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Panetta accelerates Stennis carrier strike group deployment

Posted July 16, 2012 by by Jim Garamone

The Navy will deploy the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis and its strike group four months early and shift its destination to the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility, DOD officials said July 16.

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Air Force will thrive despite fiscal challenges

Posted July 26, 2012 by by Jim Garamone

The Air Force has reinvigorated the service's nuclear mission, incorporated unmanned aerial capabilities and made progress in acquisition, the service's chief of staff told reporters July 24.

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JASSM-ER nears operational employment

Posted August 9, 2012 by by A1C Charles V. Rivezzo

The 337th Test and Evaluation Squadron at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, is scheduled to complete the final-phase of operational testing for the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile - Extended Range in late August, marking a significant step toward operational employment.

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Conference brings military, industry, academia together to discuss space, missile defense

Posted August 21, 2012 by

The 15th annual Space and Missile Defense Conference and Exhibition conducted Aug. 13-16 at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, Ala., saw more than 600 paid attendees, more than 6,000 receiving access badges for the conference, and more than 11,000 walking through the conference exhibit halls, according to committee organizers......

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Budget cuts loom over plans for F-35 at Nellis

Posted September 5, 2012 by

The potential for defense budget cuts and layoffs at Lockheed Martin loom over plans to deliver the first F-35 fighter jets to Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., early next year, though no decision has been announced about which programs might get cut and where. The base in southern Nevada is set to get 36 Joint…

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First week of RARO 12 wraps up

Posted September 18, 2012 by SrA. Natasha Stannard

Air Force photograph by SrA. Natasha Stannard Training rounds from A-10 Thunderbolt II hit the ground Sept. 14, 2012 during Ramstein Rover 2012 at a training range in Libava, Czech Republic. RARO 12 is a NATO exercise focused on preparing forward air controllers for contingency operations. Sixteen NATO member nations are participating in the exercise…

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Boeing receives $2 billion C-17 aircraft sustainment contract

Posted October 12, 2012 by

Boeing will continue assuring the worldwide availability of C-17 aircraft, which provide vital military and humanitarian airlift capability, through a $2 billion follow-on contract it recently received from the U.S. Department of Defense. The C-17 Globemaster III Integrated Sustainment Program provides support services such as forecasting, purchasing and material management for the C-17 and all…

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Leaner Navy looking at future technology, fleet size, sequestration

Posted October 26, 2012 by David Smalley, Office of Naval Research

Adm. Mark Ferguson, vice chief of naval operations, headlined the opening of the ONR (Office of Naval Research) Naval S&T (science and technology) Partnership Conference and ASNE Expo Oct. 22. Ferguson highlighted the importance of innovative S&T programs being developed by the Navy. He also offered a revealing look at the potential future for the…

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Defense officials preview ‘Better Buying Power 2.0′ initiative

Posted November 14, 2012 by Karen Parrish

Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter Nov. 13 unveiled a proposed new phase of the Defense Department’s “Better Buying Power” initiative that since 2010 has shaped the department’s acquisition arm to “do more without more.” Carter told reporters during a Pentagon briefing that when he, as undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics, and then-Defense Secretary…

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SecAF declares ‘modernization can’t wait’

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The Air Force’s senior civilian addressed the importance of modernization and the challenges ahead for the Air Force at the 2012 Aerospace and Defense Investor Conference in New York City Nov. 29. “Among the most difficult challenges facing the Air Force is the need to modernize our aging aircraft inventory as the defense budget declines,”…

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