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F-35 team hits weapons testing mark

Posted April 19, 2012 by by Victor Chen

The F-35 Integrated Test team at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., announced April 16 the completion of a weapons testing milestone. The ejection of a 500-pound bomb from F-35B test aircraft BF-3 March 29...

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DOD announces release of space export policy report

Posted April 18, 2012 by

The Defense Department announced April 18 the release of a major report on space export control policy. Congress requested this report from the secretaries of defense and state in Section 1248 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010 (Public Law 111-84). The report summarizes a DOD and State Department risk assessment of…

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Airdrops could play key role in eventual Afghanistan transition

Posted April 18, 2012 by

During 2011, mobility airmen airdropped more than 80 million pounds of cargo for troops deployed throughout austere locations in Afghanistan. In the future, the Air Force expects airdrops to continue as troops move out of Afghanistan in coming years. In March, Marine Corps Gen. John...

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NATO conference focuses on post-2014 Afghanistan

Posted April 18, 2012 by by Karen Parrish

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen April 18 emphasized support to Afghanistan beyond 2014 in remarks opening a conference of the alliance’s defense and foreign ministers in Brussels, Belgium. Rasmussen noted the NATO summit in Chicago is a month away.

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Marine helicopters deploy with laser-guided rocket

Posted April 17, 2012 by

The Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System II program manager announced the Marines recently fielded its highly precise, low-yield weapon to units in Afghanistan during a presentation at the Navy League’s Sea Air Space Expo in National Harbor, Md., April 17. Navy Capt. Brian Corey…

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MRAP has future in Army with clearance, prepositioning

Posted April 17, 2012 by by C. Todd Lopez

The mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle has a future in the Army, said service officials, though it won’t be part of an “MRAP brigade.” MRAPs will be used for training Soldiers and for conducting route clearance. The vehicles will also be prepositioned for use when needed. The Army has more than…

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Panetta, Dempsey say Pentagon feels sequestration’s shadow

Posted April 17, 2012 by by Jim Garamone

The shadow of sequestration is being cast over the Defense Department, and members of Congress must act to dissipate it, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said April 16. Panetta and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, spoke about sequestration and the defense budget during a news conference at the…

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France tests its ship defense with U.S. Navy’s Supersonic Sea Skimming Target

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As part of a foreign military sales case, the U.S. Navy worked together with French military to execute France’s first aerial-target live-fire event using a GQM-163A Coyote Supersonic Sea Skimming Target, or missile, April 4. France’s military…

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Army focusing on industrial base, international sales

Posted April 17, 2012 by by Kris Osborn

As the Army works vigorously to pursue its key modernization priorities while simultaneously seeking to lower costs and adjust to a changing budget, international sales opportunities are figuring prominently in the Army’s acquisition strategy, service officials said. International sales of U.S. systems, either…

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Nation faces security paradox

Posted April 16, 2012 by by Karen Parrish

The world today is less violent but also more dangerous than at any other time in human history, the nation’s senior military officer told a Harvard University audience April 12. That “counterintuitive combination” of peace and potential conflict is “the essence of what I like to call the security paradox,” Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey,…

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