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News Briefs October 21, 2013

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DOD begins the transfer of airbase in Kyrgyzstan The U.S. Department of Defense has begun the process of relocating from the Transit Center at Manas International Airport and plans to complete the transfer of areas and facilities to the government of Kyrgyzstan by July 2014. The current agreement between the U.S. and Kyrgyz governments on…

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Shutdown cost DOD $600 million in productivity

Posted October 21, 2013 by Claudette Roulo

Furloughs of civilian employees as a result of the government shutdown cost the Defense Department at least $600 million in productivity, the Pentagons top financial officer said Oct. 17. During a Pentagon news conference, DOD Comptroller Robert F. Hale said that in addition to the lost productivity, the shutdown generated a number of other costs…

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Lockheed Martin receives order for two C-130J Super Hercules for Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

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Lockheed Martin has entered into an agreement known as an Undefinitized Contract Action with the U.S. Government for the Foreign Military Sale of the first two of 25 potential C-130J Super Hercules airlifters for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Specifically, this contract action is for the purchase of two KC-130J refueling tankers. Here we see…

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U.S. quietly releasing $1.6 billion in Pakistan assistance

Posted October 21, 2013 by Bradley Klapper

The U.S. has quietly decided to release more than $1.6 billion in military and economic aid to Pakistan that was suspended when relations between the two countries disintegrated over the covert raid that killed Osama bin Laden and deadly U.S. airstrikes against Pakistani soldiers. Officials and congressional aides said ties have improved enough to allow…

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Military to reduce community, public outreach

Posted October 21, 2013 by Karen Parrish

Pentagon officials announced a plan Oct. 18 that will enable the military services to resume conducting community and public outreach activities in the new fiscal year, but at a significantly reduced capacity. This cost-cutting measure will yield a savings of $104 million in fiscal year 2014. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel outlined the Pentagons new strategic…

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US Army awards Raytheon $71.7 million to continue modernizing Patriot fleet

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Raytheon received $71.7 million in contracts from the U.S. Army to upgrade the Patriot Air and Missile Defense System with the modernized Radar Digital Processor (RDP) and Modern Man Station. The increased processing power of the RDP improves the radar’s reliability by 40 percent. The greater situational awareness with the new MMS increases safety and…

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Group wants grass replanted at military cemetery

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A group of veterans, relatives of buried soldiers and others are continuing their efforts to convince the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs to replant grass a military cemetery in West Texas. The landscape of the Fort Bliss National Cemetery in El Paso, Texas, reflects that found in the rest of the city. As part of…

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News Briefs: October 17, 2013

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Delegation lobbies for Alaska base for F-35s Alaska’s congressional delegation is lobbying Air Force leaders to base the F-35s at Eielson Air Force Base in Fairbanks. U.S. Sens. Mark Begich and Lisa Murkowski, along with Rep. Don Young, sent a letter to Acting Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning and Air Force Chief of…

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Northrop Grumman sponsors Australia UAV Challenge Competition

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Northrop Grumman photograph Dickson College unmanned air vehicle Dickson College unmanned air vehicle teammates work on their aircraft during the UAV Challenge – Outback Rescue in Australia. Northrop Grumman is sponsoring the 2013 and 2014 UAV Challenge ñ Outback Rescue, a competition in which students develop unmanned airborne vehicles that locate and deliver an emergency…

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Tyndall stands up new F-22 squadron – 24 total aircraft

Posted October 17, 2013 by Ashley M. Wright

Air Force photograph by Ashley M. Wright The 95th Fighter Squadron will reactivate Oct. 11 and will be the home of the transported F-22 Raptor combat-coded squadron. The 95th FS called Tyndall home for more than three decades deactivating in 2010. The reactivation allows for the cost-saving efforts of using already existing signs, facilities and…

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