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The Air Force Association (AFA) is a non-profit, independent, professional military and aerospace education association promoting public understanding of aerospace power and the pivotal role it plays in the security of the nation. The annual AFA Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition brings together Air Force leadership and industry experts from around the world to discuss the issues and challenges facing America and the aerospace community today. The Technology Exposition also features aerospace exhibitions displaying and demonstrating the latest breakthroughs in air and space technology.

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Welsh: F-22 Flew to Drone's Rescue off Iran Coast

Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh on Tuesday sketched out a dramatic tale of a lone F-22 Raptor chasing off Iranian fighter jets over the Arabian Gulf. The confrontation is the first publicized engagement involving the Air Force's most modern fighter and military forces of Iran. "When the combatant commander wants air power there is only one numb... more

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New Air Force Tanker May Avoid Budget Ax

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – The U.S. Air Force's new refueling tanker made by Boeing Co. may dodge automatic budget cuts known as sequestration next year, according to the general who oversees the program. The Air Force plans to spend $52 billion buying 179 KC-46A aircraft, a derivative of the 767 twin-engine jet airliner, to replace a third of its ... more

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AFA Opens Amid Swirling Syria and Budget Debates

The Air Force's top generals will converge on Washington D.C. Monday for the Air Force Association's annual conference as the service simultaneously makes plans for a potential strike on Syria and tries to pick where it can hack its budget to meet sequestration demands. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh conceded the cuts to the service's... more

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Furloughs Severely Dropped AF Depot Production

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Sequester-mandated furloughs put a dent in what had been a significant increase in depot production this past year, but the head of Air Force Materiel Command predicts the service could be back on track as early as March. "We had to slow down substantially relative to all that great momentum that we had going [because of... more

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SOCOM Wants to Deploy MQ-9 Drones to Remote Areas

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Air Force Special Operations Command wants to pack up an MQ-9 Reaper in less than eight hours, fly it anywhere in the world aboard a C-17, and then unpack it and have it ready to fly in another eight hours. The Air Force can already ship an MQ-1 Predator aboard a C-17. Packing it up and putting it back together only take... more

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