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Suitcase-sized capability keeps coalition network running during retrograde

Posted April 4, 2014 by Amy Walker

As U.S. and coalition forces draw down in Afghanistan and take most of their communications infrastructure with them, a new capability the size of a suitcase will enable soldiers to connect to the coalition network from anywhere on the planet.

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Budget constraints to delay aircraft modernization

Posted March 23, 2012 by

Some modernization programs may be delayed, but not reduced or cancelled due to a tightening of the budget, senior Army leaders told senators March 21. Secretary of the Army John McHugh and Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno testified Wednesday morning to the Senate Appropriations…

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Panetta, Dempsey say Pentagon feels sequestration’s shadow

Posted April 17, 2012 by by Jim Garamone

The shadow of sequestration is being cast over the Defense Department, and members of Congress must act to dissipate it, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said April 16. Panetta and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, spoke about sequestration and the defense budget during a news conference at the…

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Speckles, completes the last UAV flight in Iraq

Posted May 2, 2012 by by Chandra Lloyd

A 38-pound unmanned aerial vehicle with a 10- foot wing span takes center stage as being the last UAV to take off and land in Iraq. Dubbed Speckles, the unmanned aerial vehicle system was a collaboration of...

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Army completes network design for Capability Set 13

Posted May 15, 2012 by Story and Photograph by Claire Schwerin

The network design is the outcome of the Network Integration Evaluations and Agile Process, the Army’s new approach to rapidly developing, acquiring and fielding integrated mission command capabilities. Now that the network design is complete, the Army is…

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Shadow ‘enhanced platoons’ meet growing need in Afghanistan

Posted May 30, 2012 by by James Ryan

When the Afghan theater commander called on the Army to increase the number of Shadow platoons in theater during the height of the 2011 Operation Enduring Freedom summer campaign, the Army was ready...

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Panetta, Peres meet on security issues, defense relationship

Posted June 13, 2012 by by Cheryl Pellerin

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta met with Israeli President Shimon Peres June 11 at the Pentagon to discuss security issues of mutual concern and the nations' strong defense relationship, Press Secretary...

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Air Force officials announce milestone Atlas V launch

Posted June 21, 2012 by by Amaani Lyle

As part of the Defense Department's ongoing efforts to maintain assured, affordable access to space through 2030, the Atlas V rocket successfully lifted off from Space Launch Complex-41 at Florida's Cape Canaveral on June 20, Air Force officials said.

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Panetta welcomes opening of Pakistan supply lines

Posted July 3, 2012 by by Cheryl Pellerin

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta July 3 welcomed Pakistan’s decision to open ground lines of communication on the border with Afghanistan that have been closed since November. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced the decision after a telephone call this morning with Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar. “As I have made clear,” Panetta…

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Nuclear deterrence vital in complex world, general says

Posted July 13, 2012 by by Amaani Lyle

Deterrence planning and forces must fit today’s unique global security environment, the commander of U.S. Strategic Command said July 13. Air Force Gen. C. Robert “Bob” Kehler said a “safe, secure and effective” nuclear deterrent is vital in a “complex and uncertain world” that includes nuclear weapons and nuclear-armed states, and where several of those…

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