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Improvements to Army’s new 5.56mm production lines help save government more than $20 million

Posted October 23, 2013 by

Courtesy photograph M855A1 slug cold heading operations at Lake City Army Ammunition Plant, Lake City, Mo. PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. – The Program Executive Office for Ammunition’s Enhanced Performance Round program shaved off more than $20 million dollars in a value engineering project aimed at renovating the bullet production lines and improving the program’s purchasing strategies….

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New contracting agency stand up increases AF flexibility

Posted November 15, 2013 by

The Air Force Installation Contracting Agency officially stood up during a transition ceremony at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, Nov. 13. Following manpower cuts last year, Air Force leaders designed AFICA, a field operating agency that reports directly to the deputy assistant secretary for contracting, to ensure bases around the world receive the installation contracting…

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DARPA takes robots to disaster mitigation trials

Posted December 13, 2013 by Cheryl Pellerin

Next week, 17 teams will take their multi-limbed, capable-looking robots through eight realistic disaster-response tasks that will make up the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Robotics Challenge Trials Dec. 21-22 at Florida’s Homestead-Miami Speedway.

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DARPA’s ‘bionic’ upper limb enhances life for amputees

Posted January 10, 2014 by Amaani Lyle

It’s metal, sleek and precise. It pivots and flexes like a real hand, or at least one from a science-fiction movie. But with no Hollywood special effects involved, brain research experts at yesterday’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Congressional Tech Showcase here demonstrated an artificial arm and hand that can do everything from picking up…

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X-51SA WaveRider tea mwins 2014 AIAA award for excellence

Posted January 29, 2014 by

The X-51A WaveRider team has won the 2014 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Foundation’s Award for Excellence.

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Great deal of symmetry between AF, national commission recommendations

Posted February 14, 2014 by Jennifer Cassidy

WASHINGTON – The national commission which was created to examine how to modify the Air Force’s structure to best fill current and future mission requirements, presented its recommendations during two public meetings on Capitol Hill here†Jan. 30. The National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force was established by Congress in 2013 to comprehensively…

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Coastal Riverine Force admits women to combat billets

Posted March 7, 2014 by

The Department of the Navy announced March 7 that women can now be assigned to previously closed positions in the Coastal Riverine Force, continuing in the Department of Defense's rescission of the 1994 Direct Ground Combat Definition and Assignment Rule.

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Ogden ALC completes organic mods on first F-35

Posted March 28, 2014 by Richard W. Essary

The Ogden Air Logistics Complex completed the Air Force’s first-ever organic depot modifications on an F-35 Lightning II. The F-35A variant aircraft, arrived at Hill Air Force Base†in mid-September 2013, and received four structural modifications intended to strengthen areas of the aircraft and extend its service life. Maj. Gen. H. Brent Baker Sr., the Ogden…

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Joint Staff official discusses Russian military evolution

Posted April 9, 2014 by SFC Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

Russias conventional military is a regional power, but has limited capability for global power projection, the Joint Staffs director for strategic plans and policy told Congress April 8. Navy Vice Adm. Frank C. Pandolfe discussed the evolution of Russian conventional military power during testimony alongside Derek Chollet, assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs,…

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Air Force implements DOS rollback phase II

Posted May 2, 2014 by Debbie Gildea

The Air Force has implemented the 2014 enlisted date of separation rollback program phase II, Air Force Personnel Center officials said May 1. The program accelerates the date of separation for Airmen who declined to acquire retainability for an assignment, training, retraining or professional military education, and who have fewer than 18 years or 20…

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