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Lt. Gen. David Deptula (right), the Air Force deputy chief of staff for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, chats with Electronic Systems Center Commander Lt. Gen. Ted Bowlds during a June 10 forum near Hanscom AFB, Mass.  General Deptula later shared insights about key ISR challenges during a luncheon speech.  (USAF Photo by Rick Berry) A top AF official lays out 21st Century ISR challenges
In an environment marked by ever-increasing threats, Airmen must enhance an already-sharp focus on information gathering and sharing, a top Air Force official said during a forum held at a nearby hotel June 10. Lt. Gen. David Deptula, the Air Force deputy chief of staff for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, said that in air, space and
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A group of more than 30 civilians raise their hands as part of the process to officially become federal employees.  After a period of training, the new hires, most with advanced degrees, will become contracting specialists working for various contracting organizations here. (Air Force photo by Ron Fry) Wright-Patt welcomes new cadre of acquisition workers
The first crop of three groups of new civilian contracting specialists raised their hand here Monday, June 8 to become federal employees in the Air Force's acquisition workforce. The 33 college graduates, nearly all with either masters or law degrees, are part of a group of 138 new hires that will join base contracting organizations by August 31,
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The Earth Resources-2 Satellite, or ER-2, is a high-altitude airborne science aircraft based at the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.  It will be featured at Air Force Materiel Command's Freedom's Call Tattoo, June 26, on the grounds of the National Museum of the United States Air Force.  (NASA Photo) Look up, look around, there's lots to see at the Tattoo
Patrons can anticipate seeing a lot of activity in the air and on the ground when they attend the fifth annual Air Force Materiel Command Freedom's Call Tattoo on June 26.  Free and open to the public, Freedom's Call Tattoo takes place on the grounds adjacent the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. Activities begin at 5
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The Advanced Composite Cargo Aircraft made its first test flight June 2 from Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, Calif.  The ACCA is proof of concept technology demonstrator for advanced composite manufacturing processes in a full-scale, certified aircraft. It was developed by the Air Force Research Laboratory and Lockheed Martin.  (Lockheed Martin photo/Denny Lombard)
USAF Advanced Composite Cargo Aircraft makes first flight
The Air Force Research Laboratory and Lockheed Martin's famed 'Skunk Works' launched a new era of aircraft manufacturing technology and performance June 2 with the successful initial demonstration flight of the Advanced Composite Cargo Aircraft at U.S. Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, Calif. The ACCA is a modified Dornier 328J aircraft. The fuselage
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Air Force Institute of Technology’s new academic building at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base recently received the base's first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design “Silver” certification rating.  The effort is an Air Force initiative for improving energy efficiency and natural resource conservation at its installations while establishing safe, healthy and productive built environments and facilities. Wright-Patt recognized for energy efficient building
The Air Force Institute of Technology's new academic building here recently achieved the base's first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design "Silver" certification rating, a nationally accepted benchmark for facility design, construction and operation. "It is the first facility to receive a LEED certification on Wright Patterson Air Force
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A Proteus aircraft flies over Southern California carrying the Global Hawk variant of the new Multi-Platform Radar Technology Insertion Program radar. An Electronic Systems Center organization, the 851st Electronic Systems Group, has recently reached a key flight milestone for MP-RTIP by completing Radar System Level Performance Verification on two modes. Program officials aim to turn the sensor over to Global Hawk Air Force 18, the service's Block 40 test bed.  (Courtesy photo) ESC completes key flight milestone for advanced radar system
Equipping warfighters with the technology to detect moving targets in combat gained momentum when the Electronic Systems Center, in concert with prime contractors and other organizations, recently completed a key flight milestone for the Multi-Platform Radar Technology Insertion Program. "At this point we're delivering on the promise of advanced
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Col. Russ Fellers, program manager for the Air Force’s Combat Information Transport System, provides a roadmap for the multi-faceted program to the more than 200 attendees at the May 6 CITS Industry Day at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass.  (USAF Photo by Mark Wyatt) AFMC system key to Air Force cyber superiority goal
The Combat Information Transport System, known as CITS, is a high-priority item for the U.S. Air Force, which seeks to create, manage and defend a truly enterprise-wide internet. CITS, which will enable all of that and more, is so important that the Electronic Systems Center listed it number two out of more than 300 total programs during a recent
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