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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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DOD officials detail defense posture in Asia-Pacific

Posted August 7, 2012 by by SFC Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

The Defense Department remains focused on building and strengthening defense initiatives in the Asia-Pacific region to reach the goals outlined in the U.S. defense strategic guidance, senior DOD officials said Aug. 1. Robert Scher, deputy assistant secretary of defense for plans, and David F. Helvey, acting deputy assistant defense secretary for East Asia, testified before…

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Defense official: Cuts hit war fighters, weapons

Posted August 6, 2012 by by Donna Cassata

War fighters heading to Afghanistan would receive less training while the Navy would be forced to buy fewer ships if lawmakers fail in the next five months to come up with an alternative deficit-reduction plan, a Pentagon official said Aug. 1. Imploring Congress to act, Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and the White House’s acting…

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Air Force has role in Mars Rover success

Posted August 6, 2012 by by Philip Lorenz III

As news broke of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory "Curiosity" rover's successful landing on the "Red Planet" Aug. 6, Arnold Engineering Development Complex's (AEDC) Hypervelocity Tunnel 9 Director...

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B-52s provide RIMPAC 2012 air capability

Posted August 6, 2012 by by 2nd Lt. Sarah Bergstein

Members from the 69th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, Minot Air Force Base, N.D., participated in nine sorties in support of this year's Rim of the Pacific exercise July 11 to 31 in and around training areas...

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Networked vehicle production in full swing at U.S. Army Detroit Arsenal

Posted August 6, 2012 by by Katie Cain

Beginning in October, the U.S. Army will begin fielding the first integrated group of networked technologies - radios, sensors and associated equipment and software - that will for the first time...

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Ospreys key to Asia-Pacific operations

Posted August 6, 2012 by by Claudette Roulo

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta in a joint news briefing with his Japanese counterpart Aug. 3 said the military has complete confidence in the MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft it recently delivered to Marines...

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Arizona’s Luke Air Force Base gets F-35 mission

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The Department of Defense has chosen Luke Air Force Base in Glendale for the new pilot training center for the F-35 fighter jets, city officials announced Aug. 1. The 71-year-old base in west Glendale was competing with bases in Tucson, Ariz., New Mexico and Idaho for the F-35 mission. “This is a great day for…

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U.S., Poland develop partnership through Screaming Eagle

Posted August 2, 2012 by by SrA. Aaron-Forrest Wainwright

Airmen from the U.S. Air Force's 435th Air Ground Operations Wing and 86th Airlift Wing continue to train with Polish military members in Exercise Screaming Eagle IV here July 24 through Aug. 3.

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Carter describes possible unintended effects of sequestration law

Posted August 2, 2012 by by SFC Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

While the Defense Department can foresee the harmful effects of sequestration, the nature of the legislative mechanism makes it impossible to devise a plan that eliminates or substantially mitigates those effects, Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter said Aug. 1. Testifying before the House Armed Services Committee, Carter explained the law’s effect on the defense…

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