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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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First B-52 departs to depot for communications upgrade

Posted July 17, 2013 by TSgt. Mike Andriacco

Air Force photo by SrA. Micaiah Anthony TSgt. Michael Zeigler and Staff Sgt. Aaron McCullum prepare to launch a B-52H Stratofortress July 16, 2013 on Barksdale Air Force Base, La. The B-52 was sent to Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., to receive the first Combat Network Communications Technology upgrade. The change will allow aircrew to…

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Additional missile defense tests necessary, official says

Posted July 17, 2013 by Claudette Roulo

Following recent testing failures, the director of the Missile Defense Agency told Congress July 17 that he is committed to a full evaluation of the way forward for the nationís ballistic missile defense system. Navy Vice Adm. James Syring told members of the Senate Appropriations Committeeís defense subcommittee that the most recent flight test, conducted…

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F-35 aircrew flight equipment team named Air Force best

Posted July 17, 2013 by TSgt. Carl Stenske

One of the Air Force's newest aircrew flight equipment teams is now the Air Force's best.

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National commission to visit 13 bases

Posted July 17, 2013 by Col. Bob Thompson

The “National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force” is planning to visit 13 Air Force locations, beginning with Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., on July 16. Appointed by the Fiscal Year 2013 National Defense Authorization Act, the commission is reviewing the Air Force’s structure to determine if and how it should be changed to…

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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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Large rocket test facilityís altitude capability benefits from new control system

Posted July 17, 2013 by Raquel March

Air Force photograph An Arnold Engineering Development Complex systems installation crew positions the new remote Input/Output control system cabinet for the complexís Large Rocket Motor Test Facility, or J-6, that will control liquid nitrogen and gaseous nitrogen during testing. Large rocket testing at altitude conditions has been a common occurrence at Arnold Engineering Development Complex’s…

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Innovation extends ORS-1’s life, mission

Posted July 15, 2013 by Scott Prater

Air Force photograph by Dennis Rogers Capt. Eric Palmer (left) and Airman 1st Class Quillan Fay review Operationally Responsive Space-1 procedures and mission objectives in preparation for a satellite contact June 29, 2013, at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo. The squadron members recently celebrated the two-year anniversary of ORS-1’s launch. The Operationally Responsive Space-1 satellite…

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