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AFMC commander among Air Force leaders offering perspectives at AFA four-star forum

Posted September 21, 2012 by by Amaani Lyle

Twelve Air Force senior leaders leveraged their candor and experience to share insight and answer questions regarding the service as it enters a new era of leadership. The panelists assembled on the final day of the 2012 Air Force Association’s Air and Space Conference and Technology Exposition Sept. 19, 2012. Led by Air Force Chief…

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DOD, nation face strategic choices, deputy secretary says

Posted September 21, 2012 by by Cheryl Pellerin

Grappling with the converging forces of strategic history and fiscal necessity, the Defense Department is making choices now that will determine how the nation transitions to the coming era, Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter said Sept. 19. Speaking at the Air Force Association’s Annual Air and Space Conference and Technology Exposition in Maryland, Carter…

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Carter: Sequestration would have effect of ‘hidden tax’

Posted September 21, 2012 by by Cheryl Pellerin

Because it would lead to inefficiencies, the sequestration mechanism built into the Budget Control Act would amount to a hidden tax, Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter said Sept. 20. “If sequestration happens, it is not only disruptive in many ways I’d love to describe, but it’s a hidden tax all by itself,” Carter said…

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Panetta, Xi welcome closer U.S.-China military relations

Posted September 19, 2012 by Karen Parrish

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping both said at the outset of a meeting here this morning that the secretary’s visit to China will advance cooperation between the two nations’ militaries. Xi is widely considered as the top prospect to be China’s next president when the government transitions in 2013….

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Osprey cleared to fly in Japan, improving alliance capabilities

Posted September 19, 2012 by by Karen Parrish

The V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft is now approved to fly in Japan, Press Secretary George Little said in a statement in Beijing, China, Sept. 19. Little, traveling with Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta in Asia this week, said Sept. 19 the secretary is pleased that an agreement has been reached between the United States and…

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U.S., China team up for counter piracy exercise

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Navy photograph by PO2 Aaron Chase U.S. Navy PO3 Evan T. Gainer checks his surroundings aboard the USS Winston S. Churchill during a bilateral counterpiracy exercise with the Chinese People’s Liberation Army frigate Yi Yang in the Gulf of Aden, Sept. 17, 2012. Guided-missile destroyer USS Winston S. Churchill and other U.S. Navy assets participated…

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Air Force officials describe ICBM way-ahead

Posted September 19, 2012 by by 1st Lt. Ashleigh Peck

As intercontinental ballistic missiles gain prominence in the Air Force’s nuclear enterprise, service officials related the importance of maintaining the system during the 2012 Air Force Association Air and Space Conference and Technology Exposition in Washington, D.C., Sept. 18. Panelists included Maj. Gen. William Chambers, assistant chief of staff for strategic deterrence and nuclear integration;…

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Donley talks sequestration, explains AF budget plans

Posted September 18, 2012 by TSgt. Julie Weckerlein

Air Force photograph by Scott M. Ash Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley discusses the service’s budget strategy during his address at the Air Force Association’s Air and Space Conference and Technology Exposition in Washington, D.C., Sept. 17, 2012. During his keynote remarks at the conferenc, Donley discussed the threat of sequestration and its…

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Dempsey, Turks discuss regional issues

Posted September 18, 2012 by Jim Garamone

The paving stones on the Road of Lions leading to Mustafa Kemal Ataturk’s mausoleum are purposely placed about three inches apart so those who approach it have to think about where they are. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey walked the Road of Lions to place a memorial wreath at the tomb of the man who…

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Welsh: ‘The only way to move forward is together’

Posted September 18, 2012 by SFC Jim Greenhill

The active-duty Air Force, its Reserve and the Air National Guard must work together to move forward, the chief of staff of the Air Force said in Reno, Nev., last week. “I have trouble seeing lines between components of services, because I believe on the air side we have an Air Force – it has…

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