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Aircraft deploy to California to aid firefighting effort

Posted August 31, 2013 by

The U.S. Forest Service, through the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho, has ordered the three MAFFS aircraft operating at the Boise Air Tanker Base moved to McClellan Air Tanker base near Sacramento, Calif., to assist the wildland firefighting effort in the western United States.

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Missile Defense System intercepts target in test

Posted September 20, 2013 by

The Missile Defense Agency, U.S. Pacific Command and sailors aboard the USS Lake Erie conducted a successful flight test today of the Aegis ballistic missile defense system, intercepting a ballistic missile target over the Pacific Ocean. A complex separating short-range ballistic missile target was launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai, Hawaii, and…

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U.S., Japan agree to expand security, defense cooperation

Posted October 4, 2013 by Karen Parrish

DOD photograph by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Secretary of State John Kerry sign official documents to revise the 1997 Guidelines for U.S.-Japan Defense Cooperation, increase security and defense collaboration in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond, and advance the realignment of American troops in Japan, in Tokyo, Oct. 3, 2013. TOKYO…

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First Zumwalt class destroyer launched

Posted October 31, 2013 by

General Dynamics Bath Iron Works successfully launched the Navy's first Zumwalt-class destroyer Oct. 28 at their Bath, Maine, shipyard.

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DARPA focuses on technology for national security

Posted November 18, 2013 by Cheryl Pellerin

Projects undertaken by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency may have some immediate applications, but what program managers there really look to do is blow open new sets of opportunities from deep research, DARPA Director Arati Prabhakar said Nov. 14. Speaking to a large audience at the Defense One Summit and to viewers online, the…

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Navy expands sonar testing despite troubling signs

Posted December 16, 2013 by Julie Watson and Alicia Chang

The U.S. Navy plans to increase sonar testing over the next five years, even as research it funded reveals worrying signs that the loud underwater noise could disturb whales and dolphins. Reported mass strandings of certain whale species have increased worldwide since the military started using sonar half a century ago. Scientists think the sounds…

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New secretary testifies to commission on total force

Posted January 13, 2014 by Staff Sgt. David Salanitri,

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Air Force will rely more on its Air National Guard and Reserve components in the future with the aim to preserve more capabilities as the service seeks to reduce its personnel , the service‚Äôs top leader said Jan.9. In her first testimony as secretary of the Air Force, Deborah Lee James…

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Red Flag returns to skies over Nevada

Posted February 3, 2014 by Airman First Class Joshua Kleinholz

The latest iteration of the Air Force's premier air-to-air combat training exercise kicked off Jan. 27 as both allied and U.S aircraft took to the skies to do simulated battle over the Nevada Test and Training Range.

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Hagel proposes big cuts in Army in 2015 budget

Posted February 24, 2014 by AP

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Feb. 24 proposed shrinking the Army to its smallest size in 74 years, closing military bases and making other military-wide savings as part of a broad reshaping after more than a decade of war. Hagel outlined his vision in a speech at the Pentagon, a week before President Barack Obama is…

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Sequestration would cripple U.S. military strategy, Hagel says

Posted March 14, 2014 by Jim Garamone

DOD photograph by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel testifies on the Defense Department’s fiscal year 2015 budget request before the House Appropriations Committee’s defense subcommittee in Washington, D.C., March 13, 2014. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Robert F. Hale, the Defense Department’s comptroller, joined Hagel…

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