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NROL-45 launched from Vandenberg

A pillar of orange fire rose into star-spangled, velvet-black skies over Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., in the predawn hours of Feb. 10, heralding the deployment of a new National Reconnaissance Office satellite.

Air Force photograph by MSgt. Joshua Strang Defense

Arabian Gulf Shield improves interoperability

Training concluded Feb. 3 at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, with a scenario designed to test Gulf Cooperation Council Liaison Officer procedures and connectivity to host nation air operations centers.

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F-35 airframe begins third phase of structural testing

A third phase of durability testing on an F-35 Lightning II airframe will begin soon at the BAE Sysetsm Military Air & Information site in Brough, East Yorkshire.

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Christopher Ruano Defense

KC-135 integral to F-16 training in Greece

The first time the Air Force attempted to refuel an aircraft in flight, aircrews successfully stayed aloft for 151 hours. That was over 85 years ago, and the Air Force today has made quite a few innovations since then.

DOD photograph by D. Myles Cullen Veterans

From World War II to Afghanistan: USO Marks 75th Anniversary

Talk about the United Service Organizations and people think it is some holding company. But mention USO, and all Americans know it is a way for them to connect with service members.


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Pentagon defends use of Russian engines to launch satellites

Posted  January 29, 2016

Senior Pentagon officials Jan. 27 sought to defend the use of Russian-made rocket engines to send U.S. military satellites into space, telling exasperated lawmakers they are moving quickly to end the practice and rely on American-made rockets for the launches. But Air Force Secretary Deborah James and Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall failed to stem…

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Nellis goes full throttle for Red Flag 16-1

Posted  January 29, 2016

Combat air forces squadrons from across the world joined Tyndall Air Force Base’s Checkertails at Nellis AFB, Nevada, this week for the joint-training, full-spectrum, readiness exercise, Red Flag 16-1.

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Raytheon kill vehicle succeeds in developmental flight test

Posted  January 29, 2016

A Raytheon Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle successfully completed a data-gathering mission during a Missile Defense Agency flight test. The mission’s objective was to observe in-flight performance of redesigned components and gain valuable information on evolving threat classes. EKVs are designed to destroy incoming ballistic threats while they are still in space. As part of the MDA…

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Guard should retain Apaches, force must stand at 980,000, commission says

Posted  January 29, 2016

The National Commission on the Future of the Army, or NCFA, made its recommendations public Jan. 28 at the Hall of States in Washington, D.C. Chief among those recommendations, one of 63 in total, is that the Army National Guard should retain some of the AH-64 Apache helicopters it currently has.

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Boeing-led test improves U.S. missile defense technology

Posted  January 29, 2016

Continuing its efforts to maintain the United States’ technology superiority in missile defense, a Boeing-led industry team has successfully tested improvements to the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system. Working with the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, Boeing and its partners validated system components, increasing their ability to engage and destroy ballistic missile threats. A GMD Interceptor launched…

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