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F-22 Quick reaction test, modernization efforts lead to national recognition

When the 411th Flight Test Squadron’s F-22 Modernization Team at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., was tasked with a short-notice, quick-turn test, the members never imagined it would help garner them national recognition.

NASA photograph by Berit Bland Space & Technology

NASA Wallops successful launch rocks with student experiments

A NASA suborbital sounding rocket carrying multiple student experiments was successfully launched at 5:30 a.m., EDT, June 22, from the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

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ATACMS ready to test-fire at White Sands Missile Range

Field Artillery Soldiers will soon be ready to test-fire the modernized Army Tactical Missile System at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. Bravo Battery, 2nd Battalion, 20th Field Artillery Regiment will undergo intensive training here on the latest versions of software before operational testing.

Air Force photograph by R.J. Oriez Defense

Annual acquisition conference a success

Hundreds of acquisition and industry professionals gathered at the Air Force Institute of Technology at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, June 13-14, for two action-packed days of demonstrations and presentations from some of the greatest and brightest minds in acquisition, technology, intelligence and sustainment. 

Air Force photograph by Melanie Cox Defense

AFITC 2017 slated for August, registration open

Registration is now open for the 2017 Air Force Information Technology and Cyberpower Conference, Aug. 28-30, 2017, at Montgomery’s Renaissance Hotel and Spa at the Convention Center in Montgomery, Ala.

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Contract Briefs

Posted  June 16, 2017

Army   Lockheed Martin Missile and Fire Control, Grand Prairie, Texas, was awarded a $471,731,858 fixed-price-incentive foreign military sales (Finland, France, Germany, and Singapore) contract for guided Multiple Launch Rocket System full-rate production 12 for alternative warhead (2,868 rockets); unitary warhead (648 rockets); low-cost reduced-range practice rocket (370 pods);  and integrated logistics support. Bids were…

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Surviving Khobar Towers: An Airman’s Story

Posted  June 16, 2017

Courtesy photograph President Bill Clinton shakes 1st Lt Michael Harner’s hand during a visit with the survivors of the Khobar Towers attack at Eglin Air Force Base, July 4, 1996. President Clinton asked those at the memorial service including Secretary of the Air Force Shelia Widnall and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Ron Fogleman…

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Headlines – June 14, 2017

Posted  June 14, 2017

News Trump gives Mattis authority to send more troops to Afghanistan – President Trump has given Defense Secretary Jim Mattis the authority to determine troop levels in Afghanistan, three administration officials said Tuesday, opening the door for sending more American forces to a war that the Pentagon chief acknowledged the United States was “not winning.”…

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News Briefs – June 14, 2017

Posted  June 14, 2017

Veterans search for home for WWII submarine A group of military veterans in New Jersey is desperately trying to save a World War II submarine. The Navy gave the U.S.S. Ling to the group of veterans, who wanted to use it for a naval museum, The New York Times reported. The Borg family, which owned…

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Mattis says DOD needs years to correct effects of sequestration

Posted  June 14, 2017

Even if Congress acts now to rid the Defense Department of looming sequestration spending cuts, it will take years of stable and higher budgets for DOD to dig out of the readiness hole, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told the Senate Armed Services Committee June 13. The secretary discussed the President’s fiscal year 2018 defense budget…

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