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Technological innovations in the history of the U.S. Air Force

From the earliest days of flight, airmen strived to set or exceed new altitude, speed, and distance records. The USAF has fostered new technologies resulting in sometimes exponential improvements in these and other areas.

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U.S. Air Force celebrates 70th anniversary

U.S. military aviation has changed over the years — from bi-planes during World War I to the modern jet fighter aircraft — but one thing remains constant, the motivation and resiliency of U.S. Airmen to protect and defend their home. On Sept. 18, the U.S. Air Force will celebrate its 70th anniversary.

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Cassini spacecraft ends historic exploration of Saturn

A thrilling epoch in the exploration of our solar system came to a close today, as NASA's Cassini spacecraft made a fateful plunge into the atmosphere of Saturn, ending its 13-year tour of the ringed planet.

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Supervised autonomy the goal in Army aviation, says major general

With all of the publicity surrounding autonomous cars in America, people might wonder if autonomous aircraft or unmanned aerial systems are to follow, particularly in the military.

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Defense, academia test systems for GPS denial

Navigating the globe was once done using the sun, moon and stars as reference, but modern times bring modern methods, and the majority of the world now relies on GPS for its navigation needs.


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DoD

Two-year probationary period now in effect for new civilians

Posted  November 22, 2016

All new federal employees appointed within the Department of Defense to permanent positions in the competitive service are now required to serve a two-year probationary period.  The new requirement took effect Nov. 26, 2015, as part of the fiscal year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act. The change does not apply to employees appointed prior to that…

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Air Force agreement helps small business compete in the general aviation industry

Posted  November 22, 2016

A patent licensing agreement and cooperative research and development agreement with the Air Force have been major factors in helping one small business directly compete with the largest aviation companies in the industry.

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Business

Boeing names new senior leaders, launches Integrated Services Business

Posted  November 22, 2016

Boeing photograph Ray Conner Boeing Chairman, President and CEO Dennis Muilenburg Nov. 21 named Kevin G. McAllister president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, succeeding company Vice Chairman Ray Conner in that role. Muilenburg also appointed Stanley A. Deal president and CEO of Boeing Global Services, a new business unit to be formed from the…

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Defense

Advanced structural health monitoring technology for weapon systems is one goal of new AFRL agreement

Posted  November 22, 2016

A new agreement between the Air Force and academia will help advance critical technologies, such as those used to reliably monitor structures of the next-generation munitions airframes and other weapons systems. The Air Force Research Laboratory Munitions Directorate recently signed an educational partnership agreement with Iowa State University of Science and Technology. The 28-month agreement…

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Headlines – November 18, 2016

Posted  November 18, 2016

News One month in, Iraq still faces grueling urban combat in Mosul – Layers of hastily erected barricades built from rubble and twisted metal trace Mosul’s eastern front line where Iraqi forces and Islamic State group fighters are facing off in the dense neighborhoods and narrow alleyways of the country’s second largest city.    …

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