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Groups urge changes in courts-martial procedures

Posted March 15, 2013 by Richard Lardner and Donna Cassata

An Air Force general’s decision to reverse a guilty verdict in a sexual assault case is fueling support for legislation that would prevent commanding officers from overturning rulings made by judges and juries at courts-martial proceedings. Anu Bhagwati of the Service Women’s Action Network told a Senate subcommittee March 13 that commanders are unable to…

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Fly-By-Wire F-15SA makes first flight

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The U.S. Air Force and its prime contractor Boeing have completed a successful first flight of the new F-15SA advanced fighter aircraft for the Royal Saudi Air Force.

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Edwards begins F-35 operational testing

Posted March 15, 2013 by Laura Mowry

Air Force photograph by Laura Mowry Edwards entered a new phase of testing on the F-35 Lightning II program March 6 with the arrival of the first two operational test aircraft. The aircraft were flown by Lt. Col. Steven J. Tittel, 31st Test and Evaluation Squadron commander and Maj. Matthew L. Bell, 31st TES Operations…

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Air Force to retain additional intratheater airlift aircraft through fiscal 2014

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The Air Force announced it will retain additional airlift aircraft through fiscal 2014 in response to a congressional mandate to retain an inventory of 358 intratheater airlift aircraft. The Fiscal Year 2013 National Defense Authorization Act signed into law Jan. 3, 2013, included language directing the retention of additional intratheater airlift aircraft above what was…

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Speckled Trout reemerges, Team Edwards invited to up close, personal look

Posted March 15, 2013 by Kenji Thuloweit

The Speckled Trout has returned. The 412th Flight Test Squadron's highly-modified KC-135 returns home after a year-long maintenance overhaul in Greenville, Texas.

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Navy’s first littoral combat ship visit Pearl Harbor

Posted March 13, 2013 by PO2 Daniel Barnker

Navy photograph by PO3 Diana Quinlan The littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) arrives at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for a scheduled port visit during a deployment to the Asia Pacific region. LCS platforms are designed to employ modular mission packages that can be configured for three separate purposes: surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare or…

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MQ-8B exceeds 8,000 hour milestone aboard USS Bradley

Posted March 13, 2013 by Navy photograph

After exceeding the 8,000-flight-hour mark Friday, an MQ-8B Fire Scout assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 22 Detachment 5 prepares to land aboard USS Robert G. Bradley for a “hot pump” and re-launch while conducting maritime intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations in the Mediterranean Sea March 11. Fire Scouts aboard Bradley are routinely flying 17-hour…

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Navy LED bulb illuminates possibilities for industry

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The Navy recently developed a dimmable light-emitting diode bulb that has the potential to improve products in the aircraft and automotive industries.

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Future includes deployments, flexibility, Greenert says

Posted March 13, 2013 by Claudette Roulo

About a year ago, defense leaders sat down and said, ìWeíre at an inflection point,î the chief of naval operations said March 11. In a speech at the McAleese/Credit Suisse Defense Programs Conference at the Newseum, Navy Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert said defense leaders were faced with a complicated problem: draw up a new defense…

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Dempsey: Sequestration will affect programs, readiness

Posted March 13, 2013 by SFC Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

The Defense Department will see effects to long-term military readiness and support programs such as the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors under sequestrationís fiscal constraints, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said March 11. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey gave remarks and fielded questions from the audience at the National League of Cities…

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