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U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 1,921

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As of July 24, 2012, at least 1,921 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,598 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result of hostile action, according to the military’s…

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RIMPAC 2012 concludes

Posted August 7, 2012 by by PO1 Ernesto Bonilla

The world's largest international maritime exercise, Rim of the Pacific Exercise, officially concluded Aug. 3. The 23rd exercise in the biennial RIMPAC series, this year’s version involved 22 nations, more than 40...

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‘Vanguard’ Soldiers field precision-guided mortar munitions

Posted August 20, 2012 by by SSgt. Tanya Polk

On today's battlefield, the enemy often plans attacks in highly populated areas, hoping that U.S. service members won't retaliate and risk accidental injuries to innocent people....

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Iraqi air force F-16 training takes off in Arizona

Posted September 5, 2012 by by Maj. Gabe Johnson

While the Republic of Iraq anticipates an initial delivery of F-16 Fighting Falcons in September 2014, the pilots who will fly them embark on a historic partnership with the Arizona Air National Guard's 162nd Fighter Wing in Tucson, Ariz., to learn how to fly the multipurpose fighter.

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Forest Service deactivates C-130 firefighting operations

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The U.S. Forest Service has deactivated the Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System-equipped military C-130 Hercules as fire conditions in the West have improved. The 153rd Air Expeditionary Group received the notification late Sept. 14, releasing the two MAFFS planes and crews that were still operating, as well as the associated support and maintenance staff. All…

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ARL’s combustion lab sparks studies that could lead to JP-8 ‘super engine’

Posted October 12, 2012 by by T'Jae Gibson

Studies are underway at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, or ARL, to create a 'super engine' that could allow military ground vehicles, stationary power generators, and small unmanned aerial vehicles, for example, to operate with the same kind of fuel.

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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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‘Business as usual’ encompasses much for U.S., Australia

Posted November 14, 2012 by Jim Garamone

The annual Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations in Perth, Australia, was very much a “business as usual” conference that checked the state of the alliance and charted the way forward for the two countries. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta met Nov. 14 with their Australian counterparts, Foreign Minister Bob…

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Carter outlines U.S. security strategy in tight-budget era

Posted November 30, 2012 by Amaani Lyle

In a speech at Duke University, Durham, N.C., Nov. 29, Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter outlined new security strategies and challenges that he said will define the nationís future in a post-war era of fiscal constraint. Carter said the need to keep the departmentís ìfiscal house in orderî after more than a decade of…

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Aerosonde unmanned air vehicle provides Marines ISR support

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NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, PATUXENT RIVER, Md. ó Marines in Afghanistan witnessed AAI Corp.ís Aerosonde Unmanned Air System first flight Dec. 2. under NAVAIRís Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance services contract. AAI field services representatives conducted the nearly 10-hour mission and provided real-time full-motion video to Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron (VMU) 3. Under ISR services,…

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