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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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Air Force innovation

Posted May 8, 2012 by by Major Angela O'Connell

COTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill., (AFNS) — Lt. Gen. Robert R. Allardice, Air Mobility Command’s vice commander, was among a panel of educators and civic leaders in St. Louis on April 27 to discuss the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or better known as STEM, education to an audience of teachers, parents...

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Air Combat Command confident in F-22

Posted May 7, 2012 by by TSgt. Amy Robinson

Gen. Mike Hostage, commander of Air Combat Command, talked with media here April 30 about the national security imperative for the F-22, the status of efforts to identify a root cause for unexplained physiological incidents, and risk mitigation efforts since the Raptor’s return to flying...

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Tactical communications network backbone heads into operational test

Posted May 7, 2012 by by Kyle Bond

Warfighter Information Network-Tactical, known as WIN-T, Increment 2 is nearing the finish line as it heads into its largest operational test this month. WIN-T Increment 2 is a major upgrade to the Army’s tactical communications backbone and provides an on-the-move network that reaches down to the company level for the first time. “This mobile network…

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