Video: Auto-GCAS Saves Pilot, F-16

Auto-GCAS, or Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance System, is a pretty impressive bit of technology, and this dramatic video of an F-16 jet saving the life of its pilot is a great example of it in action.

First, the video:

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Supercarrier to Undergo Review of New Tech

USS Gerald Ford

In a move that is both very prudent and quite late, Frank Kendall, the Undersecretary Of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics, has ordered that the US Navy's newest and most advanced aircraft carrier - the USS Gerald Ford - undergo an independent review to determine the future of some of the Ford's most advanced technology.

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USAF Didn't Study A-10 Retirement Implications - GAO

An A-10 and its crew chief

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a fairly scathing report about the Air Force's plans to retire the A-10, accusing the USAF of incomplete research about the cost savings and tactical implications of retiring the aircraft.

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Video: Operations on a Flight Deck - Time Lapse!

Flight deck operations aboard the USS John C. Stennis aircraft carrier

The flight deck of an aircraft carrier is one of the most dangerous working environments in all of the military. The close quarters of aircraft, sailors, and equipment; the pitching and rolling flight deck; turning rotors and jet engines; and aircraft launching at recovering at a couple hundred miles an hour all make for an unforgiving workplace!

This makes the sailors who work day-in-and-day-out in this environment some of the best and watching the ballet that is flight operations on the carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) is awesome! Check this out, from our sister site!

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Despite USAF IOC, F-35 Still Falls Short

F-35 flies in formation with F-16

Coming just a few days after the Air Force declared its F-35A cleared for limited operations, the Pentagon's top tester expressed doubt about the aircraft.

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Video: Final Flight of an Apache Pilot - Awesome!

Final Flight in an Apache for Peter Gordijn
Peter Gordijn, a Dutch Apache helicopter pilot and author of the book "Wakker!" ("Awake!") takes us along for the ride during his final flight as an Apache pilot.

While we've seen quite a few low-level flights in fast jets, low-level has a different meaning to a helicopter pilot. For these guys, low-level means making groundhogs duck (do they have groundhogs in the Netherlands?) and looking up at bushes!

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F-35A Declared Operational

Yesterday, Tuesday, Aug. 2, the Air Force declared the F-35A had reached IOC - initial operational capability. This means that the Air Force can now send the Air Force's first F-35 squadron, the 34th Fighter Squadron from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, into combat operations anywhere in the world.

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Video: C-17 Airdrop of 8 Humvees

Humvee airdrop from a C-17

The US military operates in a wide variety of locations across the world, and one of its most important assets is its ability to move men and material massive distances. One of the best tools for this is the enormous C-17 Globemaster - an aircraft which can carry over 130 soldiers, 36 litters for wounded soldiers, or a wide assortment of vehicles - including tanks, Humvees, and even helicopters!

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Video: RAF F-35B in 4K

F-35 JSF

The first F-35B delivered to the British Royal Air Force was joined by two USMC F-35Bs at the RIAT (Royal International Air Tattoo) at RAF Fairford, and they put on a nice demonstration - not only of the F-35's maneuverability, but also the B-variants ability to land vertically.

This was the F-35B's British debut, and it looks like things went quite well!

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Defense Bill Includes Women's Draft Provision

With all combat jobs open to women, it was only a matter of time until this happened, but it looks like women will be required to register for the draft as soon as January of 2018.

Earlier this week the Senate passed a $602 billion National Defense Authorization Act, which included an amendment requiring all women between the ages of 18-26 to register for the Selective Service.

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