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Air Force stands up new Space Operations Directorate

Air Force stands up new Space Operations Directorate

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Aug. 18 (UPI) -- The U.S. Air Force has announced that its new Space Operations Directorate begins initial operating capability this coming Monday.The 43-member staff of the directorate, or AF/A11, is composed of military, government and contractor personnel. Shawn Barnes has been named assistant deputy chief of staff for Space Operations, and Maj. Gen. Pamela Lincoln will serve as mobilization Assistant to the deputy chief of staff for Space Operations.AF/A11 is meant to be a strong advocate for space capabilities inside the Air Force and with national security, commercial, and international partners."The A11 will be key to ensuring we link combatant commander and service space requirements with our capabilities," Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein, the joint chief most respo...
Air Force successfully launches LRASM missile from B-1B Lancer

Air Force successfully launches LRASM missile from B-1B Lancer

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Aug. 18 (UPI) -- The U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin have conducted the first free-flight launch of a Long Range Anti-ship Missile from a B-1B Lancer bomber at Point Mugu, Calif.The missile navigated pre-programmed waypoints before targeting and destroying a single moving target out of a group using onboard sensor criteria. It was the first complete functionality test of the LRASM."Today marks a significant step towards providing the operational community with a leap in critical surface warfare capability by next year," LRASM director Capt. Todd Huber said in a press release.The Long Range Anti-ship Missile is a derivative of the Joint Air to Surface Standoff Missile. It is a stealthy cruise missile designed to pick out specific naval targets using a modified Tactical Tomahawk mission data s...
National Guard activates cyber-security task force

National Guard activates cyber-security task force

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Aug. 18 (UPI) -- A full-time Army National Guard unit of more than 100 cyber specialists was mobilized this week, the largest mobilization of cyber forces from reserve units to support the U.S. Cyber Command.The specialists of Task Force Echo, which will support the U.S. Cyber Command consists of 138 soldiers from California, Georgia, Michigan, Indiana, Utah, Ohio and Virginia who were recruited for their skills and experience in cyber-systems and cyber-security.The Army said the soldiers will be integrated into the Maryland National Guard during their active duty."This is truly an important formation as we take a look at what we anticipate will be a total force mission," Lt. Gen. Paul Nakasone, commander of Army Cyber Command, said during a transition-of-authority ceremony. "The soldiers ...
Trolls force Google to cancel gender memo meeting

Trolls force Google to cancel gender memo meeting

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Google has cancelled a company-wide "town hall" meeting due to fears of employee harassment.The meeting was planned to allow Google staff to discuss an internal memo regarding gender roles at the company.James Damore, an engineer at Google, was fired on Monday after his 3,000-word essay, which argued that biological differences were responsible for gender disparity, provoked heated discussion.Confirming his dismissal at the time, Mr Damore said that he had been sacked for "perpetuating gender stereotypes" - causing a number of internet trolls to attach themselves to his sacking.These trolls have now led to a Google meeting regarding the memo being cancelled, as staff fear they will be targeted for taking part."We had hoped to have a frank, open discussion today as we always do to bring us ...
Air Force negotiating for Air Force One 747s originally slated for Russian airline

Air Force negotiating for Air Force One 747s originally slated for Russian airline

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Aug. 1 (UPI) -- The U.S. Air Force is in the process of finalizing a deal with Boeing for the purchase of two 747-8 passenger jets once slated for a now defunct Russian airline.Defense One reported Tuesday the contract could be announced as early as this week, though the Air Force and Boeing say the deal is still coming together."We're working through the final stages of coordination to purchase two commercial 747-8 aircraft and expect to award a contract soon," Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek told UPI.Boeing spokeswoman Caroline Hutcheson told UPI that the deal is still under final negotiations."We are working towards a deal for the 747-8s that will provide the best value for the Air Force," Hutcheson said.The two 747-8s were originally slated for the now bankrupt Russian airline Trans...