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Navy will invite China to Pacific Rim exercise

Posted September 18, 2012 by by Karen Parrish

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and his Chinese counterpart, Defense Minister Gen. Liang Guanglie, told reporters in Beijing, China, Sept. 18 they see progress and room for growth in the two nations’ military relationship. During a news conference following small- and large-group meetings the two attended this morning, Panetta said he informed the general today…

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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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Panetta arrives in China for three-day visit

Posted September 17, 2012 by Karen Parrish

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta arrived in Beijing, China, Sept. 17 for a three-day visit after wrapping up a trip to Japan earlier in the day. Two senior defense officials traveling with the secretary briefed reporters traveling with Panetta on the secretary’s planned schedule for China. He will spend three days here instead of the…

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Air Force, NASA leaders review F-22 findings, fixes with congressional subcommittee

Posted September 17, 2012 by Sgt. Jess D. Harvey

Air Force and NASA leaders testified Sept. 13 before the House Armed Services Committee's Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces about the F-22 Raptor.

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U.S., Japan agree to add second radar installation

Posted September 17, 2012 by Karen Parrish

DOD photograph by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta walks with U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Salvatore A. Angelella, commander of U.S. Forces Japan, upon arriving in Tokyo, Sept. 16, 2012. Panetta is scheduled to visit with defense counterparts in Tokyo before traveling to Beijing and Auckland, New Zealand, during a week-long…

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Leaders to committee: Air Force on track for 2014 auditability deadline

Posted September 17, 2012 by by TSgt. Jess D. Harvey

Leaders from each armed service and the Defense Department testified Sept. 14 to the House Armed Services Committee about the DOD’s efforts to become auditable by 2014. The original auditable date was 2017, but Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta accelerated that goal in late 2011 by setting a DOD-wide 2014 deadline for audit readiness. “We…

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Leaders look at Army of 2020 and beyond

Posted September 17, 2012 by David Vergun

As the Army transitions away from wartime commitments, what should the strategic focus be for future challenges?

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Predator B demonstrates automatic takeoff, landing capability

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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. announced Sept. 17 that its Predator(r) B/MQ-9 Reaper RPA has successfully completed 106 full-stop Automatic Takeoff and Landing Capability landings, a first for the multi-mission aircraft. The milestone was first achieved with four ATLC landings on June 27 at the company’s Gray Butte Flight Operations Facility in Palmdale, Calif. GA-ASI…

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Air Force begins testing newest AEHF satellite

Posted September 17, 2012 by Scott Prater

Following a four-month journey, the second Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite reached geosynchronous orbit Aug. 27. The event is significant to the 4th Space Operations Squadron at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo., because nearly 100 squadron members are now heavily involved in testing the vehicle. The Space and Missile Systems Center in Los Angeles will…

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Panetta addresses Osprey, territory disputes in Japan visit

Posted September 17, 2012 by by Karen Parrish

On a day that he began in Japan and is finishing in China, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta responded to questions on the U.S. deployment of V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft to Okinawa and the ongoing dispute between China and Japan over the Senkaku Islands. The Osprey has been a controversial topic since the aircraft was…

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