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Official explores cost-saving logistics initiatives

Posted December 5, 2012 by Amaani Lyle

A senior Defense Department official Dec. 3 underscored the importance of contractors, industry partnerships and allies at a time of fewer federal dollars and amid a transition to a post-war era. Gary J. Motsek, deputy assistant secretary of defense for program support, told the Defense Logistics 2012 conference that the post-Iraq and Afghanistan transition is…

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Oregon National Guard, Vietnam sign partnership pact

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The Oregon National Guard signed a pact with Vietnam as part of the State Partnership Program during a Nov. 27 ceremony in Hanoi.

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F-35C Lightning II hits weapons testing milestone CF-2 completes initial pit drop testing

Posted December 3, 2012 by Victor Chen

The F-35 integrated test force aboard Naval Air Station Patuxent River completed a weapons ejection milestone for the Lightning II carrier variant on Nov. 28. CF-2, the second F-35C test aircraft, ejected a 2,000-pound inert GBU-31 Joint Direct Attack Munition and a 500-pound GBU-12 Paveway II Laser Guided Bomb from an internal weapons bay into…

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Navy’s next Ford-class aircraft carrier to be named Enterprise

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Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced Dec. 1 at the USS Enterprise (CVN 65) inactivation ceremony that the third Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier will be named Enterprise. Mabus selected this name to honor USS Enterprise (CVN 65), the Navy’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, which was inactivated in Norfolk, Va. Commissioned in 1961, CVN…

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U.S., China militaries hold exercise to build trust

Posted December 3, 2012 by Christopher Bodeen

The U.S. and Chinese militaries wrapped up a modest disaster-relief exercise Nov. 30, hailed as a tentative trust-building step amid growing suspicions between the Asia-Pacific region’s largest armed forces. While not a full-fledged operation, the two-day exercise at People’s Liberation Army barracks outside the city of Chengdu consisted of U.S. and Chinese officers sitting around…

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Johnson gives legal background for war against al Qaeda

Posted December 3, 2012 by Jim Garamone

The United States remains in an armed conflict with al Qaeda, but it is important that the fight against the terrorist group is done in a lawful manner that does not compromise American values, Jeh C. Johnson told the Oxford Union in England Nov. 30. The group invited Johnson, the Defense Department’s general counsel, to…

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NORAD provides Website, apps to track Santa

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Children of all ages will be able to track Santa Claus on his annual journey, thanks to the North American Aerospace Defense Command. The “NORAD Tracks Santa” website at http://www.noradsanta.org is up and running. The site features a holiday countdown, games and daily activities, video messages from students around the world and more, officials said,…

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SecAF declares ‘modernization can’t wait’

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The Air Force’s senior civilian addressed the importance of modernization and the challenges ahead for the Air Force at the 2012 Aerospace and Defense Investor Conference in New York City Nov. 29. “Among the most difficult challenges facing the Air Force is the need to modernize our aging aircraft inventory as the defense budget declines,”…

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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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DOD, Lockheed Martin agree to more F-35s

Posted November 30, 2012 by Claudette Roulo

The U.S. Defense Department and Lockheed Martin have reached an agreement in principle to manufacture 32 F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter jets, Pentagon Press Secretary George E. Little said Nov. 30. The jets are part of Low-Rate Initial Production batch 5 — the fifth production lot of the aircraft. Unit-cost data will be made…

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