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  • AFRL seeks to improve training, save lives with Live-Virtual-Constructive concept

    Two F-16s from the 56th Fighter Wing at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., received target coordinates and banked southeastward over the desert sands into their attack, dropping ordnance precisely as requested onto enemy mortar positions. But in this case, the enemy positions were coordinates at the Barry M. Goldwater Range Complex in southern Arizona,
  • Air Force, State sign collaboration agreement

    The Air Force and the State of Ohio signed an agreement today that will help support the military mission and foster economic development within the state. Maj. Gen. Bedke, commander of the Air Force Research Laboratory, and Lt. Governor Lee Fisher, signed the Memorandum of Understanding during a ceremony at the lab's headquarters complex. "This
  • Police reform aims to strengthen Afghanistan

    As this year shapes up to be the bloodiest in Afghanistan since the fall of the Taliban in late 2001, Coalition military experts on the ground here are working to help reverse that trend through police reform. Seven teams from the Combined Transition Command Afghanistan in Kabul make up the Focused District Development, or FDD, program that is
  • A-10 office wins Top 5 award

    The A-10 Precision Engagement Program, based out of the A-10 Development Systems Office here, recently won the Department of Defense and National Defense Industrial Association's Systems Engineering Group's Top 5 DOD Programs Award. The A-10 PE Program is developed by the A-10 Prime Team, which includes the Lockheed Martin Systems Integration
  • Structural Health Monitoring Tests May Aid Access to Space

    AFRL recently tested a Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) system that may help improve rapid access to space. The test activity leaves researchers just one step away from developing an Operationally Responsive Space (ORS) vehicle, a craft capable of launching quickly, returning to earth, and launching again within a few hours.The SHM tests involved
  • AFRL Incorporates Turbogenerator Into Integrated Cooling and Power System

    Engineers from AFRL and industry partner Smiths Aerospace successfully demonstrated the use of a turbogenerator in an integrated cooling and power system (ICPS) to provide extra power and cooling. This generator supplies additional power and cooling for aircraft that have no remaining margin for new electronics. Driven by engine bleed air, the
  • AFRL Funds Development of Self-Reconfigurable SuperBots

    An AFRL-sponsored research team from the University of Southern California is creating "SuperBots," self-reconfigurable robots capable not only of changing their logical or physical configurations (i.e., shapes, sizes, formations), but of altering their locomotion and manipulation to suit the mission and the environment. This research directly
  • Airmen Obtain Better Access to AFRL-Developed Hearing Protection

    AFRL developed a unique hearing protection and communications system known as the Attenuating Custom Communications Earpiece System, or ACCES®, under a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with Westone Laboratories, Inc. The innovative technology improves hearing protection and communications not only for military maintainers and pilots,
  • AFRL CRADA Improves Safety Standards for US Firefighters

    A study taking place at AFRL's Computerized Anthropometric Research and Design Laboratory under a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) could lead to improved safety standards--and, consequently, fewer deaths--for the nation's firefighters and rescuers. The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation approached an anthropometry surface
  • NATO Secretary General visits Afghanistan

    The North Atlantic Treaty Organization's top official traveled to Forward Operating Base Lagman here to meet with Afghan representatives and Coalition military members on Thanksgiving Day. NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, during a two-day tour of the country, arrived for an evening visit with officials from Provincial Reconstruction