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DOD report: North Korea still critical U.S. security threat

Posted May 3, 2013 by Cheryl Pellerin

North Korea’s pursuit of nuclear capabilities and development of long-range ballistic missile programs make it one of the most critical U.S. security challenges in Northeast Asia, according to the Defense Department’s first report to Congress on that nation’s military development. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel delivered the report, titled, “Military and Security Developments Involving the Democratic…

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Missile defense system completes successful intercept test

Posted May 17, 2013 by

The Missile Defense Agency and Navy sailors aboard the USS Lake Erie conducted a successful flight test of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense system May 15, Pentagon officials reported. In the test, the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense 4.0 weapon system and a Standard Missile 3 Block IB missile intercepted a separating ballistic missile target over…

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Navy’s third Joint High Speed Vessel launched

Posted June 7, 2013 by

USNS Millinocket (JHSV 3) successfully launched, June 5, from the Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Ala. The third joint high speed vessel is a versatile, non-combatant, transport ship that will be used for fast intra-theater transportation of troops, military vehicles and equipment. “This launch is an important achievement for the program, as it’s the first…

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Fanning becomes acting Air Force secretary

Posted June 24, 2013 by

Under Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning became the acting secretary of the Air Force June 21, succeeding Michael Donley, who departed the position after more than five years.

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Fanning makes first visit to Nellis, Creech AFBs

Posted July 12, 2013 by A1C Joshua Kleinholz

Air Force photograph by SrA. Matthew Lancaster Acting Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning speaks to Airmen about Air Force concerns during an all call July 8, 2013, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Fanning came to visit with Airmen at Nellis and Creech AFBs and answer questions they may have. Acting Secretary of…

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Navy awards $1.9 billion for fourth phase of P-8A production, readies for first deployment

Posted August 2, 2013 by

The U.S. Navy announced July 31 the award, to Boeing Defense and Security Systems, of a $1.9 billion firm fixed-price-contract for the procurement of 13 Low Rate Initial Production Lot 4 P-8A Poseidon Multi-Mission Maritime aircraft.

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Helium supply critical to Army research

Posted August 19, 2013 by Ryan Keith

Army photograph by Ryan Keith Henry Everitt, Ph.D., senior research scientist for optical sciences at the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center at Redstone Arsenal, Ala., describes the critical role liquid helium plays in conducting basic research of terahertz spectroscopic and imaging techniques. Army senior research scientist Henry Everitt doesn’t take…

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Hot pits keep F-35s flying

Posted September 9, 2013 by

Air Force photograph by Samuel King Jr.   Maintainers from the 33rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, attach the fuel hose to an F-35A Lightning II during a hot pit session on the 33rd Fighter Wing flightline at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Airmen, Marines and sailors are refueling their F-35 variants for multiple sorties via 96th…

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Rotational force in Australia paves way for big growth in 2014

Posted September 25, 2013 by Donna Miles

With the second rotation of U.S. Marines wrapping up its six-month deployment to Darwin, Australia, later this month, the senior Marine commander on the ground said all systems are go for the next rotation to increase five-fold when it arrives next spring.

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Unemployment benefits may help some furloughed DOD civilians

Posted October 11, 2013 by Cheryl Pellerin

On the 10th day of the partial government shutdown, DOD civilians excluded by law from Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s Oct. 7 recall to work of thousands of fellow employees still await an end to the political standoff that sent them home and stopped their paychecks Oct. 1. Hagel said Oct. 5 that the department tried…

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