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Eight navies complete East African exercise Custlass Express

Posted November 9, 2012 by By Lt. Nathan Potter

Sailors and maritime professionals from eight nations wrapped up Exercise Cutlass Express 2012-2 after a week of multinational maritime events in the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden, Nov. 1-8.

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Army researchers link ground robots wirelessly

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Four U.S. Army Research Laboratory researchers have developed an algorithm that will make it easier for the Department of Defense to maintain wirelessly networked Army PackBots and other military assets using radio communications.

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Air Force establishes full-time presence in Poland

Posted November 9, 2012 by Jim Garamone

U.S. officials praised the long-standing relationship with Poland as they celebrated the first full-time U.S. military presence in that nation Nov. 8. During a ceremony at Lask Air Base, located about 100 miles southwest of Warsaw, U.S. Air Force personnel flew the American flag, marking the establishment of a small unit dedicated to supporting multi-national…

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Air Force senior leaders approve doctrine restructure

Posted November 9, 2012 by Phil Berube

Officials at the LeMay Center for Doctrine Development and Education at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., announce that by next fall, Air Force doctrine will be restructured, streamlined and accessible to anyone with an e-reader, smartphone or tablet. Dubbed “Doctrine Next,” the initiative overhauls doctrine development processes to better reflect Air Force and Joint “best…

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Navy UCAS lab gives the fleet a glimpse at future carrier-based unmanned aircraft operations

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Navy representatives recently participated in tests for the Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstration that will drive recommendations for digital messaging implementation and unmanned aircraft integration into the carrier environment. Air traffic controllers from USS Carl Vinson and USS Abraham Lincoln supported the final Human Systems Integration modeling and simulation testing at the N-UCAS Aviation/Ship Integration…

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Sentry UAVs launch first flight at Naval Postgraduate School

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Demonstrating its growing partnership with the Naval Postgraduate School, the Specialized and Proven Aircraft Program Office supported the institution’s “first flight” of a Sentry Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Oct. 19. Under a new agreement with NPS, PMA-226 manages nine Block 20 and five newer Block 30 Sentry UAVs, expanding the organization’s portfolio beyond manned aircraft. “The…

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Upgraded Apache helicopter OK’d for production

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The Defense Acquisition Board decision regarding full-rate production for the Apache Block III helicopter program was announced Oct. 24, by Army officials at a briefing in Washington, D.C. Additionally, Apache project manager Col. Jeffrey Hager confirmed that the Apache Block III is being re-designated as an AH-64E model. The announcement event was attended by 20…

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Pentagon moves to refine acquisitions process, official says

Posted November 7, 2012 by SFC Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

The Defense Department continues to do all it can to enhance the defense acquisition process, improving the Pentagon’s buying power and maximizing value for taxpayers’ money, a senior Pentagon official said Nov. 5. Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, shared his latest efforts to improve the process as he spoke during…

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F-35 celebrates 500th sortie as program grows

Posted November 7, 2012 by Maj. Karen Roganov

The Air Force’s premier fighter, the F-35 Lightning II, surpassed its 500th sortie only 16 days after reaching the 400 mark and only 238 days from the beginning of the program. Maj. Matthew Johnston of the 58th Fighter Squadron at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., completed the 500th combined sortie for both the F-35A and…

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Army adapting to face ‘deep future’ threats

Posted November 7, 2012 by Janeene Yarber

During the recent 2012 Association of the United States Army’s Annual Meeting and Exposition, members of the Institute of Land Warfare’s “Thinking Past Tomorrow – Where is the Army Going?” panel described the Army of the future, with a focus on the concepts and capabilities needed to meet future unknown threats. “We, as an Army,…

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