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Navy names Littoral Combat Ship Indianapolis

Posted August 16, 2013 by

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced Aug. 16 that the next Freedom-variant littoral combat ship (LCS) will be named USS Indianapolis. USS Indianapolis, designated LCS 17, will be the third ship to bear the name. The previous Indianapolis is best known for its role in World War II, where it operated from Pearl Harbor…

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Official predicts bleak budget picture for fiscal 2014

Posted September 6, 2013 by

Budget pressures mean defense acquisition workers’ lives “are going to stay difficult for a while,” their chief told the workforce at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., this week, but he reminded them that they have a critical mission for the country. Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, visited here Sept….

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Futures war game prepares Army for 2030

Posted September 23, 2013 by C. Todd Lopez

The Army doesn't know for sure what the global environment will look like around 2030, but it's likely going to have to conduct operations then when called upon to do so.

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Key DOD nominees testify at confirmation hearing

Posted October 11, 2013 by Karen Parrish

Nominees for senior positions overseeing the Defense Departments special operations, cost assessment and program evaluation, and the Navy testified Oct. 10 as the Senate Armed Services Committee deliberated their confirmations. The nominees are Michael D. Lumpkin, for assistant secretary of Defense for special operations and low intensity conflict; Jamie M. Morin, for director of cost…

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AFSC, Boeing reach enterprise partnership agreement

Posted November 4, 2013 by Micah Garbarino

The Air Force Sustainment Center and Boeing have reached an enterprise-level, public-private partnership agreement which allows the two organizations to more efficiently take on sustainment workload for the warfighter. The agreement, signed Oct. 9 by AFSC Commander Lt. Gen. Bruce Litchfield is the first center-wide partnership agreement implemented since the stand up of the Air…

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DOD wraps climate change response into master plans

Posted November 27, 2013 by Cheryl Pellerin

The effects of climate change are already evident at Defense Department installations in the United States and overseas, and DOD expects climate change to challenge its ability to fulfill its mission in the future, according to the first DOD Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap. John Conger, the acting deputy undersecretary of defense for installations and environment…

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Newest Army recovery vehicle wields claws, can handle most anything

Posted December 24, 2013 by T. Anthony Bell

The Ordnance School is continuing to fulfill the training requirements of soldiers deployed in combat environments. Providing training on the Army’s newest recovery vehicle – the Modular Catastrophic Recovery System – is its latest effort to prepare soldiers for tasks and missions they are likely to encounter in the field. The Modular Catastrophic Recovery System,…

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Dempsey disappointed by setbacks in Iraq

Posted January 17, 2014 by Jim Garamone

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is disappointed the Iraqis have not done more with the chance they have been given by the men and women of the U.S military. The young men and women who went to Iraq won their fight they did exactly what we asked them to do., Army Gen….

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Benefield Anechoic Facility acquires new upgrade, patriotic look

Posted February 3, 2014 by Jet Fabara

It's no surprise to test personnel at Edwards that upon entering the Benefield Anechoic Facility, the dark-blue, cone-filled interior is a one-of-a-kind facility to the Air Force with a unique look.

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Keel authenticated for 11th littoral combat ship, the future Sioux City

Posted February 21, 2014 by

Lockheed Martin photograph Mary Winnefeld, center left, wife of Adm. James Winnefeld Jr., the vice chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff, watches as her initials are welded into the keel of the future littoral combat ship USS Sioux City. The Navy and Lockheed Martin, with Marinette Marine Corp., held a keel laying ceremony Feb. 19…

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