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Air Force News

Air Force to expand drug testing for prescription drug abuse

The Defense Department Health Behaviors Survey found self-reported misuse of pain medication for non-medical purposes by servicemembers increased from 2 percent in 2002 to 7 percent in 2005 to 17 percent in 2008, according to an Air Force release.

Tuesday - 03/13/2012, 08:27am EDT
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Force cuts won't alter Air Force's ability to do its job

Lt. Gen. Darrell Jones, the Air Force's deputy chief of staff for manpower, personnel and services, says that mandated cuts will not alter the services' ability to do its job.

Monday - 03/12/2012, 12:06pm EDT
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DoD plan aims to reduce battlefield energy consumption

Air Force Lt. Gen Brooks Bash, the staff logistics director, will oversee a seven-point plan to reduce battlefield energy consumption. The plan came out in June, and a has been put in place.

Monday - 03/12/2012, 09:32am EDT

Rising gas prices add more volatility to DoD budget

The services are spending $31 million more every time oil prices increased $1 a barrel. The unexpected increase in costs is forcing the Pentagon to take even a deeper dive to find areas to save or avoid spending on in both the short and long term. DoD sees improved acquisitions as a major area for further potential spending reductions.

Friday - 03/09/2012, 10:09am EST
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Air Force eyes manpower cuts -- even in its musical bands

The Air Force is right-sizing everything down to its musical bands as it tries to meet force reduction goals of its 2013 budget.

Wednesday - 03/07/2012, 08:45am EST

Air Force aims to turn cyber into a career

With cyber skills in high demand, military and General Schedule pay scales can't possibly compete with industry paychecks. The Air Force hopes to compete by letting airmen make a career out of cyber.

Thursday - 03/01/2012, 05:15am EST
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Air Force strategic plan focuses on cyber superiority

Lt. Gen. Bill Lord, the chief information officer of the Air Force, spoke with Federal News Radio's Jason Miller at the recent AFCEA Air Force IT Day in Vienna, Va.

Wednesday - 02/29/2012, 09:48am EST
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Analysis: Savings from going mobile can't come at cost of security

The government's adoption of mobile devices is only in its early stages. People hear about "wonderful, sexy new tools that are available for individuals, and we ask the question of ourselves, 'Why can they've be available in a working setting within government or industry?'" said one government technology expert.

Monday - 02/27/2012, 11:06am EST
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New fighter jet training stalls, grounding pilots

he best fighter pilots from the Air Force, Marines and Navy arrived in the Florida Panhandle last year to learn to fly the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the most expensive, most advanced weapons program in U.S. history. They are still waiting.

Monday - 02/27/2012, 05:27am EST

Air Force has new plan to increase small business contracting

The service will use both penalties and incentives to get their program offices and large businesses to award more prime and subcontracts to small firms. The Air Force issued a new small business improvement plan that details three goals to increase both the percentage of contracts and dollars going to small companies.

Friday - 02/24/2012, 05:28am EST
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Air Force testing mobile capabilities to replace radios

The Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Virginia is testing the networks and hardware of commercial carriers in its quest to go mobile on bases.

Wednesday - 02/22/2012, 09:10am EST
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How the military gets motivation right

In her 26-years of government service, Robin Wink served in both the military and the civil service. Wink says there's a lot civilian agencies can learn about motivating their workforces from those in uniform.

Thursday - 02/16/2012, 02:01am EST
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Air Force, USPS team up to grab cyber crook

A hacker had stolen the credit card information of more the 16,000 users of the Army and Air Force Exchange Service website.

Wednesday - 02/15/2012, 08:33am EST

Air Force trains flight attendants for VIP trips

Military flight attendants are part of a team serving America's top government officials, their staffs, guests and reporters aboard 19 planes flown by the 89th Airlift Wing out of Joint Base Andrews near Washington.

Thursday - 02/09/2012, 04:34am EST

Contractor convicted of over-charging Air Force by $300K

The Air Force Office of Special Investigations says Charles R. Priestley, 48, who operated Louisiana-based Hummingbird Aviation, was contracted to build and service helicopters for use in Afghanistan.

Wednesday - 02/08/2012, 09:59am EST

Air Force acquisition chief Van Buren to retire

David Van Buren announced Friday he is leaving his position as the service acquisition chief after almost three years. He will return to the private sector.

Tuesday - 02/07/2012, 12:23pm EST

More than half of Air Force personnel cuts to come from National Guard

The Air Force plans to further reduce its ranks by 9,900 airmen as part of DoD's overall budget reductions. The personnel cuts tilt heavily toward the Air National Guard.

Monday - 02/06/2012, 06:36am EST

Air Force to cut 10,000 airmen, shift aircraft

The Air Force says it will cut the service by nearly 10,000 active, National Guard and Reserve airmen next year, as part of a broad move to downsize and shift capabilities around the country to be better prepared for wars of the future.

Friday - 02/03/2012, 07:19pm EST

Air Force cuts personnel to meet revised mission

The Air Force expects to cut its end strength by roughly 10,000 under the new DoD strategy the Pentagon revealed last week. Also the Army's service chief indicated DoD plans to ask Congress for two more rounds of base realignments and closures.

Monday - 01/30/2012, 05:25am EST
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Correction: Sex Assaults-Air Force Academy story

In a story Jan. 22 about sexual assaults at the Air Force Academy, The Associated Press reported erroneously that cadet Stephan H. Claxton was charged with abusive sexual assault. Claxton was charged with attempted abusive sexual contact, wrongful sexual contact and assault.

Wednesday - 01/25/2012, 05:38pm EST
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