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‘Space junk’ growing issue for AF space operations

Posted November 30, 2012 by Scott Prater

Members of the 1st and 7th Space Operations Squadron at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo., took notice when an upper stage Russian rocket disintegrated in low earth orbit Oct. 16. The break up introduced an estimated 500 pieces of debris into an area where the U.S. operates a multitude of satellites, further congesting an already…

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National Intelligence Council forecasts megatrends

Posted December 12, 2012 by Jim Garamone

The American Century is drawing to a close, and the U.S. Defense Department will have to be more flexible in dealing with a faster-paced multipolar world, according to the Global Trends 2030 report released Dec. 10. The National Intelligence Council has looked to the future to jumpstart the conversation about what U.S. policy should be,…

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Panetta lauds nominees for defense secretary, CIA director

Posted January 7, 2013 by Karen Parrish

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta Jan. 7 endorsed President Barack Obama’s nominee to succeed him at the helm of the Pentagon. Obama announced his nomination of Chuck Hagel as the next defense secretary at the White House today. The president also announced he has nominated John Brennan as the next CIA director. If confirmed by…

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Army freezes hiring, cuts base ops, reduces training

Posted January 23, 2013 by C. Todd Lopez

Army photograph by C. Todd Lopez In advance of possible extreme budget cuts that could arrive in March, Army leadership has called for an immediate hiring freeze and spelled out other pre-emptive measures meant to help the service prepare for a fiscal cliff. In advance of possible extreme budget cuts that could arrive in March,…

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Javelin demonstrates extended range capability in recent tests

Posted February 6, 2013 by

The Raytheon and Lockheed Martin Javelin Joint Venture recently demonstrated the ability of the Javelin missile to engage targets beyond its current maximum range requirements during a series of tests at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. During the U.S. Army tests, the Javelin system acquired and engaged targets up to 4,750 meters. “These tests prove…

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Sequestration could mean delayed redeployment for Soldiers in Afghanistan

Posted February 20, 2013 by C. Todd Lopez

The lack of an appropriations bill coupled with sequestration could eventually translate to Soldiers being delayed in their redeployment home from Afghanistan, the Army’s chief of staff said. Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, speaking at the Brookings Institution Feb. 15 in Washington, D.C., explained that replacement forces to Afghanistan in 2014 could be affected by a…

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Seal Beach trains first responders during Exercise Citadel Shield

Posted March 6, 2013 by PO1 Eli J. Medellin

Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach participated in the annual security training exercise known as Citadel Shield 2013 from Feb. 26 to March 1. Citadel Shield is the largest force protection and anti-terrorism exercise of the year and is conducted on naval bases and installations throughout the continental United States. “It’s designed to enhance the training…

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BRAC: Paring Army infrastructure would sharpen warfighters’ edge

Posted March 18, 2013 by David Vergun

Reducing the Army's infrastructure footprint would result in more money for training, modernization and personnel said a top Army official.

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Soldiers to get safer artillery rounds

Posted April 1, 2013 by David Vergun

Beginning March 2014, the Army will take delivery of new artillery rounds which will be safer, but which will also deliver the same performance as those currently used, said an engineer who has tested them. “Cost, performance and IM” were the deciding factors in the Army choosing IMX-101 to replace trinitrotoluene, called TNT for short,…

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Air Force installations chief testifies to Congress on BRAC, MILCON

Posted April 15, 2013 by SSgt. David Salanitri

Air Force photograph by SrA. Carlin Leslie Kathleen Ferguson, Acting Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for installations, Environment and Logistics, testifies before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction-Veteran Affairs, April 12, 2013. Fergusonís statement included topics as military construction, military family housing, environmental, energy and base realignment and closure. In testimony before the…

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