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Pentagon to Recommend One Percent Pay Raise in 2014

Pentagon to Recommend One Percent Pay Raise in 2014

 

Air Force Times
By Andrew Tilghman

The Pentagon will formally recommend that troops next year should receive a 1 percent increase in basic pay, which would be the smallest pay bump in the 40-year history of the all-volunteer force.

A defense official said the proposed raise is intended as a cost-cutting measure, the latest sign that the considerable budget pressures facing the Pentagon will trickle down to troops across the force.

Air Force to Use Laser-Firing Robots to Strip Paint from Fighters

Air Force to Use Laser-Firing Robots to Strip Paint from Fighters

Air Force Times
by Jeff Schogol

 

In yet another case demonstrating that robots can now do the work humans used to do, the Air Force has ordered a pair of systems that use robots with lasers to strip paint off its F-16 fighters and C-130 cargo planes.

Concurrent Technologies Corp. is lead contractor for the $17 million project, which is expected to go into full use at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, in late 2014, according to those involved with the program. Carnegie Mellon University’s National Robotics Engineering Center in Pittsburgh is a subcontractor for the project.

Obama Signs Defense Bill, But Blasts Part of It

Obama Signs Defense Bill, But Blasts Part of It

 

Air Force Times
Written by Rick Maze

President Obama has signed into law a $633.3 billion defense policy bill but said he is not happy the measure blocks proposed increases in Tricare health insurance fees.

The result, he said, could be deeper cuts in the number of military personnel.

McMahon: Two Month Delay Brings New Sequestration Effects

Retired Major General Robert McMahon, now CEO of the 21st Century Partnership, says Congress only scraped the surface with their New Years Day deal.

"We've yet to deal with the bottom-line issue of how we're going to get our spending under control and how we're going to deal with the deficit we've created, which is still that number one national security issue," he says.

Although Congress put off sequestration for another 60 days, he says that could mean more trouble for the 23,000 Robins Air Force Base employees if the delayed deadline is not met.

Sequestration is the across-the-board budget cuts that kick in unless Congress agrees to a more detailed debt-cutting plan.

If those cuts happen, that would only give the Department of Defense seven months to handle a $54 billion budget cut, instead of nine months.

Software Upgrades on the Way for Many F-16s

Software Upgrades on the Way for Many F-16s

Air Force Times

by Brian Everstine

It’s time for a software upgrade to the Air Force’s Block 40 and Block 50 F-16s, and for the first time, the two flying tech support teams are stationed at the same base.

It also marks the first time that the software is made in-house in the Air Force.

Previous versions were developed by the lead civilian contractor, with the developmental and operational tests occurring at separate bases.

Here’s what’s important about the F-16’s system upgrade:

What is the software? The operational flight program is the software in the Block 40 and Block 50 Vipers that controls all avionics and weapons for the jet. Earlier versions were created by Lockheed Martin, but this iteration is all Air Force, created by the 309th Software Maintenance Group at Hill Air Force Base, Utah.

The players.

Flag at Half-Staff for Senator Daniel Inouye

Flag at Half-Staff for Senator Daniel Inouye

In honor of the memory and longstanding service of Hawaii Senator Daniel K. Inouye, the flag of the United States will be flown at half-staff through sunset on the day of Senator Inouye's internment, anticipated to be Dec. 23.

Defense Bill Spares 3,300 Airmen, Global Hawks

Defense Bill Spares 3,300 Airmen, Global Hawks