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Vice chief addresses current Army challenges

Posted July 26, 2013 by C. Todd Lopez

While budget cuts and sequestration are a challenge, Americans won't accept them as an excuse for the Army failing to maintain a fighting force able to win the nation's wars, said the Army's vice chief of staff.

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F-16s being regenerated into drones

Posted July 24, 2013 by Teresa Pittman

Air Force photograph by SrA. Christine Griffiths Robert Bliven and Andrew Bakios, 567th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Squadron perform maintenance on the first QF-16 being regenerated at the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., July 9, 2013. The conversion is slated to take approximately six months, or 180 calendar…

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Future requires hard decisions, disciplined priorities

Posted July 22, 2013 by Donna Miles

Disciplined priorities and tough choices will be needed to guide the Defense Department√≠s historical transition aimed at maintaining strong, capable and ready forces in the stark post-conflict fiscal environment, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said July 22. Speaking at the Veterans of Foreign Wars national convention in Louisville, Ky., Hagel said the changes underway, like those…

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Army adopts stronger, lighter composite materials

Posted July 22, 2013 by Heather R. Smith

In the future, Army aircraft may be made of all composite materials, and the Prototype Integration Facility Advanced Composites Laboratory is ready.

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KC-46 critical design review nearing completion

Posted July 19, 2013 by

The Air Force and Boeing successfully conducted the KC-46 critical design review, or CDR, from July 8-10 at the Boeing facility in Mukilteo, Wash. The KC-46 weapon system CDR was the culmination of nine months of component and sub-system design reviews, which blended the best practices of both the commercial and Department of Defense frameworks….

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418th FLTS stands up detachment in support of KC-46

Posted July 19, 2013 by Jet Fabara

In light of Boeing's recent announcement they have begun assembly of the first KC-46 wing spar for the Air Force tanker program, Air Force Materiel Command officially stood-up the 418th Flight Test Squadron, Detachment 1, during an activation ceremony July 11 in Seattle, Wash.

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NAWCAD commander visits Weapons Division in China Lake

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Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division Commander Rear Adm. Mark Darrah, and Deputy Assistant Commander for Research and Engineering Tony Cifone visited NAWCWD Point Mugu and China Lake, Calif., July 8-11.

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CSAF says readiness harmed by steep cuts

Posted July 19, 2013 by Claudette Roulo

The rigid requirements of sequestration spending cuts have made it difficult for the Air Force to maintain readiness, the service’s top officer said July 17. Speaking to CNN’s John King at the annual Aspen Institute Security Forum in Aspen, Colo., Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III said each service has four…

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U.S.-Australia tracking system logistics interoperability

Posted July 17, 2013 by Donna Miles

A new logistics tracking system between the United States and Australia will help to ensure faster, more coordinated responses to humanitarian crises and other contingencies while laying the foundation for closer cooperation across the Asia-Pacific region, the senior U.S. Pacific Command logistics director reported. PACOM, through its U.S. Army Pacific component, and the Australian Defence…

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Conformal battery unburdens Army’s networked Soldiers

Posted July 17, 2013 by Dan Lafontaine

The U.S. Army is developing a battery to improve Soldiers' agility on the battlefield while meeting the demands of an increased power burden stemming from new networked electronic devices.

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