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Lasers bring new urgency to electric power research

Posted April 26, 2013 by David Smalley

In the wake of the recent announcement that laser weapons will be put on U.S. Navy ships, the need for reliable, high-voltage shipboard power has become a matter of national security, officials said at this week’s Electric Ship Technologies Symposium outside Washington, D.C. The Office of Naval Research (ONR)-sponsored event featured some of the world’s…

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CTF celebrates Raptor’s 1,000th sortie

Posted April 26, 2013 by Laura Mowry

Lockheed Martin photograph by David Henry The oldest flying F-22 Raptor, tail number 4007, successfully completed its 1,000th sortie April 19. The F-22 Combined Test Force celebrated the milestone with a James Bond themed plane-side ceremony, referring to the aircraftís tail number ending in ì007.î The F-22 Combined Test Force celebrated an impressive milestone April…

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Affordability priority for F-35 program

Posted April 26, 2013 by Jim Garamone

Air Force photograph by Lawrence Crespo Crew chiefs from the 57th Wing Lightning Aircraft Maintenance Unit marshal an F-35 Lighting II, March 6, 2013, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The first two aircraft will be assigned to the 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron. Affordability remains the priority for the F-35 Lightning II joint strike…

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Rights groups: U.K. must end army recruitment at 16

Posted April 24, 2013 by Cassandra Vinograd

Rights campaigners are taking aim at a British military policy that puts the U.K. in the same league as North Korea and Iran: recruiting soldiers under the age of 18. Two groups said in a report published April 23 that Britain’s military is wasting up to 94 million pounds ($143.4 million) a year training recruits…

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ESGR announces semifinalists for 2013 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award

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138 Employers in Running for DoDís Highest Honor for Guard and Reserve Employers. ARLINGTON, Va. ñEmployer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense operational committee, announced that 138 employers have been selected as semifinalists for the 2013 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. The Freedom Award is DODís highest honor for…

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Unwanted Gear: Congress slows military efforts to save

Posted April 24, 2013 by Lolita C. Baldor

Parked around the airstrip at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, are more than a dozen massive C-5A Galaxy transport planes. There is no money to fly them, repair them or put pilots in the cockpits, but Congress rejected the Air Force’s bid to retire them. So, in the weeks and months ahead, crews will tow…

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Readiness, modernization in flux, Air Force secretary says

Posted April 24, 2013 by Jim Garamone

The Air Force will see few force structure changes this year, but readiness and modernization accounts will be in flux this year and next, Air Force Secretary Michael B. Donley said April 23. The secretary also told the Defense Writers’ Group that now is the time for another base realignment and closure process. Readiness and…

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Science, technology remain critical, official says

Posted April 22, 2013 by Amaani Lyle

Despite fiscal uncertainty, science and technology remain critical elements in mitigating emerging threats against the United States, a Defense Department official told Congress April 16. Alan Shaffer, the acting assistant secretary of defense for research and engineering, pledged to continue a focus on programs such as electronic warfare, counter-space, cyber, and counter-weapons of mass destruction…

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E-6 Mercury fleet expands, upgrades bandwidth capabilities

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Navy photograph The E-6B Mercury’s capability to support U.S. leaders continues to expand with the latest internet protocol expansion. The upgrades to the aircraft’s secure local area computer network now allow the onboard battle staff members to operate virtually. An internet bandwidth upgrade being rolled out on the E-6B Mercury aircraft, the nationís airborne strategic…

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AF leaders highlight space program successes, address fiscal 2014 budget

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Space today is in as good a position as it’s been in a very long time, said Richard McKinney, the deputy under secretary of the Air Force for space. McKinney, along with Dr. Jamie Morin, the acting under secretary of the Air Force, and Brig. Gen. Robert McMurry, the director of space programs for the…

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