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Naval Air Forces commander calls X-47B catapult launch a pivotal moment in Naval aviation

Posted May 15, 2013 by

The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator completed its first ever carrier-based catapult launch from USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) off the coast of Virginia May 14.

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Spangdahlem AB airmen launch final A-10 sortie in Europe

Posted May 15, 2013 by SSgt. Daryl Knee

Air Force photograph by TSgt. Jonathan Pomeroy Lt. Col. Jeffrey Hogan receives an American flag from Senior Airman Christopher Nichols May 14, 2013, at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. This tactical sortie is scheduled to be the last before the squadronís inactivation in June. Hogan is the 81st Fighter Squadron director of operations from Olympia, Wash….

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DOD Comptroller: Sequestration devastates U.S. military readiness

Posted May 13, 2013 by Cheryl Pellerin

WASHINGTON, D.C. - During a Senate hearing May 9 on President Barack Obama’s $9.5 billion military construction budget request for fiscal 2014, Defense Department Comptroller Robert F. Hale said the severe and abrupt budget cuts imposed by sequestration are devastating the U.S. armed forces. Hale and John Conger, acting deputy undersecretary of defense for installations and…

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U.S.-Djibouti to establish strategic, defense forum

Posted May 13, 2013 by Claudette Roulo

Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Mahamoud Ali Youssouf, Djiboutiís minister of foreign affairs, agreed to establish a bilateral strategic and defense forum May 11 during a meeting in Djibouti City, Djibouti. ìThe forum will provide a formal and enduring structure for discussing and coordinating issues of mutual concern between the two nations,î according to…

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DOD makes progress to meet nuclear treaty requirements

Posted May 10, 2013 by Donna Miles

The Defense Department is on track to meet the requirements of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, as it also modernizing its ballistic missile defense capabilities, a senior defense official told Congress May 9. Madelyn R. Creedon, assistant secretary of defense for global strategic affairs, told the House Armed Services Committee’s Strategic Forces Subcommittee the…

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Edwards flight testers essential to X-51A Waverider success

Posted May 10, 2013 by Laura Mowry

Air Force photograph by Bobbi Zapka The X-51A Waverider flew its fourth and final mission May 1 over the Point Mugu Naval Air Warfare Center Sea Range, during which the test team achieved a record- setting 210 seconds of air-breathing hypersonic flight. Flight testers from Edwards played a vital role in the program’s success. When…

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F-35 fighter takes another step forward

Posted May 10, 2013 by Joel Fortner

The Air Force took another step forward with its newest fighter jet when an advanced F-35 Lightning II landed at the service's lead training base, home to the largest fleet of F-35s worldwide.

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C-5M undergoes ‘super’ upgrade at Edwards

Posted May 10, 2013 by Jet Fabara

Air Force photograph by Jet Fabara The silhouette of an aircrew member from the 9th Airlift Squadron can be seen as they prepare to remove a power cart from a C-5M Super Galaxy for a test sortie April 26, 2013, in support of C-5M Super Galaxy Block 3.5.2 software upgrade testing. The C-5M Block 3.5.2…

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Officials call for continued ballistic missile defense modernization

Posted May 10, 2013 by Donna Miles

Senior defense officials underscored the importance of ballistic missile defense modernization efforts requested in the fiscal 2014 budget proposal during testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee May 9. The budget requests $9.2 billion in fiscal 2014 and $45.7 billion over future years to develop and deploy missile defense capabilities. Madelyn Creedon, assistant secretary of…

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Osprey debuts at Marine Helicopter Squadron (HMX) 1

Posted May 8, 2013 by Marine Corps photograph

Marine Helicopter Squadron (HMX) 1 Marines, past and present, family members and friends mingle on the flight line with the newest addition to the squadron, an MV-22 B ‘Osprey,’ after an MV-22B Introduction Ceremony in the HMX-1 hangar May 4 in Quantico, Va. The aircraft, built by Bell-Boeing under direction from the V-22 Joint Program Office…

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