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Ulchi Freedom Guardian promotes stability on Korean peninsula

Posted August 27, 2012 by by Donna Miles

As the United States and South Korea observe the 59th anniversary of the armistice that brought an unofficial end to the Korean War, their forces are sharpening their defensive capabilities through the Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercise. More than 30,000 U.S. and South Korean service members are participating in what Army Gen. James D. Thurman, commander…

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Fighting birds with birds

Posted September 11, 2012 by A1C Jose L. Leon

Photograph courtesy of the National Geographic Society In this image released by the National Geographic Society, a peregrine falcon is shown similar to one of the falcons that will be used in McConnell Air Force Base’s Bird Aircraft Strike Hazard program. The 22nd Air Refueling Wing Bird Aircraft Strike Hazard program at McConnell Air Force…

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New President for SETP

Posted September 21, 2012 by by Linda KC Reynolds

Doug Benjamin will soon take the reins from SETP President Steve Rainey. Presently, a Boeing Chief Pilot for Military Transport and an engineering test pilot, Benjamin has a career spanning 34 years with the U.S. Air Force and Boeing.

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DOD augments stability operations with partners, private sector

Posted October 17, 2012 by by Cheryl Pellerin

Conducting stability operations is a core mission for the U.S. military, but the Defense Strategic Guidance and 10 years of war make clear a continuing need to augment the range of such operations with the skills of regional partners and the private sector, a senior defense official said Oct. 16. James A. Schear, deputy assistant…

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U.S. Air Force struggles with aging fleet

Posted November 5, 2012 by Eric Talmadge

For decades, the U.S. Air Force has grown accustomed to such superlatives as unrivaled and unbeatable. These days, some of its key combat aircraft are being described with terms like geriatric, or decrepit. The aging of the U.S. Air Force, a long-simmering topic in defense circles, made a brief appearance in the presidential debates when…

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Nations unite to heighten allied air power

Posted November 21, 2012 by SSgt. Daryl Knee

Pilots from seven nations have been working together since November with a goal to increase effectiveness of allied air forces and strengthen multinational partnerships. This Tactical Leadership Program course, a NATO-based training exercise held Nov. 5 to 30, encourages interoperability by developing leadership skills, enhancing tactical air operation abilities, and reaffirming conceptual and doctrinal initiatives….

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New program executive for F-35 office

Posted December 7, 2012 by

With a commitment to building on his predecessor’s foundation, a new leader took charge of the F-35 Lightning II program office at a Pentagon ceremony Dec. 6. A veteran of another complex defense acquisition program, the Air Force’s KC-46 tanker, Lt Gen. Christopher Bogdan assumed the watch from Vice Adm. David Venlet as the Program…

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X-47B UCAS completes first at-sea trials

Posted December 19, 2012 by PO3 Taylor DiMartino

The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator completed its first at-sea test phase aboard the nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Dec. 18.

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In Europe remarks, Panetta stresses NATO commitment

Posted January 16, 2013 by Karen Parrish

NATO is an alliance that must remain strong and capable to meet 21st century challenges, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta emphasized in two European capitals Jan. 15. In a joint news conference here with Spanish Defense Minister Pedro Morenes Eulate, and in an earlier event today with Portuguese Defense Minister Jose Pedro Aguiar-Branco, the secretary…

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Boeing completes FAB-T software qualification testing, demonstrates AEHF, Milstar satellite command and control

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HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. – Boeing recently achieved two important milestones on the U.S. Air Force Family of Advanced Beyond Line-of-Sight Terminal (FAB-T) program, which will provide protected wideband satellite communications among ground and airborne terminals for the command and control of U.S. nuclear forces. The Boeing FAB-T team has completed software qualification testing and systems…

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