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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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Army increases in-flight situational awareness for rapid response forces

Posted May 2, 2014 by Amy Walker

With help from the Army's new in-flight internet and mission command capability, commanders of Global Response Force units will be able to plan missions in the air, while their soldiers receive operational updates and watch full-motion video of upcoming drop zones before their parachutes ever open.

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Beefier carbines en route to Soldiers

Posted May 23, 2014 by David Vergun

A thicker barrel will absorb more heat in the new M4-A1 carbine, should a soldier need to flip the selector to auto, according to Soldiers overseeing the new configuration now being added to the M4.

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Fire Scout conducts flight with new radar

Posted June 16, 2014 by

Navy photograph The MQ-8 Fire Scout prepares to land after its† first flight with a new maritime surface search radar June 16 at Webster Field Annex, Md. This upgrade will increase the situational awareness and threat warning in a high-traffic littoral environment.† Fire Scout’s deployment with the new radar is planned for 2015.

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Army tests putting NERO electronic warfare jammer on UAVs

Posted July 11, 2014 by Adrienne Moudy

Army photograph by Doug McDaniel View of the NERO jamming payload attached to a Gray Eagle. NERO stands for Networked Electronic Warfare Remotely Operated. Last month within the mountainous terrain of The Great Salt Lake Desert at Dugway Proving Ground Utah, the U.S. Army conducted flight testing of an unmanned airborne electronic attack capability known…

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