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US Army Europe commander says theater needs a multidomain task force

WASHINGTON — The European theater “absolutely” needs a multidomain task force, according to Gen. Christopher Cavoli, who is in charge of U.S. Army Europe and Africa. But while the intent to deploy such a unit has existed for several years, little progress has been made. The Army is a few years out from converting its Multi-Domain Operations war-fighting concept into doctrine. The concept…
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Boeing’s F-15EX jet makes its first flight

WASHINGTON — Boeing’s first F-15EX took to the skies for its inaugural flight on Feb. 2, a milestone that will allow the company to deliver the first two planes to the U.S. Air Force by the end of March. After a couple of hours of delays due to weather — which also…
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US Air Force bomber unit sets up shop in Norway

COLOGNE, Germany — The U.S. Air Force is temporarily deploying 200 personnel with an expeditionary B-1 Lancer squadron to Norway to help manage bomber training flights in the region, U.S. European Command announced Tuesday. The service members, hailing from Dyess Air…
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Air Force study on future aerial refueling tanker could start in 2022

WASHINGTON — The Air Force could begin to lay out its vision for a future aerial refueling tanker, previously known as KC-Z, as early as next year, the head of Air Mobility Command said Monday. The service intends to conduct an analysis of alternatives for an advanced aerial refueling aircraft in fiscal year 2022, AMC commander Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost said during a Defense Writers Group…
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US Air Force has a fix for two major KC-46 problems

WASHINGTON — Two of the KC-46 aerial refueling tanker’s major technical problems may be in the rearview mirror. The U.S. Air Force on Feb. 1 announced it closed one of the Boeing-made aircraft’s six category 1 deficiencies — which indicate problems that impact operations or pose a safety risk — and downgraded another to the lesser category 2 status. The two issues both revolve…
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Submarine maker to add jobs amid $39 billion backlog in work

GROTON, Conn. — General Dynamics Electric Boat plans to add 2,200 jobs this year in Connecticut and Rhode Island as it tackles a $39 billion backlog of work, the submarine maker’s top executive said Monday. Kevin Graney, Electric Boat’s president, made the…
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Lockheed’s F-35 program head to lead aeronautics biz

WASHINGTON — Lockheed Martin announced Jan. 29 the appointment of Greg Ulmer as the company’s executive vice president of aeronautics, making him the top executive overseeing flagship aviation programs such as the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter as well as the secretive Skunk Works development shop. Ulmer, 56, has spent the past three years leading the F-35 program, Lockheed’s largest effort…
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