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P-8A passes initial operational test, evaluation

Posted July 8, 2013 by

After an extensive testing period, the U.S. Navy announced July 1 in an Initial Operational Test and Evaluation report that its new patrol and reconnaissance aircraft, P-8A Poseidon, was found “operationally effective, operationally suitable, and ready for fleet introduction.”

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Army scientists research new technologies for rapid, accurate detection capabilities

Posted July 8, 2013 by

Trafalgar Scientific photograph The U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., evaluated the 3M Clean Trace Surface ATP technology, which met the criteria scientists were looking for: simple, compact and cost-efficient. The device tests for the presence of adenosine triphosphate, which can indicate the presence of a biological agent. First responders…

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P-8A Poseidon fires Harpoon, hits mark

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After approximately six minutes of flight time, one of NAVAIR’s test aircraft successfully launched a Harpoon missile during a live fire event June 24 in California at the Navy’s Point Mugu Sea Test Range and scored a direct hit on a Low Cost Modular Target.

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Air Force leaders stand behind civilians during tough furlough times

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Acting Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III send the following furlough message to the airmen of the United States Air Force: As you all know, Department of Defense civilian furloughs begin this week. With few exceptions, our civilian airmen face involuntary furlough one…

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Army leaders discuss NIE path ahead at Industry Day

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As the Army’s first brigade combat team deploys to Afghanistan with a suite of new communications gear that came together at the Network Integration Evaluation, or NIE, senior leaders met with industry to discuss how future NIEs will continue to drive technology forward. The NIE 14.2 Industry Day, held June 25, emphasized the significance of…

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Army spells out long-term plan for equipping force after drawdowns

Posted July 2, 2013 by David Vergun

Army photograph Army photograph Soldiers of the 1099th Transportation Detachment load Mine-Resistant, Ambush Protected vehicles aboard ship from the Middle East headed to the U.S. A lot of MRAPs in Afghanistan are not as lucky, as shipping costs are prohibitive, making it more affordable to destroy them in theater. One of the tasks now facing…

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Luke AFB F-16 crashes, pilots safely eject

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An F-16 fighter jet with the 309th Fighter Squadron, Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., crashed shortly before 7 p.m. in a field just west of the base.

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B-52s to receive communications upgrade

Posted June 28, 2013 by Mike W. Ray

Installation of a communications system upgrade earmarked for the venerable U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress bomber fleet is scheduled to start at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., in July.

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Navy closes in on making landing on aircraft carrier safer

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Landing on an aircraft carrier is now safer thanks to the Joint Precision Approach and Landing System team from the Naval Air Traffic Management Systems Program Office.

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Alert Reaper Airmen find IED

Posted June 28, 2013 by TSgt. Rob Hazelett

Most airmen can mentally rewind to the Combat Airman Skills Training course and recall the frustration and apprehension of not being able to locate all the improvised-explosive devices set out in the training lanes.

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