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MAFFS request modified for four C-130s

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The U.S. Forest Service has modified its request for assistance for the Modular Airborne Fire Fighting Systems-equipped C-130 Hercules. The new request, received late July 17, releases two of the six C-130s using MAFFS to assist with fires. The C-130s have been stationed at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, and at Boise Air Terminal, Idaho,…

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USS Nimitz first to test use of aviation biofuels

Posted July 18, 2012 by By PO3 Devin Wray

The nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz was the first ship to receive and test the use of a new blend of hydro processed renewable jet (HRJ-5) and aviation (JP-5) fuel on aircraft July 17, as part of the...

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Researchers, officials collaborate for global demining efforts

Posted July 17, 2012 by by Amanda Rominiecki

Army researchers hosted national and foreign partners at the 2013-2014 Humanitarian Demining Requirements Workshop to plan humanitarian...

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New acquisition chief describes goals, challenges

Posted July 17, 2012 by by Jim Garamone

Frank Kendall describes his new job as all about supporting the new defense strategy and the budget that puts that strategy in place. “My job on the acquisition, technology and logistics side of the house is to execute in support of that strategy,” the new undersecretary of defense for the same portfolio told reporters at…

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Stryker units in Afghanistan now equipped with precision mortars

Posted July 17, 2012 by by Audra Calloway and Breanna Merenda

he first-ever Accelerated Precision Mortar Initiative round fired from a Stryker vehicle in Afghanistan accomplished what few conventional 120mm high-explosive mortars can achieve: a direct hit on a target...

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DOD officials explain sequestration dangers

Posted July 17, 2012 by by Jim Garamone

Pentagon officials continue to work to avoid the looming threat of sequestration, Frank Kendall, the new undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, said July 16. Kendall spoke to Pentagon reporters in his office about sequestration, and the effect it would have on the department and the defense industrial base. Sequestration comes out of…

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Democratic leader to GOP: Compromise to avert defense cut

Posted July 16, 2012 by by Donna Cassata

The Senate’s Democratic leader insisted July 12 that if House Republicans desperately want to avert automatic cuts to the military, they have to compromise and make tax increases part of any solution. In a biting letter to the GOP members of the House Armed Services Committee, Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said he would like…

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CSAF’s ‘fini flight’ a ride of remembrance

Posted July 16, 2012 by by TSgt. Samuel King Jr.

When Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz climbed aboard the MC-130E Combat Talon I at Hurlburt Field, Fla., July 12, for his last flight as an active duty officer, he immediately began to reminisce on his flying career with special operations and the C-130 Hercules community.

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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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Nuclear deterrence vital in complex world, general says

Posted July 13, 2012 by by Amaani Lyle

Deterrence planning and forces must fit today’s unique global security environment, the commander of U.S. Strategic Command said July 13. Air Force Gen. C. Robert “Bob” Kehler said a “safe, secure and effective” nuclear deterrent is vital in a “complex and uncertain world” that includes nuclear weapons and nuclear-armed states, and where several of those…

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