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Karzai: NATO can speed up handover of security

Posted October 19, 2012 by Slobodan Lekic

President Hamid Karzai said Oct. 18 the nation’s military and police are ready and willing to take full responsibility for security in the country if the U.S.-led international coalition decides to speed up the handover to Afghan government forces. With support for the already unpopular war fading in the West, there has been growing speculation…

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Nation faces ‘dangerous and unpredictable’ world

Posted October 19, 2012 by Claudette Roulo

The Hampton Roads area of Virginia has played a vital role in the history of the United States, and of the military in particular, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said in Norfolk, Va., Oct. 19. Since the Civil War and the first battle between two ironclad ships, the area has been on the leading edge…

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ATK awarded contract to deliver 30mm tactical, training ammo to the U.S. Air Force

Posted October 19, 2012 by

ATK announced Oct. 17 that the U.S. Air Force awarded the company a $32 million contract to produce 30mm tactical and training ammunition. The ammunition is used by the U.S. Air Force’s A-10 Thunderbolt cannon. “We are pleased that the Air Force has selected us to arm their A-10 crews,” said Bruce DeWitt, Vice President…

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Astronomers uncover a surprising trend in galaxy evolution

Posted October 19, 2012 by

A comprehensive study of hundreds of galaxies observed by the Keck telescopes in Hawaii and NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has revealed an unexpected pattern of change that extends back 8 billion years, or more than half the age of the universe. “Astronomers thought disk galaxies in the nearby universe had settled into their present form…

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Army engineers develop chargers for phones, laptops in combat

Posted October 19, 2012 by Dan Lafontaine

Army photograph by Tom Faulkner A team of U.S. Army engineers are developing new battery chargers for smartphones, tablet computers and laptops for deployed Soldiers without access to a traditional electrical grid. They have engineered and built prototypes for 8-port, 4-port, and 2-port USB chargers, as well as an AC/USB adapter – all of which…

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JLTV program moves into EMD phase

Posted October 19, 2012 by Kris Osborn

Courtesy photograph The AM General BRV-O vehicle is one of three in the Army’s Joint Light Tactical Vehicle program’s Engineering and Manufacturing Development phase. The U.S. Army-led Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, or JLTV program, is beginning a 33-month Engineering and Manufacturing Development phase, also known as EMD. The EMD phase is designed to test and…

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News Briefs – October 16, 2012

Posted October 16, 2012 by

China begins aircraft carrier flight training China has begun flight training on its first aircraft carrier, with photographs posted on websites showing navy pilots practicing touch-and-go landing exercises. Military enthusiast websites posted pictures Oct. 15 of a J-15 fighter-bomber executing the maneuver. It wasn’t clear when the pictures were taken, and they did not appear…

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Army completes first pilot Stryker exchange vehicle

Posted October 16, 2012 by Ashley Givens

General Dynamics photograph The Army completed its first vehicle in the Stryker Double V-Hull exchange program. The program was initiated in response to an Army requirement for additional DVH vehicles and to reduce the overall vehicle cost. Last week, the Army completed the first vehicle in their ground-breaking Stryker Double V-Hull, or DVH, exchange program….

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Silver Star represents 44-year closure for KIA airman’s family

Posted October 16, 2012 by TSgt. Benjamin Rojek

Air Force photograph by Val Gempis Rosalie Bacicia, sister of the late MSgt. James Calfee, reflects as she holds a photo of her brother in Houston, Texas, Aug. 22, 2012. Calfee, who was posthumously awarded the Silver Star Medal, was killed in action in Laos in 1968. “Promise me you’re going to find out what…

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Boeing to build 702HP communications satellite for SES

Posted October 16, 2012 by

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Boeing has been selected by SES S.A. to provide a new satellite that will expand direct-to-home broadcasting and other communications services to the fast-growing markets of Northeast Asia, South Asia and Indonesia, as well as maritime communications for vessels in the Indian Ocean. SES-9 – ordered through SES’ affiliate company SES…

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