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F-35 is backbone of Air Force’s future fighter fleet, Welsh says

Posted June 21, 2013 by MSgt. Angelita ColÛn-Francia

The Air Force’s most advanced strike aircraft, the F-35 Lightning II, is a vital capability that the nation needs to stay ahead of adversary technological gains, the Air Force chief of staff told a Senate panel, June 19. Testifying before the Senate Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Defense, Gen. Mark A. Welsh III said air superiority…

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Cost-saving pilot programs to support war fighter autonomy

Posted June 21, 2013 by Terri Moon Cronk

A call from the Defense Department to government labs for autonomous technology ideas that support the war fighter has been answered with seven initiatives. Chosen from more than 50 submissions, the selected ideas will be tested in the Autonomy Research Pilot Initiative, officials said. “We believe autonomy and autonomous systems will be very important for…

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Air Force deputy undersecretary addresses aviation industry in Paris

Posted June 21, 2013 by Maj. Beverly Mock

The Air Force deputy undersecretary of International Affairs spoke June 18 at an industry-sponsored breakfast during the 50th anniversary of the International Paris Air Show. Heidi Grant focused on how the aviation industry has evolved over time and the technological advances that have changed the face of war and bolstered readiness of our global coalition…

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Senators seek cost cuts for F-35 fighter jet; Pentagon says its priciest program improving

Posted June 21, 2013 by

WASHINGTON Senators sought cost-cutting opportunities Wednesday in the Pentagonís $400 billion program for the next-generation F-35, a fighter jet with a troubled testing record that military leaders said America couldnít afford not to build. Chairing the hearing, Sen. Dick Durbin lamented that the F-35 already has cost taxpayers billions more than what Congress signed up…

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Army updates ‘eyes’ of Apache helicopters

Posted June 21, 2013 by Sofia Bledsoe

Artist rendering courtesy of Lockheed Martin This artist rendering shows the Modernized Dayside Sensor Assembly installed on an AH-64E Apache. The Army is incorporating a new sensor capability into its Apache helicopters. The Apache Sensors Product Office has accepted delivery of the new Modernized Day Sensor Assembly Laser Rangefinder Designator, or LRFD, the first component…

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Joint Light Tactical Vehicle ‘closes capability gap,’ Army says

Posted June 21, 2013 by David Vergun

While the Humvee has served the Army well for some 25 years, there's a "capability gap" in what it can do for warfighters on a 21st-century battlefield, said the Soldier responsible for overseeing its replacement.

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RAAF purchases Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile training capability

Posted June 19, 2013 by

Navy photograph The EA-18G Growler carries Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile. The U.S. Navy signed a Foreign Military Sales agreement with the Australian Government for an AARGM training capability, marking the first FMS sale involving the weapon. The U.S. Navy signed an agreement with the Australian government May 31 to provide its High Speed Anti-Radiation Missile…

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Wireless spectrum essential to defense operations, official says

Posted June 19, 2013 by Claudette Roulo

The Defense Department depends on the wireless spectrum for nearly all of its activities, the DOD chief information officer said in Washington, D.C., June 18. Essentially, everything at the Defense Department is connected to the network, Teri Takai told attendees at a Washington Post forum. In an effort to ensure commanders are fully informed of…

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Redesigned helicopter weapons mount brings increased fields of fire

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An engineering team here recently redesigned and tested a UH-1Y helicopter weapons mount which will provide extended ground-firing capabilities to Marines in Afghanistan.

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SecAF farewell ceremony set for June 21

Posted June 19, 2013 by

Secretary of the Air Force Michael B. Donley will be honored during a ceremony June 21 at 1 p.m., at Joint Base Andrews, Md. The ceremony will stream live online at the Pentagon Channel’s live stream site (here) and Air Force Link’s live video page. Donley was confirmed as the 22nd secretary of the Air Force Oct. 2,…

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