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Ballistic missile defense system successfully conducts largest missile defense flight test in history

Posted October 26, 2012 by

The Missile Defense Agency successfully conducted the largest, most complex missile defense flight test ever attempted, Oct. 24. MDA, soldiers from the 94th and 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command; sailors aboard USS Fitzgerald; and airmen from the 613th Air and Space Operations Center conducted test, resulting in the simultaneous engagement of five ballistic…

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Industry partnerships key to mobility strategy, official says

Posted October 26, 2012 by Claudette Roulo

The Defense Department’s partnerships with industry, particularly in the mobile realm, are essential to its future success, the department’s deputy chief information officer for command, control, communications and computers and information infrastructure said Oct. 24. “I think that’s what’s going to make or break us in the future,” Air Force Maj. Gen. Robert E. Wheeler…

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DOD official encourages private-sector technology innovation

Posted October 26, 2012 by Amaani Lyle

The Defense Department has stepped up efforts to encourage private-sector innovation and its adaptation into the federal government, a senior Pentagon official said Oct. 24. John R. Mills, DOD chief information officer special assistant for cybersecurity, described the department’s outreach strategy in a panel discussion during a Security Innovation Network workshop. “Our objective is to…

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Leaner Navy looking at future technology, fleet size, sequestration

Posted October 26, 2012 by David Smalley, Office of Naval Research

Adm. Mark Ferguson, vice chief of naval operations, headlined the opening of the ONR (Office of Naval Research) Naval S&T (science and technology) Partnership Conference and ASNE Expo Oct. 22. Ferguson highlighted the importance of innovative S&T programs being developed by the Navy. He also offered a revealing look at the potential future for the…

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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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Green Flag keeps airmen, soldiers mission ready

Posted October 24, 2012 by SrA. Kristen High

Air Force photograph by SrA. Kristin High F-15E Strike Eagles from the 355th Fighter Squadron at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., prepare to launch for early morning missions on Barksdale AFB, La., Oct. 19, 2012. The F-15s will be providing critical close air support during Green Flag East to allow the 2nd Brigade of…

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Europe remains important to new strategy, general says

Posted October 24, 2012 by Jim Garamone

Europe remains important, even as the United States shifts its strategic focus to the Asia-Pacific region, the commander of U.S. Army Europe and 7th Army said during a Defense Writers Group breakfast in Washington, D.C., Oct. 23. “Europe remains one of our key strategic partners, Lt. Gen. Mark P. Hertling said. “If you take a…

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Westphal: Collaboration with industry saves Army money

Posted October 24, 2012 by Gary Sheftick

Army photograph by SSgt. Bernardo Fuller Under Secretary of the Army Joseph Westphal discusses the value of collaborating with industry on best business practices. Industry forums such as this week’s Association of the U.S. Army Annual Meeting and Exposition can save the Army money through collaboration on best business practices, service officials said. “Whether you’re…

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Army, DOD must adjust to budget, force structure changes

Posted October 24, 2012 by Amaani Lyle

The Army will continue to customize its mission objectives based on budget and force structure changes, a senior defense official said in Washington, D.C., Oct. 22 during the 2012 Association of the U.S. Army’s annual conference. Todd Harvey, director of force development for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, said a defense strategy drafted…

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Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach hosts native plant restoration event

Posted October 24, 2012 by PO1 Eli Medellin

More than 100 volunteers celebrated National Public Lands Day with a native plant restoration event onboard Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, Calif., Oct. 20. The event was made possible by a grant from the Department of Defense Legacy Program, intended to improve the wildlife habitat on base and involve the public. “It’s a chance for…

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