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SMC, ULA enter into CRADA to certify Vulcan launch vehicle

The Space and Missile Systems Center at Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with United Launch Alliance as part of the company’s effort to certify its new Vulcan launch vehicle for National Security Space missions.

Air Force photograph by Senior Airman Kristoffer Kaubisch Defense

Carter: Nuke force changes are ‘bearing fruit’

Defense Secretary Ash Carter, who inherited a tangled web of problems in the Air Force nuclear missile corps when he took over the Pentagon in 2015, says he sees reason to believe that a push for improvement is beginning to show results.

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Hard work earns commission for Edwards staff sergeant

An Airman with the 412th Medical Group at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., was recently selected to commission as a second lieutenant in the Medical Service Corps. 

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U.S. Air Force awards Lockheed Martin contract for GPS III satellites 9, 10

The U.S. Air Force has awarded Lockheed Martin $395 million in contract options for the production of the ninth and tenth Global Positioning System III (GPS III) satellite.

Air Force photograph by C. Todd Lopez Veterans

Vets honored by Korean government, recall wartime experiences

About 88 veterans of the Korean War arrived in the nation's capital this week for a visit to the Korean War Memorial Sept. 24.

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News Briefs – September 16, 2016

Posted  September 16, 2016

U.S., Israel sign massive military aid deal; $38B, 10 years The United States and Israel have signed a new aid deal that will give the Israeli military $38 billion over the course of 10 years. It’s the largest such agreement the U.S. has ever had with any country. After months of negotiations, the unprecedented deal…

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High Desert Hangar Stories with Bob Alvis

Posted  September 16, 2016

Born and raised here in the Antelope Valley and the son of a Douglas Aircraft man in the 1950s, I had many opportunities as a kid to rub elbows with the early pioneers of aircraft that were really starting to push the envelope big time.

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Carter opens DIUx outpost in Texas

Posted  September 16, 2016

Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced Sept. 14 the opening of the Pentagon’s third location for its technology start-up Defense Innovation Unit-Experimental, or DIUx, this time extending the department’s outreach to the U.S. technology community in Austin, Texas.

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U.S. Navy links Standard Missile-6 with F-35 Joint Strike Fighter in first-of-a-kind flight test

Posted  September 16, 2016

In a first-of-its-kind engagement, a Raytheon Standard Missile-6 linked with an F-35 fighter destroyed a medium-range, medium-altitude, subsonic target. The USS Desert Ship (LLS 1), a land-based U.S. Navy Combat System equipped with the latest AEGIS Baseline, fired the SM-6, which intercepted the over-the-horizon target, out of sight of its operators. The mission was the…

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Worldview-4 satellite to launch from Vandenberg

Posted  September 16, 2016

The 4th Space Launch Squadron and United Launch Alliance are set to propel the Worldview-4 satellite into a Sun Synchronous orbit, from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., Sept. 16.

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