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Commander seeks better military-to-military relations with China

Posted May 17, 2012 by by Jim Garamone

Chinese and American officials recognize the importance of good, uninterrupted military-to-military relations, and the commander of U.S. Pacific Command will do what he can to further that goal. Navy Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III spoke about his new command and the importance he places in building the U.S. military relationship with China during a recent…

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Test pilots provide unique training to Aggressors

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Test pilots from Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., held a training course at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, April 23 through 27, teaching 18th Aggressor Squadron aviators to harness the power of the F-16...

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B-1 aircrews make history by employing laser JDAMS

Posted May 17, 2012 by by A1C Hrair H. Palyan

B-1 Lancer aircrews from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., employed laser Joint Direct Attack Munitions against moving targets during a weapon system evaluation program exercise May 14 through 16.

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Pentagon restricts F-22 flights, safety a concern

Posted May 16, 2012 by by Robert Burns

Facing a mysterious safety problem with the Air Force’s most-prized stealth fighter, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta May 15 ordered new flight restrictions on the F-22 and summoned help from Navy and NASA experts. Panetta endorsed Air Force efforts to figure out why some F-22 pilots have experienced dizziness and other symptoms of an oxygen shortage…

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Army ‘moving toward’ opening combat arms to women

Posted May 16, 2012 by by Karen Parrish

Army leaders are asking whether – and how – to open infantry and armor ranks to women, the service’s senior soldier said May 16. Officers in charge of training and force development are now gathering data to help answer those questions, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno told reporters during a Pentagon briefing….

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Army Acquisition Executive observes equipment, realistic training

Posted May 16, 2012 by by Kris Osborn

Tension filled the air as civilians scattered and shots rang out in the streets – Armored Security Vehicles drove down the road and dismounted infantry began storming into village buildings while...

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X-47B gears up for summer milestones

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Navy photograph by Greg Davis The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstrator performs taxi test in spring 2012 to validate the overall reliability of the system in preparation for its initial flight at Patuxent River, Md., this summer. In recent months, personnel at Naval Air Station Patuxent River…

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Pentagon chief slams House panel for budget extras

Posted May 16, 2012 by by Donna Cassata

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta slammed a House panel recently for adding billions of dollars to President Barack Obama’s defense budget, including money for a new East Coast missile defense site that the military says is unnecessary. Just hours after the House Armed Services Committee approved its $642 billion spending blueprint, Panetta and Army Gen. Martin…

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Air Force announces criteria for basing KC-46A

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After extensive internal review, the Air Force released May 14 its basing criteria that will be used to select candidate bases for the KC-46A formal training unit and first two main operating bases. The formal training unit and first main operating base will be led by active duty units. The second main operating base…

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NATO summit to focus on Afghanistan, missile defense

Posted May 15, 2012 by by Donna Miles

Afghanistan will top the agenda items at the upcoming NATO Summit in Chicago as coalition members consider an agreement on a long-term strategic partnership that promotes security and stability there, NATO’s supreme allied commander for Europe reported. “What I am hoping to see is a commitment to resourcing the Afghan national security forces post-2014,” Navy…

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