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U.S. remains committed to F-35 program

Posted March 29, 2012 by by SFC Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta March 27 reaffirmed the Defense Department’s commitment to the F-35 joint strike fighter program and to ensuring it remains within the defense strategy’s budget. The secretary spoke at a news conference following a meeting with Mexican and Canadian defense leaders in Ottawa, Canada. “As part of the defense strategy that…

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DOD to open new assignments for women in May

Posted April 26, 2012 by by Karen Parrish

Policy changes announced in February opening more than 14,000 new assignments to women in uniform will take effect May 14, Defense Department officials said April 26. Officials issued a Pentagon press release confirming that two changes to the 1994 Direct Ground Combat Definition and Assignment Rule can now move forward since the Congressionally-mandated notification period…

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GAO reports MDA could strengthen acquisitions by reducing concurrency, improving parts quality

Posted May 10, 2012 by by Marti Jaramillo

According to the Government Accountability Office, an investigative arm of Congress, in fiscal year 2011, the Missile Defense Agency, a research, development and acquisition agency within the Department of Defense, experienced mixed results in executing its development goals and Ballistic Missile Defense System tests. The GAO did the study because the MDA has spent more…

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Ballistic missile defense system sheds ‘science project’ label

Posted May 23, 2012 by

Since its inception under the Reagan administration, the U.S. missile defense set up had been characterized by research, development, test & evaluation spending. Over time, the former ‘Star Wars’ system has become a three-pronged program comprising of Aegis-based systems, Patriot-based systems, and a system based on the existing ballistic missile defense system. Analysis from Frost…

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Army hosts industry at Network Integration Evaluation

Posted June 7, 2012 by by Claire Heininger Schwerin

Army officials hosted more than 120 industry representatives at the Network Integration Evaluation 12.2 last week to show available facilities, answer questions and encourage industry participation in future...

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Exercises demonstrate Global Strike flexibility, capability

Posted June 19, 2012 by by Carla Pampe

Air Force Global Strike Command airmen participated in two major exercises this month, demonstrating the command's flexibility and global reach while testing its tactics, techniques and procedures.

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Army expanding, upgrading Gray Eagle fleet

Posted June 29, 2012 by by Kris Osborn

The Army is upgrading its fleet of MQ-1C Gray Eagle Unmanned Aircraft Systems while also advancing plans to equip each 10-15,000 Soldier division with its reconnaissance, surveillance, targeting and acquisition...

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Navy engineers test hybrid hydraulic technologies with heavy construction equipment

Posted July 13, 2012 by by Darrell F. Waller

Hybrid hydraulic technologies are being tested July 9-13 by Navy and Army engineers seeking to achieve greater energy efficiencies and reduce costs among the Department of Defense’s heavy construction fleet. The Army’s Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center, is working with engineers from the Naval Facilities Engineering Service Center; the 1st Naval Construction Division;…

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Verification, innovation key to success for NIE 13.2 candidate capabilities

Posted July 23, 2012 by by Lt. Col. Deanna Bague

During an industry day at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., July 19, which was meant to keep the industrial base informed...

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Carter describes possible unintended effects of sequestration law

Posted August 2, 2012 by by SFC Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

While the Defense Department can foresee the harmful effects of sequestration, the nature of the legislative mechanism makes it impossible to devise a plan that eliminates or substantially mitigates those effects, Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter said Aug. 1. Testifying before the House Armed Services Committee, Carter explained the law’s effect on the defense…

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