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  1. An artist's rendering of a KC-46A refueling F-16 Fighting Falcons. Courtesy of Boeing Co.

    Altus selected for KC-46A training

    KC-46A Pegasus crews will train at Altus Air Force Base, Okla., when the tanker begins to enter the fleet in fiscal 2016, the Air Force announced Wednesday.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  2. This Oct. 12, 2008, file photo shows a U.S. U2 reconnaissance plane taking off at the U.S. airbase in Osan, south of Seoul, South Korea. The U-2 spy plane outlasted the Cold War, outlived its successor and helped avert the world's nuclear annihilation a half century ago. Defense cuts now threaten to knock the high-flying reconnaissance aircraft out of the sky. Lee Jin-man / AP

    Spy plane outlasts Cold War, but not defense cuts

    The U-2 spy plane outlasted the Cold War, outlived its successor and proved crucial a half-century ago when two superpowers were on the brink of nuclear war.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
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    Russians inspect Montana nuclear launch facilities

    Russian nuclear inspectors visited the U.S. amid heightened tensions between the two nations to verify that 18 nuclear missile launch facilities had been demolished as part of a 2011 arms control treaty, Air Force officials said Monday.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
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    2Lt. Krystin Shanklin, one of the BATMAN team leads. Researchers are testing Google Glass for possible use in combat zones. Richard Eldridge/Air Force

    Air Force R&D group experiments with Google Glass

    Combat troops could get a new tool in the utility belt, thanks to BATMAN.

    • Apr. 11, 2014
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    Army cadet Brian Petty, left, watches data on a computers with fellow cadets Wednesday at the Cyber Research Center at the United States Military Academy in West Point, N.Y. Mel Evans / AP

    Call of cyber duty: Military academies take on the NSA

    If Douglas MacArthur or Ulysses S. Grant went to the U.S. Military Academy today, they might be testing their defensive skills hunched in front of a computer screen.

    • Apr. 10, 2014
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    It has been more than 24 months since an F-22 pilot experienced a hypoxia-like incident, Lt. Gen. Charles Davis said. Tech. Sgt. Dana Rosso / Air Force Reserve

    All F-22s to have backup oxygen systems within 12 months

    Full installation of automatic backup oxygen systems on the F-22 fleet is expected to be complete by this time next year, , a top Air Force acquisition officer said April 8. Raptors in Alaska have already begun using the system.

    • Apr. 9, 2014
  3. Two senators say Air Force plans to stop A-10 flights and training in October are against the law. Master Sgt. Becky Vanshur / Air Force

    Lawmakers say Air Force plans to cut A-10 flights and training are illegal

    Two key senators say Air Force plans to stop A-10 flights and training in October are against the law.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
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    West Point cadets work inside a cyber lab. West Point is forming a cyber warfare brain trust at the academy. U.S. Military Academy at West Point

    Cyber warfare research institute to open at West Point

    The Army's academy has established a cyber warfare research institute to groom elite cyber troops and solve thorny problems for the Army and the nation in this new warfighting domain.

    • Apr. 7, 2014
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    The Air Force's MQ-9 Reaper, shown, and the MQ-1B Predator will conduct 65 round-the-clock combat air patrols in May. Master Sgt. Robert W. Valenca / Air Force

    Report details Air force plans for future drones

    The Air Force next month will finally reach the target number of 65 combat air patrols for its Predator and Reaper fleet, while the administration seeks to cut back on its drone operations in theater.

    • Apr. 7, 2014
  4. The Air Force plans to save $3.5 billion over the next five years by retiring all A-10s, like this one shown in southern Iraq. Alan Lessig/staff

    Air Force leaders stand firm on plans to cut A-10, C-130s

    Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh and Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James on Wednesday defended plans to scrap the A-10 fleet and retire roughly 40 C-130s to skeptical lawmakers who cautioned against making radical force structure changes too quickly.

    • Apr. 3, 2014
  5. Military drone crashes in Pa.

    Military officials say an unmanned aerial vehicle, commonly known as a drone, crashed near a central Pennsylvania school and a hotel.

    • Apr. 3, 2014
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    An Atlas 5 rocket is launched April 3 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Daniel Dreifuss / AP

    U.S. defense weather satellite launched at Vandenberg

    A U.S. military weather satellite was successfully launched into orbit early Thursday, the Air Force said.

    • Apr. 3, 2014
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    U.S. secretly built 'Cuban Twitter' to stir unrest

    The U.S. government masterminded the creation of a 'Cuban Twitter' — a communications network designed to undermine the communist government in Cuba, built with secret shell companies and financed through foreign banks, The Associated Press has learned.

    • Apr. 3, 2014
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    Mine resistant ambush protected vehicles are loaded onto the USNS Pililaau in 2007 at the seaport of Charleston, S.C. US Army

    Source: Pakistan already has U.S.-made MRAPs, new deal in works

    While controversy swirls over reports that Pakistan may receive some of the excess Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles that the United States has sitting in Afghanistan, American and Pakistani officials are on the verge of completing a deal to send n

    • Apr. 2, 2014
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    An MQ-1 Predator similar to this one crashed in September when a power converter in the aircraft's control module failed, according to an abbreviated mishap report released Wednesday. 1st Lt. Shannon Collins / Air Force

    Unmanned Predator lost power, crashed into Mediterranean

    An MQ-1B Predator flying a 20-hour mission in Africa crashed into the Mediterranean Sea on Sept. 17, the Air Force announced today.

    • Apr. 2, 2014
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    Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles are unloaded in 2009 from the MV Marilyn Vessel in the port of Antwerp, Belgium. Pierre-Etienne Courtejoie/Army

    Pakistan, Afghanistan, India all want leftover U.S. MRAPs

    The U.S. military has more Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles in Afghanistan that it can bring home — and Afghanistan, India and Pakistan are locked in a three-way competition for them, a former senior defense official said.

    • Apr. 1, 2014
  7. A column of U.S. Army mine-resistant armored vehicles (MRAPs) and Afghan National Army vehicles pass through a village in 2009 during a joint patrol in the Jalrez Valley in Afghanistan's Wardak Province. Maya Alleruzzo / AP

    U.S. says seeking buyers for old military equipment

    The United States is trying to sell or dispose of billions of dollars in military hardware, including sophisticated and highly specialized mine resistant vehicles as it packs up to leave Afghanistan after 13 years of war, officials said Monday.

    • Mar. 31, 2014
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    Night-vision contact lenses may be in your future

    Night-vision goggle technology has become more effective, streamlined and nimble in the past 10 years. But what if you could ditch that bulky headgear and pop in a pair of night-vision contact lenses?

    • Mar. 28, 2014
  8. Software issues may cause further delays to the multinational F-35 joint strike fighter program, according to the chief of the F-35 program office in the Pentagon. Air Force

    Further delays predicted for F-35 program

    The general in charge of the F-35 told a U.S. House panel Wednesday he sees more delays ahead — four to six months — for the often-troubled fighter jet program.

    • Mar. 26, 2014
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    An overhead view of the Nimitz-class replica being built by Iran. DigitalGlove via Navy

    Analyst: Iran's carrier replica unlikely to be movie prop

    Iranian media reports that Iran is building a replica of a U.S. aircraft carrier for a prop in an upcoming movie strain credibility, a naval analyst told Military Times.

    • Mar. 24, 2014
  9. The E-2D Advanced Hawkeye was among the Navy's requests under the Opportunity, Growth and Security Initiative. Northrop Grumman

    White House growth and security bill includes $8.7B for new weapons

    The Pentagon's share of the White House's $56 billion Opportunity, Growth and Security Initiative requests more than double the procurement money previously disclosed in budget documents earlier this month.

    • Mar. 24, 2014
  10. The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) transits the Atlantic Ocean to her homeport of Norfolk, Va., in 2009. Reports say Iran is constructing a mock-up of a Nimitz-class U.S. aircraft carrier. MCSA Leonard Adams / Navy

    Iranians up to 'no good' with U.S. aircraft carrier mock-up

    The senior Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee says Iran's construction of a mock-up U.S. aircraft carrier demonstrates Iran's continued lack of good faith.

    • Mar. 23, 2014
  11. Staff Sgt. Michael Delaune reviews a post-flight checklist for the Global Hawk. The Air Force will deploy Global Hawks to Japan this summer as part of the shift toward the Pacific and a heavier reliance on the unmanned plane. Master Sgt. Jason Tudor/Air Force

    Global Hawk to deploy to Japan for first time

    The RQ-4 Global Hawk, the massive surveillance drone once targeted for extinction and now considered by the Air Force as the answer for future intelligence needs, is expanding its reach into the Pacific this year with its first deployment to Japan.

    • Mar. 22, 2014
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    Hill AFB to begin transition to F-35 from F-16

    As northern Utah's Hill Air Force Base readies for the arrival of a new fleet of fighter jets, the base is preparing to phase out its mainstay aircraft.

    • Mar. 17, 2014
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    The Lake Kickapoo Field Station, 12 miles west-southwest of Archer City, Texas, has a 1.5 mile antenna operated by the 20th Space Control Squadron, and part of the Air Force Space Surveillance System, used for observing objects passing over the U.S. It is the primary anchor transmitter for the 'Space Fence' network for monitoring the space defense system. It extends east-to-west at about the 33rd parallel. The antenna has no public access. Torin Halsey

    AF moves forward on Space Fence

    The Air Force is pressing ahead with funding and intense supportfrom Congress for the 'Space Fence' system to track debris in low-Earth orbit, following delays and cutbacks driven by sequestration.

    • Mar. 15, 2014

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