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AF satellites to contribute to space neighborhood watch

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 7:43am
The Air Force plans to launch two operational satellites and one experimental satellite into near-geosynchronous Earth orbit July 23. According to Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James, "these operational and experimental systems will enhance the nation’s ability to monitor and assess events regarding our military and commercial systems. In essence, they will create a space neighborhood watch capability.”

GSSAP and ANGELS contribute to space neighborhood watch

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 5:18am
The Air Force plans to launch two operational satellites and one experimental satellite into near-geosynchronous Earth orbit July 23.

AF satellites to contribute to space neighborhood watch

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 5:18am
The Air Force plans to launch two operational satellites and one experimental satellite into near-geosynchronous Earth orbit July 23.

From trash to treasure: Converting Academy waste into renewable energy

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 12:40pm
During August 2013, the Defense Department Environmental Security Technology Certification Program funded CDM Smith, a national engineering and construction firm, to test how the U.S. Air Force Academy can reduce energy use and cost at its wastewater treatment plant, and convert food waste from its dining hall into energy.

Medical training in hyperreality

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 9:37am
The Air Force Medical Modeling and Simulation Training, or AFMMAST, is improving medical training is by adding hyperreality and high fidelity through the use of the Tactical Combat Casualty Care Cut Suit.

Air Force will provide assured access to space

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 11:11am
Gen. William L. Shelton, Air Force Space Command commander, stressed the importance of maintaining assured access to space to the Senate Subcommittee on Strategic Forces and Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation during a hearing on the options for assuring domestic access to space, July 16.

45th Space Wing launches ORBCOMM satellites

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 1:24pm
The 45th Space Wing supported Space Exploration Technologies’ successful launch of their Falcon 9 rocket carrying six second-generation ORBCOMM communications satellites July 14, from Space Launch Complex 40, here.

Existing tools help users reduce PII breaches

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 8:10am
Members of 24th Air Force are refurbishing an old email tool to help Air Force users reduce breaches of personally identifiable information, or PII.

Nellis AFB to add second large solar plant

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 11:12am
The Air Force is set to outdo itself with another large solar project at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada.

Missile-warning satellites contract awarded

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 9:57am
The Air Force Space Command's Space and Missile Systems Center awarded a $1.86 billion contract to Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Sunnyvale, California, for production of the fifth and sixth Space-Based Infrared System, or SBIRS, geosynchronous, or GEO, missile-warning satellites.

AF awards new combat rescue helicopter contract

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 2:15pm
The Air Force awarded a $1.28 billion contract for the initial engineering and manufacturing development phase of the new combat rescue helicopter to Sikorsky Aircraft Company on June 26.

Force Improvement Program changing future of Global Strike

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 7:36am
Lt. Gen. Stephen Wilson, the commander of Air Force Global Strike Command, addressed members of the Air Force Association on how the Force Improvement Program, or FIP, is fostering a culture of empowerment among nuclear enterprise Airmen and helping restore nation’s trust in the Air Force’s management of the nuclear enterprise.

U.S. conducts successful missile intercept test in Pacific

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 9:00pm
The U.S. military today successfully intercepted an intermediate-range ballistic missile test target launched from the U.S. Army’s Reagan Test Site on Kwajalein Atoll in the Republic of the Marshall Islands, according to a Defense Department news release issued today.

Global Strike, local university team to develop new bomber defensive systems

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 9:06am
Air Force Global Strike Command and Louisiana Tech University recently signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement which will allow the two to work together to develop new defensive systems for the bomber fleet based on nanoengineered graphene.

SecAF outlines changes for nuclear force

Wed, 06/18/2014 - 1:35pm
Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James outlined new incentives and measures designed to change the culture of the service's nuclear force June 17. Following a cheating scandal involving intercontinental ballistic missile launch officers at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana, and the subsequent relief of nine officers, a commander's retirement and 91 other airmen receiving discipline, James touched on ways the Air Force has begun to address "systemic issues."

AFCEC, AFCYBER partnership boosts infrastructure security

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 9:42am
The commander from Air Forces Cyber and the director the Air Force Civil Engineer Center signed an initiative here June 12, designed to strengthen the security of industrial control systems, or ICS, supporting critical Air Force infrastructures.

1st Space Ops assumes space surveillance mission

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 11:25am
The 1st Space Operations Squadron at Schriever AFB, Colorado, will assume command and control of the Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program (GSSAP) this summer. The satellites are a space-based capability that will operate in the near-geosynchronous orbit regime supporting U.S. Strategic Command space surveillance operations as a dedicated Space Surveillance Network sensor.

Space fence contract awarded

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 9:54am
The Air Force awarded a $914,699,474 contract to Lockheed Martin on June 2, 2014 to develop a system that will track objects in Earth's orbit with far greater confidence and fidelity.

'Final frontier' now complex domain for space safety culture

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 11:52am
Space, long thought to be America’s final frontier, has transformed over the past several decades into a complex domain the Air Force must operate in safely. Recent Hollywood productions depicting dangerous space events - hurtling space debris blowing satellites to bits; disconnected astronauts flying off into infinity - help show the risk, albeit exaggerated, of operating safely in space.

Battlefield Airborne Communications Node ensures warfighter connectivity

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 3:31am
Three recent achievements demonstrate how a critical communications capability managed here is continuing to keep warfighters connected. The Battlefield Airborne Communications Node, or BACN, translates and distributes imagery, video, voice and data, often from disparate elements, improving situational awareness by allowing ground troops to reach back for needed support over mountainous terrain.