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Unmanned QF-4 crashes near Holloman

Posted February 10, 2014 by

An unmanned QF-4 Aerial Target assigned to the 82nd Aerial Target Squadron, Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., crashed Feb. 7. The crash site is located inside the White Sands National Monument, which¬†was closed in advance of the test mission. The cause of the crash is unknown at this time, and the incident is under investigation….

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DOD enacts faster, more agile technology acquisitions process

Posted February 28, 2014 by Claudette Roulo

Information technology programs represent a considerable portion of all acquisition programs within the Defense Department, the assistant secretary of defense for acquisition said Feb. 26. In fiscal year 2010, the National Defense Authorization Act directed that DOD develop and implement new acquisitions processes for IT systems, Katrina G. McFarland said during a hearing of the…

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Unmanned vehicle demonstration showcases leap-ahead technology

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Working closely with Lockheed Martin and a conglomeration of Army technology, acquisition and user community stakeholders, the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research Development and Engineering Center successfully demonstrated an unmanned military convoy Jan. 14 at Fort Hood, Texas.

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Space superiority remains vital to national security

Posted April 7, 2014 by SSgt. Torri Ingalsbe

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Carlin Leslie Gen. William Shelton reviews his notes before testifying April 3, 2014, in front of the House Armed Services Committee subcommittee on strategic forces, in Washington, D.C. Shelton is the Air Force Space Command commander, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. Gen. William Shelton, the commander ofAir Force Space Command,…

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Altus, McConnell AFBs selected to receive KC-46A Pegasus aircraft

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Air Force officials announced April 23, that Altus Air Force Base, Okla., is the Air Forces KC-46A Pegasus formal training unit and McConnell AFB, Kansas, is the first active duty-led Pegasus main operating base. The KC-46A Pegasus aerial tanker remains one of our top three acquisition priorities, said Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee…

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DOD shows science, technology success despite hard year for workforce

Posted May 21, 2014 by Cheryl Pellerin

Despite a year of workforce furloughs and dwindling budgets, the Defense Department’s science and technology enterprise reports advances ranging from a full hypersonic weapon system and high-energy lasers to light-based brain treatments and new core capabilities in cyber warfare, senior DOD officials told a Senate panel May 14, 2014. Alan Shaffer, acting assistant secretary of…

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1st Space Ops assumes space surveillance mission

Posted June 11, 2014 by MSgt. Kevin Williams

The 1st Space Operations Squadron at Schriever AFB, Colo., will assume command and control of the Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program this summer. The satellites are a space-based capability that will operate in the near-geosynchronous orbit regime supporting U.S. Strategic Command space surveillance operations as a dedicated Space Surveillance Network sensor. Gen. William L. Shelton,…

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Army researches the future of 3-D printing

Posted July 3, 2014 by David McNally

One day, soldiers will get critical repair parts at the point of need through innovative, reliable 3-D printing systems. This vision of the future will lift the logistics burden and lighten the load to provide more capabilities at less cost, according to Army researchers.

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Rapid Equipping Force, PEO Soldier test targeting device at White Sands Missile Range

Posted August 1, 2014 by John Hamilton

Army photograph by John Andrew Hamilton SFC Justin Rotti, a combat developer from the Training and Doctrine Command Fire Cell, Fires Center of Excellence, uses a developmental hand held precision targeting device during a test at White Sands Missile Range’s 500k test site. White Sands’ terrain and environmental features make it well suited for testing…

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Minuteman III rocket motor aging surveillance test completed at AEDC

Posted August 25, 2014 by Raquel March

Arnold Engineering Development Complex personnel completed testing of a Minuteman III Stage II motor in the Complex’s J-6 Large Rocket Test Facility for aging surveillance of the 48-year-old defense program. “The Stage II motor is part of the Minuteman III Aging and Surveillance test program to obtain motor performance data that is used to identify…

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