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‘Saber Junction’ tests U.S., partners’ interoperability

Posted October 16, 2012 by by Denver Beaulieu-Hains

At the Grafenwoehr and Hohenfels training areas, and on more than 1,300 square miles in between them, the 2nd Cavalry Regiment is engaging a complex enemy in the exercise dubbed Saber Junction.

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F-35: Newest fighter much more than just ‘stealthy plane’

Posted October 16, 2012 by Marine Corps Cpl. Daniel Wetzel

Air Force photograph by MSgt. Jeremy T. Lock F-35A Lightning II joint strike fighter crew chief SSgt. Darron Cothran (left) and a Lockheed Maintainer from the 58th Aircraft Maintenance Unit at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., pull the wheel chalks on the jet before taking off for a local training mission over the Emerald Coast…

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U.S. continues to send nonlethal aid to Syrian opposition

Posted October 16, 2012 by by Jim Garamone

The United States will continue to funnel nonlethal aid to the Syrian opposition, and urges the international community to unite against Bashar Assad’s regime, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said Oct. 15. The State Department is providing $100 million worth of nonlethal aid to those seeking to overthrow Assad. The opposition in Syria rose after…

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Sound barrier pioneer celebrates 65 years

Posted October 15, 2012 by SrA. Jack Sanders

Retired Brig. Gen. Chuck Yeager, the first person to fly faster than the speed of sound, celebrated the 65th anniversary of his ground breaking event with a re-enactment Oct. 14. Air Force photograph by Lawrence Crespo Yeager was serving as a test pilot and flying the experimental Bell X-1 named the, “Glamorous Glennis,” Oct. 14,…

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U.S., China to consider sharing resources during joint missions

Posted October 15, 2012 by by Donna Miles

In what U.S. Pacific Command’s logistics chief calls a groundbreaking development, officials from the United States and China plan to meet to discuss sharing logistical resources, including fuel, as they operate together during counterpiracy and humanitarian assistance and disaster response missions. The United States has officially extended the invitation for a team of senior Chinese…

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First production-level F-35B arrives at NAS Patuxent River

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Lockheed Martin photograph BF-17, part of the third lot of Low Rate Initial Production F-35B Lightning II aircraft, arrives at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., Oct. 4. BF-17 will temporarily add to the complement of F-35B and F-35C test aircraft at the F-35 Integrated Test Facility before heading to its destination at Edwards Air…

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Predators, Reapers break flying record

Posted October 15, 2012 by A1C Michael Shoemaker

Air Force photograph by A1C Michael Shoemaker Maj. Dusty, 9th Attack Squadron MQ-9 Reaper pilot, and Tech. Sgt. Trevis, 49th Operations Group MQ-9 sensor operator (last names omitted due to operational security concerns) fly an MQ-9 Reaper from a ground control station on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., Oct. 3. The Reaper is a multi-functional…

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Political objections derail European defense deal

Posted October 12, 2012 by by Sylvia Hui and Sarah DiLorenzo

A deal to create a European defense and aerospace giant to rival Boeing collapsed Oct. 10 when BAE Systems and EADS NV called off merger talks in the face of government objections. The companies said they had “decided to terminate their discussions” over the proposed $45 billion tie-up because of conflicting interests between the British,…

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Foreign Military Sales a billion-dollar business

Posted October 12, 2012 by by Mike W. Ray

Brig. Gen. James Haywood, director of the Air Force Security Assistance and Cooperation Directorate at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the overall administrator of a $128.3 billion portfolio supporting Foreign Military Sales to 100 countries and nine NATO organizations.

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Partnership, engagement highlight Africa policy

Posted October 12, 2012 by by Jim Garamone

Say “Africa” to most Americans and they think of “the Dark Continent” – a land beset by problems and disasters, far enough away that anything that happens there cannot possibly affect America. And they would be wrong, said Amanda J. Dory, deputy assistant secretary of defense for African affairs. “What happens in Africa definitely affects…

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