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Panetta blasts Congress for failure to avert sequestration

Posted April 3, 2012 by by Donna Miles

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta blasted Congress March 30 for threatening the Defense Department with sequestration he said would be devastating to the force. “Congress did a stupid thing,” he told crewmembers of USS Peleliu during a shipboard visit off the Southern California coast. “What they essentially did was to put a gun to their…

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New defense service enhances intelligence capabilities

Posted April 24, 2012 by by SFC Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

The Defense Department has begun a new effort to better integrate defense intelligence with the broader intelligence community and make the department a better, more versatile organization, a senior Pentagon spokesman told reporters April 24. “What we’ve done here is we’ve formed a new effort here called the Defense Clandestine Service,” said Navy Capt. John…

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Vice chiefs testify on readiness, contingency funding

Posted May 10, 2012 by by SFC Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

The services’ vice chiefs testified on readiness during a Capitol Hill hearing May 10, with most stressing the continuing need for overseas contingency operations funding. “These continue to be challenging times for our nation’s military, and we’ve been at war now for over a decade,” Army Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, Army vice chief of…

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Army assesses current vehicles as part of Ground Combat Vehicle development

Posted May 22, 2012 by by Ashley Piper

Last week, the U.S. Army began operational assessments of existing combat vehicles to validate capabilities against requirements for a new Infantry Fighting Vehicle. The effort, known as the...

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Gen. Wolfenbarger receives fourth star, assumes leadership of AFMC

Posted June 7, 2012 by by Kim Dawley

Gen. Janet Wolfenbarger became the first female four-star general in the Air Force and assumed the top position of the major command responsible for the technology, acquisition, test and sustainment of the service’s current and future weapon systems during ceremonies at Wright-Patterson Air Force…

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Unmanned Aircraft System operators save lives in combat

Posted June 19, 2012 by by Kris Osborn

Sgt. Christopher Harris was conducting a routine reconnaissance mission in Kunar Province, Afghanistan, in 2009, when the Puma unmanned...

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Propulsion flight improves maintenance process on C-130s

Posted June 28, 2012 by by SrA. Bryan Swink

Members of the 379th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron Propulsion Flight have implemented a new process that reduces the propeller maintenance repair cycle time for the C-130 Hercules here.

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DOD working to halt budget sequestration, Little says

Posted July 11, 2012 by by Jim Garamone

The Defense Department is working to avoid the possibility of budget sequestration, a maneuver which would trigger massive, across the board cuts in defense spending, something Pentagon Press Secretary George Little described July 10 as an “absurd” situation. “We have daily discussions with the Office of Management and Budget on a range of budget issues,…

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MH-53 helicopter suffers aviation mishap, crashes

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An MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopter assigned to Helicopter Mine Countermeasure Squadron 15 crashed 58 miles southwest of Muscat, Oman, July 19 while conducting heavy lift support operations.

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Defense cuts could hit civilian workforce

Posted July 30, 2012 by by Donna Cassata

Tens of thousands of civilian employees in the Defense Department could receive warnings about potential layoffs four days before the November election if impending spending cuts aren’t averted, hitting presidential battleground states such as Virginia and Florida hard. The alerts would come in addition to any that major defense contractors might send out at the…

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