mitch Gettle

Air Force leaders provided an update on the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board study into the F-22 Raptor life support systems and flight operations during a briefing in the Pentagon March 29. Retired Gen. Gregory Martin, an aviator and a former commander of two major commands, chaired the nine member SAB team which studied the…

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