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Nuclear deterrence vital in complex world, general says

Posted July 13, 2012 by by Amaani Lyle

Deterrence planning and forces must fit today’s unique global security environment, the commander of U.S. Strategic Command said July 13. Air Force Gen. C. Robert “Bob” Kehler said a “safe, secure and effective” nuclear deterrent is vital in a “complex and uncertain world” that includes nuclear weapons and nuclear-armed states, and where several of those…

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Special operations more than just combat

Posted July 26, 2012 by by Claudette Roulo

The nation expects special operations forces to be successful every time they are called upon, but they’re not wholly about combat, the commander of U.S. Special Operations Command said in Aspen, Colo., July 25 during a discussion moderated by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer at the Aspen Institute’s annual security forum. “We get a lot of notoriety…

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Service leaders weigh in on BRAC, renewable energy

Posted August 7, 2012 by by Amaani Lyle

Air Force, Army and Navy officials discussed renewable energy milestones, force structure changes, and the impact on military and surrounding communities affected by base realignment and closure in Monterey, Calif., Aug. 6. Terry A. Yonkers, assistant secretary of the Air Force for installations, environment and logistics; Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for installations,…

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McChord C-17 crews begin WinFly to Antarctica

Posted August 21, 2012 by by SSgt. Sean Tobin

The 62nd Airlift Wing began the winter flying period Aug. 20 as part of its support of the U.S. Antarctic Program and the National Science Foundation....

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Concerns persist over ex-SEAL’s bin Laden raid book

Posted September 5, 2012 by by Amaani Lyle

Defense Department officials continue to weigh their legal options against a former Navy SEAL who may have revealed classified information in a book he wrote about the Osama bin Laden raid, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said in a news conference Sept. 4. On Aug. 30, the Defense Department sent an advisory letter of material…

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SecAF highlights ‘state of force’ at AFA conference

Posted September 18, 2012 by by TSgt. Jess D. Harvey

In his keynote address at the 2012 Air Force Association’s Air and Space Conference and Technology Exposition in Washington, D.C., Sept. 17, Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley discussed major service accomplishments over the last 12 months and the Air Force’s strategic way ahead. Donley said the Air Force’s budget plans reflect both priorities…

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NATO chief welcomes new military leaders, discusses Afghanistan

Posted October 12, 2012 by by Jim Garamone

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen Oct. 10 welcomed the selection of Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen to be the new alliance commander in Europe and the selection of Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. to succeed Allen as coalition commander in Afghanistan.

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Life extension programs modernize ICBMs

Posted October 26, 2012 by Carla Pampe

Fifty years ago, officials deployed the first Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles to the missile fields in support of the strategic deterrence mission. Five decades later, these missiles are still in place, providing safe, secure and effective strategic nuclear deterrence. Since it first deployed, a number of state-of-the-art improvements and modernization programs have helped the…

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Deficit cutters look to Pentagon budget

Posted November 14, 2012 by Donna Cassata

One war is done, another is winding down and the calls to cut the deficit are deafening. The U.S. military, a beneficiary of robust budgets for more than a decade, is coming to grips with a new reality – fewer dollars. The election accelerated an already shifting political dynamic that next year will pair a…

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Pentagon ceremony recognizes sovereignty of Indian nations

Posted December 3, 2012 by J.D. Leipold

Army leaders and Native Americans gathered at the Pentagon, Nov. 28, to commemorate the importance of a recently signed Army policy directive that recognizes the sovereignty of American Indian tribes. Katherine Hammack, the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment, opened the event by telling the audience that the policy memorandum was…

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