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Foreign military sales make partnerships strong, keep production lines hot

Posted April 26, 2012 by by C. Todd Lopez

On the Arabian Peninsula, the Saudi government has purchased $17 billion in military hardware from the United States. But they don’t buy it directly from manufacturers like Boeing or Sikorsky, they buy it...

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Army leaders discuss S&T strategy, priorities to deliver solutions

Posted April 24, 2012 by by Dan Lafontaine

U.S. Army science and technology leaders need to deepen their relationships with the doctrine and war fighter communities so that together they can better define the Army’s science and technology priorities, senior leaders said April 18 during a…

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Dempsey, NATO defense chiefs gather for conference

Posted April 24, 2012 by by John D. Banusiewicz

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff will meet with his NATO counterparts and the defense chiefs of partner nations in a two-day conference that begins April 25 at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. The chairman arrived here from Afghanistan today for the third stop in an overseas trip that began with a visit…

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New defense service enhances intelligence capabilities

Posted April 24, 2012 by by SFC Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

The Defense Department has begun a new effort to better integrate defense intelligence with the broader intelligence community and make the department a better, more versatile organization, a senior Pentagon spokesman told reporters April 24. “What we’ve done here is we’ve formed a new effort here called the Defense Clandestine Service,” said Navy Capt. John…

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America will be ready if needed in Syria

Posted April 23, 2012 by by Donna Cassata

U.S. military leaders clearly expressed reluctance about using American might to stop the unending violence in Syria, insisting that diplomacy remains the best option to force President Bashar Assad to end the brutal crackdown on his own people. Testifying before Congress, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint…

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F-35 team hits weapons testing mark

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After ejecting a 500-pound bomb from F-35B test aircraft BF-3, the test team took a collective breath, and watched as it hurtled toward the concrete deck. Coming to rest in the foam covering the pit floor, the March 29 “pit drop” marked the end of two weeks of testing nine different weapons combinations…

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Air Force cuts back on air show demonstrations

Posted April 23, 2012 by by Brock Vergakis

The Air Force says it is scaling back its participation in dozens of air shows this year in an effort to cut costs and ensure its combat pilots are getting the training hours they need in a time of shrinking budgets. The cutbacks won’t affect the service’s premier demonstration team, the Thunderbirds, but will mean…

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Four U.S. service members killed in Afghanistan helicopter crash

Posted April 22, 2012 by by Karen Parrish

Defense Department officials said April 20 the four International Security Assistance Force members killed in a helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan April 19 were Americans. “Regrettably, we can confirm that four U.S. service members lost their lives in this crash,” George Little, acting assistant secretary of defense for public affairs, told Pentagon reporters April 20….

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AEDC sets new testing record on F-22 Raptor engine

Posted April 22, 2012 by by Philip Lornenz III

The Arnold Engineering Development Center at Arnold Air Force Base, Tenn., recently completed a Continuous Improvement Program Life Extension Accelerated Mission Test on an F119 engine for the F-22 Raptor in the Sea Level 2 facility. “The purpose of this particular test, a life extension Accelerated…

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Army, Air Force conduct joint airdrop training

Posted April 22, 2012 by by SSgt. Kenneth A. Foss

Airdrops provide the means to distribute vital equipment and supplies to soldiers in isolated locations with rough terrain, inadequate delivery routes and enemy activities. The use of airdrops, as opposed to resupplying by way of ground transportation, can reduce the risk of roadside bombs and…

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