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Navy accepts delivery of future USS Coronado (LCS4)

Posted September 30, 2013 by

Austal USA photograph The future USS Coronado (LCS 4) conducts at-sea acceptance trials in the Gulf of Mexico. Acceptance trials are the last significant milestone before delivery of the ship to the U.S. Navy, which is planned for later this fall. The Navy accepted delivery of the future USS Coronado (LCS 4) during a ceremony…

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Shutdown cost DOD $600 million in productivity

Posted October 21, 2013 by Claudette Roulo

Furloughs of civilian employees as a result of the government shutdown cost the Defense Department at least $600 million in productivity, the Pentagons top financial officer said Oct. 17. During a Pentagon news conference, DOD Comptroller Robert F. Hale said that in addition to the lost productivity, the shutdown generated a number of other costs…

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CSAF: Air Force must modernize despite budget woes

Posted November 15, 2013 by Jim Garamone

Budget concerns affect every aspect of the Air Force, but the service must continue to modernize, the service’s chief of staff told the Defense Writers Group here Nov. 12. In forming the defense strategy, the service chiefs have to take resources into consideration, Air Force Gen. Mark A. Welsh III said. “To some extent, numbers…

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DARPA pioneers tactical mobile devices for soldiers

Posted December 11, 2013 by Cheryl Pellerin

DARPA photograph An International Security Assistance Force soldier on patrol in a remote forward location in Afghanistan uses a secure mobile handheld device. For the first time in any war, U.S. soldiers on foot patrol across Afghanistan can use secure mobile handheld devices and infantry-tailored apps to access digital maps, set up and share routes,…

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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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All systems go: Navy’s laser weapon ready for summer deployment

Posted April 7, 2014 by tomlear

Navy engineers are making final adjustments to a laser weapon prototype that will be the first of its kind to deploy aboard a ship late this summer.

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