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DOD, nation face strategic choices, deputy secretary says

Posted September 21, 2012 by by Cheryl Pellerin

Grappling with the converging forces of strategic history and fiscal necessity, the Defense Department is making choices now that will determine how the nation transitions to the coming era, Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter said Sept. 19. Speaking at the Air Force Association’s Annual Air and Space Conference and Technology Exposition in Maryland, Carter…

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F-35: Newest fighter much more than just ‘stealthy plane’

Posted October 16, 2012 by Marine Corps Cpl. Daniel Wetzel

Air Force photograph by MSgt. Jeremy T. Lock F-35A Lightning II joint strike fighter crew chief SSgt. Darron Cothran (left) and a Lockheed Maintainer from the 58th Aircraft Maintenance Unit at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., pull the wheel chalks on the jet before taking off for a local training mission over the Emerald Coast…

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ESGR accepting nominations for 2013 SecDef employer support freedom award

Posted November 2, 2012 by

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense agency, is now accepting nominations for the 2013 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. The Freedom Award is the nation’s highest award for civilian employers that support their employees serving in the National Guard and Reserve. Nominations may be submitted by Guardsmen, Reservists,…

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Air Force secretary addresses rebalance to the Pacific

Posted November 21, 2012 by Master Sgt. Angelita Colón-Francia

Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley spoke about the Air Force’s role in the U.S. defense strategy to rebalance to the Asia-Pacific during the Air Force Association’s Global Warfare Symposium in Los Angeles, Calif., Nov. 16. Donley closed the symposium, which gathered more than 320 airmen, industry officials and Air Force Association members together…

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F-35B completes second airborne weapons separation Lightning II executes first drop of a 500-pound GBU-12

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The F-35 Lightning II Integrated Test Force accomplished another significant test milestone Dec. 3 when an F-35B successfully released another weapon in flight. BF-3, a short take off and vertical landing variant of the F-35, released an inert 500-pound GBU-12 Paveway II Laser Guided Bomb over water in the Atlantic Test Ranges while traveling at…

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‘Fiscal Cliff’ threatens defense strategy, Panetta says

Posted December 19, 2012 by Karen Parrish

The year-old defense strategy Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta helped put in place last January faces two major risks, he said Dec. 18: stress on the force, and a political system “that is depriving the department of the budget certainty we need … to plan for the future.” Speaking at the National Press Club here,…

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Team Apache announces nickname for the Apache Echo Model

Posted January 16, 2013 by Sofia Bledsoe

The world’s most advanced and lethal attack helicopter received a nickname by Team Apache at the annual government-industry Team Apache meeting at the Boeing facility in Arlington, Va., Jan. 8. The Apache Project Office selected “Guardian” as the winning entry for the AH-64E Apache. The “AH-6E Apache Guardian” will be a distinction from the AH-64D…

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CSA warns of budgetary ‘perfect storm’

Posted January 30, 2013 by J.D. Leipold

Army photograph J.D. Leipold Speaking before AUSA members Jan. 24, 2013, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno told them current fiscal uncertainty could result in a total operations and maintenance shortfall of $17 billion. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno said the greatest threat to America’s national security is fiscal uncertainty and…

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Cannon debuts latest in moving target technology

Posted February 11, 2013 by A1C Ericka Engblom

Explosions shook the air as the white truck, almost invisible through the dust and smoke, weaved its way across a training range towing a target being shot at by 40mm rounds from aircraft patrolling the sky.

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Air Force secretary discusses sequestration impacts at AFA

Posted February 25, 2013 by SSgt. David Salanitri

Air Force photograph by Scott M. Ash Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley delivers his keynote speech on the State of the Air Force during the Air Force Association’s Air Warfare Symposium & Technology Exhibition in Orlando, Fla., Feb. 22, 2013. In his remarks, Donley talked about the service’s need to balance the size…

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