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Safety paramount as F-22 investigation continues

Posted November 21, 2012 by

The pilot of a F-22 Raptor, assigned to the 43rd Fighter Squadron, Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., safely ejected as the jet crashed Nov. 15 around 3:30 p.m., EDT, on Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., one-quarter mile east of the drone runway.

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Pentagon begins planning for massive budget cuts

Posted December 7, 2012 by Lolita C. Baldor and Donna Cassata

The Defense Department has begun planning for the roughly $500 billion in personnel and program cuts over a decade that will be needed if Congress and the White House fail to reach a deal that would avoid the double hit of tax hikes and automatic spending reductions dubbed the “fiscal cliff.” Department spokesman George Little…

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FRCSE tests jet engines, reduces noise pollution

Posted December 19, 2012 by

Local residents are spared much of the ear-throbbing noise produced when Fleet Readiness Center Southeast, Jacksonville, Fla., conducts out-of-airframe testing to certify the reliability and performance of gas turbine engines repaired at the facility. Annexed at the far end of Naval Air Station Jacksonville along the St Johns River, the Robert Kemen Engine Test Facility…

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NMCB 133 conducts first mission in Tajikistan

Posted January 16, 2013 by Lt. Kyle Schlais

U.S. Navy Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 133 deployed to Dushanbe, Tajikistan, in November as part of a Global Peace Operations Initiative, the first Seabee mission in Tajikistan. In support of the Office of Military Cooperation and Tajikistan Ministry of Defense, the Seabee crew began construction alongside the MOD’s construction force, the Stroibat,…

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Lockheed Martin receives $197 million U.S. Army contract for Guided MLRS rocket production

Posted January 30, 2013 by

Lockheed Martin received a $197 million contract option from the U.S. Army for Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) Unitary rocket production. This contract option was attached to the GMLRS Production Lot 7 contract, which now has a total funded value of $550.8 million. The GMLRS Production Lot 7 contract was originally awarded to Lockheed…

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Navy’s first joint high-speed vessel visits St. Petersburg

Posted February 11, 2013 by Jessica F. Alexander

Military Sealift Command's first joint high-speed vessel, USNS Spearhead (JHSV 1), made its first port visit to the Port of St. Petersburg, Fla., Feb. 10.

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Fleet launches aircraft energy-saving initiatives

Posted February 27, 2013 by

Navy photograph Fleet F/A-18s perform the SMART Tanking refueling practice that saves energy by configuring a Super Hornet tanker with only the centerline refueling tank. The tanker launches to refuel the aircraft returning from their mission then lands within about 20 minutes. Referred to as ìYo-yo Tankingî in the fleet, this method delivers up to…

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Future includes deployments, flexibility, Greenert says

Posted March 13, 2013 by Claudette Roulo

About a year ago, defense leaders sat down and said, ìWeíre at an inflection point,î the chief of naval operations said March 11. In a speech at the McAleese/Credit Suisse Defense Programs Conference at the Newseum, Navy Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert said defense leaders were faced with a complicated problem: draw up a new defense…

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DOD requires more base closings, official says

Posted March 25, 2013 by

The Defense Department possesses more real estate than it needs and is looking to close additional bases and installations in the United States and abroad, a senior DOD official told a House panel March 14. Air Force leaders agree, according to Kathleen I. Ferguson, acting assistant secretary of the Air Force for installations, environment and…

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Sequestration not yet a national security threat

Posted April 8, 2013 by Claudette Roulo

Sequestration will have no effect on the drawdown in Afghanistan, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said April 6. [Sequestration] is an avalanche, not a light switch,î Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey said in a round-table discussion with members of the press traveling with him on his trip to Afghanistan. The avalanche started…

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