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Pentagon ceremony recognizes sovereignty of Indian nations

Posted December 3, 2012 by J.D. Leipold

Army leaders and Native Americans gathered at the Pentagon, Nov. 28, to commemorate the importance of a recently signed Army policy directive that recognizes the sovereignty of American Indian tribes. Katherine Hammack, the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment, opened the event by telling the audience that the policy memorandum was…

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DOD, Lockheed Martin agree to more F-35s

Posted November 30, 2012 by Claudette Roulo

The U.S. Defense Department and Lockheed Martin have reached an agreement in principle to manufacture 32 F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter jets, Pentagon Press Secretary George E. Little said Nov. 30. The jets are part of Low-Rate Initial Production batch 5 — the fifth production lot of the aircraft. Unit-cost data will be made…

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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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‘Space junk’ growing issue for AF space operations

Posted November 30, 2012 by Scott Prater

Members of the 1st and 7th Space Operations Squadron at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo., took notice when an upper stage Russian rocket disintegrated in low earth orbit Oct. 16. The break up introduced an estimated 500 pieces of debris into an area where the U.S. operates a multitude of satellites, further congesting an already…

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U.S. Senate green lights Pentagon green energy

Posted November 30, 2012 by Donna Cassata

On Nov. 28, the Senate gave the green light to the Pentagon’s investment in green energy. By a vote of 62-37, the Senate backed an amendment that would delete a provision in the defense bill prohibiting the military from spending money on alternative fuels if the cost exceeded traditional fossil fuels such as coal, natural…

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F-22’s success more than ‘skin deep’

Posted November 28, 2012 by SrA. Airman Joan King

Many are surprised to discover that the largest organ the human body has is the skin. Skin provides a physical barrier against harmful, external factors. The F-22 Raptor, much like the human body, has a layer of skin called low observable.

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Sailors assist with onload of UCAS-D aboard USS Truman

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Northrop Grumman photograph Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman assist with the onload of the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator. The air vehicle arrived by barge Nov. 26 from Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. Truman is the first aircraft carrier to host test operations for an unmanned aircraft. The Navy…

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Post-2014 Afghanistan troop levels remain undecided

Posted November 28, 2012 by SFC Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has yet to forward a recommendation to the White House on how many U.S. troops should remain in Afghanistan after 2014, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said Nov. 26. “It’s entirely premature to speculate on troop numbers in Afghanistan between now and the end of 2014 or beyond,” he said….

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QF-16 drone arrives for testing, prepares war fighters for tomorrow’s threats

Posted November 26, 2012 by Ashley M. Wright

The 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group marked an important milestone in continuing to prepare the war fighter for tomorrow’s threats as the first QF-16 drone arrived for developmental testing at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., Nov. 19. “The work done prior to today and the test work that is forthcoming will enable the Air Force to…

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New DOD space policy addresses safety, security, access

Posted November 26, 2012 by Cheryl Pellerin

The new Defense Department space policy, updated to reflect the fast-growing use and sometimes misuse of the space domain, addresses issues of safety, sustainability and security in space for the 21st century and beyond. The policy, signed Oct. 18, 2012, by Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter, follows the release in 2010 of President Barack…

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