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F-35 Lightning IIs arrive at Nellis AFB

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Air Force photograph by A1C Jason Couillard A Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II lands March 6, 2013, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The aircraft will be assigned to the 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron and the aircraft will be used for development test support, force development evaluation and supporting operational test aircraft at Edwards…

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Sequestration impacts ripple across Air Force

Posted March 11, 2013 by Alan Black

Air Force senior leaders issued updated guidance to leaders of Air Force major commands and addressed the service’s airmen last week on how the service will operate under sequestration and a continuing resolution for the remainder of the fiscal year. Acting Under Secretary of the Air Force Dr. Jamie Morin and Air Force Vice Chief…

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Nellis pilots take first step toward F-35 operational testing

Posted March 11, 2013 by Chrissy Cuttita

Air Force photograph by Samuel King Jr. A1C Lance Colbert gives a thumbs-up to the pilot and ground crew prior to marshalling out the F-35A Lightning II March 6, 2013, at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Colbert is a crew chief with the 33rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. Two officers from the operational test community are…

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Furloughs can begin April 26, DOD comptroller says

Posted March 11, 2013 by Jim Garamone

Unless Congress acts to end sequestration, furloughs for Defense Department civilian employees can begin April 26, the department’s comptroller said March 11. Robert F. Hale discussed the furlough planning process with a Pentagon audience. The comptroller also took questions sent in via Facebook and Twitter. DOD is the only agency in the U.S. government that…

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Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group to deploy

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Sailors and Marines from the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group and 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit will deploy from Norfolk, Va., and Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 8.

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Unmanned aerial vehicle squadron starts training at Pendleton

Posted March 6, 2013 by Sgt. Christopher Duncan

Marine Corps photograph by Cpl. Christopher Duncan Cpl. Andrew Smith, left, Sgt. Derrick Williams, center, Sgt. Michael Lomartire, right; prepare the RQ-7B Shadow, an unmanned aerial vehicle, for a launch conducted here, Feb. 27. Williams was the plane captain and quality assurance chief for this exercise, and all of the Marines are UAV technicians from…

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Aegis Combat System Engineering Agent contract award announced

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The Navy awarded Lockheed Martin a $100,685,094 contract for Aegis Combat System Engineering Agent efforts March 3. This is the first time Aegis CSEA efforts have been competitively procured in more than 40 years.

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Hagel, Barak discuss Syria, Iran

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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak held talks at the Pentagon March 5 on issues including Syria and Iran, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said.

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Strategic Command: Cuts could erode capabilities

Posted March 6, 2013 by Cheryl Pellerin

U.S. Strategic Command can execute its full mission responsibilities today, but the impacts of fiscal uncertainty and declining resources in the next six months or a year could change that, Air Force Gen. C. Robert Kehler said March 5. Testifying here before the House Armed Services Committee, the STRATCOM commander characterized the impacts as an…

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Northrop Grumman successfully demonstrates Joint STARS, Global Hawk interoperability

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Northrop Grumman recently completed a successful exchange of radar data during a flight test involving the U.S. Air Force’s E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System and the RQ-4B Global Hawk Block 40 unmanned aircraft system. The demonstration was conducted Feb. 25. The exchange is the first collaborative effort to stream ground moving target radar…

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