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DOD, Lockheed Martin Agree to More F-35s

Posted December 6, 2012 by By Claudette Roulo

WASHINGTON, Nov. 30, 2012 – DOD and Lockheed Martin have reached an agreement in principle to manufacture 32 F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter jets, Pentagon Press Secretary George E. Little said today. The jets are part of Low-Rate Initial Production batch 5 — the fifth production lot of the aircraft. Unit-cost data will be…

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Progress Continues Toward NATO Missile Defense System

Posted May 17, 2012 by Donna Miles

The United States will announce at next week’s NATO summit in Chicago that the new missile defense system in Europe has reached interim operational capability, the alliance’s supreme allied...

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At Eglin, F-35 fighter shaping the future of the military

Posted September 13, 2012 by Rob Johnson

Some of the speculation about looming federal budget cuts for the military has focused on Eglin Air Force Base, but Col. Andrew Toth sees a solid 50-year future there for his burgeoning training command. Toth is executive officer of the Air Force’s 33rd Fighter Wing, the global center for learning to fly and fix the…

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Panetta notifies Congress DOD preparing for furloughs

Posted February 22, 2013 by Jim Garamone

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has notified Congress that the Defense Department is prepared to implement furloughs for civilian personnel in response to the threat of sequestration. In a memo to all employees, Panetta vowed to continue working with Congress to avoid sequestration, which would add $470 billion to the $487 billion in defense spending…

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Summit Charts NATO Course in Afghanistan, for Future

Posted May 24, 2012 by Jim Garamone

NATO hasn’t just endured, it has thrived, President Barack Obama said at the conclusion of the alliance’s summit in Chicago today. Alliance and partner-nation leaders met in the Windy City and covered a range of...

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Dempsey meets with Turks to discuss regional issues

Posted September 20, 2012 by Jim Garamone

ANKARA, Turkey, Sept. 17, 2012 – The paving stones on the Road of Lions leading to Mustafa Kemal Ataturk’s mausoleum are purposely placed about three inches apart…

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F-35B successfully completes AIM-120 separation

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Lockheed Martin photograph On March 26, the F-35B Lightning II became the first F-35 variant to complete airborne weapons separations on three different munitions, the most of any model. Navy test pilot Lt. Cmdr. Michael Burks released an AIM-120 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile from BF-3 over water in the Atlantic Test Ranges. The F-35B is…

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Pentagon Supports Diplomatic, Economic Pressure on Syria

Posted May 31, 2012 by Cheryl Pellerin

WASHINGTON, May 29, 2012 – The Defense Department supports the U.S. policy of working with international partners to put diplomatic and economic pressure on Syria’s government to help stem the humanitarian crisis there, the Pentagon’s press secretary said here today.…

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Always remembered, never forgotten

Posted September 27, 2012 by Cpl. Mark Garcia

CAMP BASTION, Afghanistan — Hundreds of Marines gathered to honor the lives of two fallen comrades killed during the attack on Camp Bastion, Sept. 14.

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DOD looks at funding’s effect on personnel, programs

Posted March 29, 2013 by Jim Garamone

Defense Department officials are looking at the recently signed continuing resolution that funds the government for the rest of the fiscal year to discern how the legislation affects personnel and programs, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said March 27. The legislation may mean fewer furlough days for defense civilian employees. “The full range of options…

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