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Report: U.S. footing greater bill for overseas bases

Posted April 22, 2013 by Donna Cassata

The United States is footing more of the bill for overseas bases in Germany, Japan and South Korea even as the military reduces the number of American troops in Europe and strategically repositions forces in Asia, a congressional report says. The exhaustive, yearlong investigation by the Senate Armed Services Committee focused on costs and burden-sharing…

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X-47B completes key milestone as it prepares for carrier tests at sea

Posted May 6, 2013 by

The Navy’s X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator completed its first-ever arrested landing Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., May 4, another key step to mature the system for its historic carrier-based tests later this month.

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Minuteman III test missile launches from Vandenberg AFB

Posted May 22, 2013 by

The U.S. Air Force launched an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., during an operational test at 6:27 a.m. PDT, May 22. Col. Brent McArthur, the 30th Space Wing’s Vice Wing Commander, was the launch decision authority. The launch team, under the direction of the 576th Flight Test Squadron, included crew…

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OBVA Laboratory to test aviators’ visual capabilities

Posted June 12, 2013 by Michela Greco

The United States Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, recently completed the installation of a high fidelity flight simulator in its Operational Based Vision Assessment laboratory.

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Jennies to jets to stealth: Bomb wing turns 90

Posted June 28, 2013 by SMSgt. Mary-Dale Amison

From Jennies to jets to stealth bombers, the 131st Bomb Wing's history really began with its co-located flying squadron, now the 110th Bomb Squadron, which traces its roots back to the 110th Observation Squadron.

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Sequestration impact looms despite resumed flying operations

Posted July 17, 2013 by

Air Force leaders announced July 15 that flying training would resume at numerous units, bringing an end to the three-month halt that resulted from the budget sequestration reductions. Congress approved a $1.8 billion reprogramming request that transferred money from several programs to pay for near-term shortfalls in war funding, which allowed flight training to resume….

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Collaboration leads to new rocket propulsion technology

Posted August 7, 2013 by by Tracie Dean

  A team of Army researchers developed a new gel-propellant engine called the vortex engine. Michael Nusca, Ph.D., Robert Michaels and Nathan Mathis were recently recognized by the Department of the Army with a 2012 Army Research and Development Outstanding Collaboration Award, or RDA, for their work titled, “Use of Computational Fluid Dynamics in the…

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Navy warships built in Wisconsin draw federal scrutiny

Posted August 23, 2013 by

A federal watchdog agency is raising concerns over the U.S. Navy’s $40 billion littoral combat ship program, which supports more than 1,200 Wisconsin jobs and pumps millions of dollars into the state’s economy. The Government Accountability Office recently released a report questioning whether the warships perform as expected. The report identified deficiencies with certain core…

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Successful missile defense test against multiple targets

Posted September 11, 2013 by

The Missile Defense Agency, Ballistic Missile Defense System Operational Test Agency, Joint Functional Component Command for Integrated Missile Defense, and U.S. Pacific Command, in conjunction with U.S. Army soldiers from the Alpha Battery, 2nd Air Defense Artillery Regiment, U.S. Navy sailors aboard guided missile destroyer USS Decatur (DDG-73), and U.S. Air Force airmen from the…

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TPS says goodbye to T-38As

Posted September 27, 2013 by Rebecca Amber

The United States Air Force Test Pilot School here has used the T-38 Talon Supersonic Trainer in its curriculum for decades.

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