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Welsh nominated as next CSAF

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Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta announced May 10 that the president has nominated Gen. Mark A. Welsh III to be the next chief of staff of the Air Force, succeeding Gen. Norton Schwartz, who has served in...

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Vice chiefs testify on readiness, contingency funding

Posted May 10, 2012 by by SFC Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

The services’ vice chiefs testified on readiness during a Capitol Hill hearing May 10, with most stressing the continuing need for overseas contingency operations funding. “These continue to be challenging times for our nation’s military, and we’ve been at war now for over a decade,” Army Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, Army vice chief of…

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Air Force provides aircraft pilot safety testimony to Congress

Posted May 9, 2012 by by MSgt. Raheem Moore

The military deputy in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition discussed tactical aviation programs during congressional testimony May 8. During a Senate Armed Services...

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$54.7 million awarded to universities for research equipment

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The Defense Department announced plans May 8 to award $54.7 million to academic institutions to support the purchase of state-of-the-art research equipment. The 190 awards to 100 academic institutions are being made under the Defense University Research Instrumentation Program that augments current university capabilities or develops new university capabilities to perform cutting-edge defense research. “The…

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Officials emphasize commitment to Joint Strike Fighter

Posted May 9, 2012 by by Amaani Lyle

Senior leaders from the Air Force and Navy affirmed May 8 that the F-35 joint strike fighter remains the centerpiece of the tactical aircraft program and will play a large part in the services’ ongoing modernization plans. Navy Vice Adm. David J. Venlet, F-35 Lightning II program executive officer, told the Senate Armed Services Committee’s…

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CSAF emphasizes partnership at National Security Forum

Posted May 9, 2012 by by Christopher Kratzer

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz emphasized partnership between the public and private sectors during his keynote address at the National Security Forum at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., May 7. The forum, which continues through May 11, is hosted by Air War College.

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Military could learn from civilian courts

Posted May 9, 2012 by by Allen G. Breed

Army SSgt. Ryan Miller knew that deserting his post was a serious crime. But, by then, he had a lot more on his mind and heart than his job. Back in 2003-2004, while Miller was deployed as a cavalry scout in Afghanistan, his father died, his mother was diagnosed with cancer, and he was facing…

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Summit will deal with range of issues, NATO general says

Posted May 9, 2012 by by Jim Garamone

Afghanistan will dominate the NATO summit in Chicago later this month, but alliance leaders will deal with other issues as well, a senior NATO commander said May 8. Gen. Stephane Abrial of the French air force told the Defense Writers Group the nations’ leaders also will deal with partnership capability, “smart defense” and other matters….

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Army Materiel Command brings ‘last MRAP’ to port

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The last U.S. Army mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle to depart from Iraq arrived at the Port of Beaumont, Texas, May 6, on its way to the 1st Cavalry Brigade Division Museum at Fort Hood, Texas, for...

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Improved batteries, SWIPES to lighten Soldiers’ load

Posted May 8, 2012 by by Dan Lafontaine

A soldier treks through treacherous terrain in a dangerous combat zone with a rucksack filled with meals ready-to-eat, first-aid gear, weapons, ammunition, radios and batteries. The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command is lightening the Soldier’s load by developing...

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