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Staff Sgt. Stefano Cothran, 2nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron weapons load team, secures a GBU-38 to a pylon during the 2014 Global Strike Challenge on Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Aug. 27. The goal of the challenge is to showcase the world's premier bomber force and foster esprit de corps through competition and teamwork. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Benjamin Gonsier) Barksdale unit first to train with latest B-52 upgrade
The last B-52 Stratofortress rolled off the assembly line in 1962, but while the airframe itself is well-seasoned, the internal components are continually upgraded to keep up with the demands of the modern battlespace. Efforts like the Military Standard 1760 Internal Weapons Bay Upgrade program aim to keep the bomber at the forefront of U.S. power projection for decades to come.
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2016
Default Air Force Logo Tech Report: The continued evolution of flight
In this Air Force Tech Report we look at how wings work, and how the team at the Air Force Research Laboratory plans to take the wing to a whole new level.
0 3/08
2016
Default Air Force Logo AF presents fiscal year 2017 budget
The Air Force presented its fiscal year 2017 president's budget request Feb. 9 following the Defense Department and sister services’ budget briefings. The Air Force requested a top-line budget of $120.4 billion in Air Force-controlled funding that continues to take care of people, strike the right balance between readiness and modernization, and make every dollar count.
0 2/09
2016
Navy Adm. Cecil D. Haney, the commander of U.S. Strategic Command, addresses local media at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont., Jan. 14, 2016. During his visit there, Haney had breakfast with Airmen and leaders; toured the security forces, missile maintenance and other facilities; and discussed STRATCOM’s mission areas and priorities and Malmstrom’s role in deterrence and assurance with Malmstrom personnel. STRATCOM has global strategic missions that include strategic deterrence; space operations; cyberspace operations; joint electronic warfare; global strike; missile defense; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; combating weapons of mass destruction; and analysis and targeting. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman Collin Schmidt) STRATCOM chief talks nuclear deterrence, modernization
The global security environment calls for a continued strong nuclear deterrent along with modernization for elements of the nuclear triad and advanced training for U.S. Strategic Command’s workforce, the STRATCOM commander said Jan. 22 during a Washington, D.C., event.
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2016
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III speaks at an all call during his visit Jan. 21, 2016, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. Welsh spoke about matters pertaining to the Air Force and shared personal stories about himself and his service. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Arielle Vasquez) CSAF visits Guam, thanks Airmen who provide Pacific airpower
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III and wife, Betty, thanked Airmen and discussed the importance of their mission in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region during a visit to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Jan. 21.
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2016
Default Air Force Logo Tech Report: Air Force Prize
The Air Force is energizing domestic research and development with a $2 million prize for a lightweight, fuel-efficient, small turbine engine. This innovative acquisition approach will advance the technologies needed to support the world's strongest Air Force.
0 9/02
2015
Default Air Force Logo Tech Report: The KC-46A Pegasus
For over 50 years the KC-135 Stratotanker has been the Air Force's premiere in-flight refueling tanker -- but that's all about to change.
3 8/19
2015
The Sodium Guidestar at the Air Force Research Laboratory's Starfire Optical Range resides on a 6,240 foot hilltop at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M. Researchers with AFRL's Directed Energy Directorate use the Guidestar laser for real-time, high-fidelity tracking and imaging of satellites too faint for conventional adaptive optical imaging systems. Directed-Energy and Electro-Optics for Space Superiority (DEOSS) is one of 26 ground-breaking AFRL technologies which will be demonstrated during DOD Lab Day, May 14, 2015, at the Pentagon’s courtyard in Washington, D.C. (U.S. Air Force photo) DOD Lab Day to showcase groundbreaking technologies
The Air Force Research Laboratory will have a unique opportunity to showcase some of its groundbreaking technologies at the first ever Department of Defense Lab Day to be held at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., May 14.
0 5/05
2015
Default Air Force Logo F-35 program ‘on right track,’ director says
Despite its numerous setbacks, the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter program is on the right track to meet aircraft delivery deadlines, the program’s executive officer told a House Armed Services Committee panel April 14.
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2015
Default Air Force Logo CSAF describes Air Force of the future
In the future, the Air Force’s core missions will probably not change, but the way they are carried out will, said Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III on April 8.
2 4/08
2015
Default Air Force Logo DARPA uses open systems to boost airpower
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is unveiling a new program to boost U.S. air superiority by separating payloads such as weapons and sensors from the main air platform, and using open-system architectures to seamlessly integrate plug-and-fly modules into any kind of platform.
0 3/31
2015
Staff Sgt. Chad Ericksen conducts particle testing on a crane hook March 13, 2014, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Ericksen reports the findings of his test into the Parts, Inspection, Turnover (PIT) log that he created in 2012 as a way to better record maintenance records within NDI. Ericksen is a non-destructive inspection craftsman assigned to the 436th Maintenance Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class William Johnson) NCO banishes mountain of paperwork to the PIT
As years of logbooks and paper records stacked up in the 436th Airlift Wing Non-destructive Inspection lab, they needed to find a way to improve both their record logging system and their efficiency. Leadership knew they had a young, computer savvy Airman and they turned to him for the answer.
0 3/19
2015
Default Air Force Logo 32 Airmen to enter Career Intermission Program
Thirty-four officer and enlisted Airmen were selected to participate in the Air Force's Career Intermission Program which offers from one to three years of partially paid time out of uniform to focus on personal and professional pursuits. Two of those selected have since voluntarily withdrawn their applications and will remain on active duty.
9 3/04
2015
Default Air Force Logo 25th AF training breakthrough seen as 'game' changer
Visionaries at 25th Air Force are merging advances in technology with innovation and creative thinking to revolutionize how Airmen are educated, trained and developed in the intelligence community.
0 2/17
2015
Tracy Rycroft uses a laser scanner to capture part dimensions used to construct a 3-D model. After programming, the printer can run on its own 24 hours a day without manning. Rycroft is a 573rd Commodities Maintenance Squadron mechanical engineering technician. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tommie Horton) 3-D printer creates models that save time, money
As the intricacies of 3-D printing became more widespread, its capabilities have gained traction in the 402nd Commodities Maintenance Group at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia.
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2015
An AN/FLR-9, also known as the “Elephant Cage,” is seen Oct. 15, 2014, before its demolition begins at Misawa Air Base, Japan. The demolition process of the 137-foot-tall structure is expected to last until September 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman Jordyn Rucker) Iconic 'Elephant Cage' laid to rest
Demolition of Misawa Air Base's AN/FLR-9 antenna, also known as the "Elephant Cage," began Oct. 15 after nearly 50 years of service.
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2014
Default Air Force Logo Air Force launches strategic approach to asset management
The Air Force Civil Engineer Center recently rolled out the first comprehensive two-year Integrated Priorities List to strategically order funding of sustainment, restoration, modernization, environmental and demolition projects across the Air Force portfolio.
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2014
Maj. Brad Weber checks a screen that displays diagnostic information May 7, 2014, at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas. The IBS is a combination of three different upgrades, which includes a Fully Integrated Data Link, a Vertical Situation Display upgrade, and a Central Integrated System upgrade. The VSDU upgrades the B-1's forward cockpit by replacing two unsupportable, monochrome pilot and copilot displays with four multifunctional color displays, giving pilots more situational awareness data in a user-friendly format. Weber is a 337th Test and Evaluation Squadron, defensive weapons operator. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Alexander Guerrero) Weapons School students get first look at upgraded B-1s
For the first time, students from the U.S. Air Force Weapons School got to fly with the newly upgraded Sustainment Block-16 B-1B Lancer during the student's Integration Phase (IT) at Nellis AFB, Nev.
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2014
The first 389th Fighter Squadron F-15E Strike Eagle received a Radar Modernization Program upgrade at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho in June. The new radar system is designed to retain functionality of the old legacy radar system while providing expanded mission employment capabilities. (Original photo/Jamie Hunter, U.S. Air Force graphic/Tech. Sgt. Samuel Morse) F-15E takes first flight with new radar system
The first 389th Fighter Squadron F-15E Strike Eagle received a Radar Modernization Program upgrade at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho in June. The new radar system is designed to retain functionality of the old legacy radar system while providing expanded mission employment capabilities.
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2014
Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James addresses attendees of the Bloomberg Government Defense Summit at the Ronald Reagan Federal Building in Washington, D.C., Feb. 26, 2014. James discussed upcoming Air Force transformation efforts over the next several fiscal years.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Scott M. Ash)  SecAF discusses Air Force future, budget during defense summit
Defense industry leaders and analysts received an insight into the proposed Air Force transformation and a preview of the Fiscal Year 2015 Air Force budget during the Bloomberg Government Defense Transformation Spending and Strategy Summit Feb. 26.
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2014
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