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Dempsey disappointed by setbacks in Iraq

Posted January 17, 2014 by Jim Garamone

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is disappointed the Iraqis have not done more with the chance they have been given by the men and women of the U.S military. The young men and women who went to Iraq won their fight they did exactly what we asked them to do., Army Gen….

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34 ICBM launch officers implicated in cheating probe

Posted January 17, 2014 by Jim Garamone

Thirty-four intercontinental ballistic missile launch officers at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont., have been implicated in cheating on the ICBM launch officer proficiency test, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said Jan. 15. The revelations emerged during an investigation into alleged illegal drug possession, James said. The officers range in rank from second lieutenants to…

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U.S. Preparing Small Arms, Ammunition Support for Iraq

Posted January 17, 2014 by Claudette Roulo

The Defense Department is preparing small arms and ammunition for shipment to Iraq in response to a request from that countryís prime minister, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren said Jan. 17. Nouri al-Maliki asked for the help as extremists have launched devastating attacks throughout the country. In accordance with the security framework established when…

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AF acquisition chief nominee testifies

Posted January 17, 2014 by Ed Gulick

Dr. Bill LaPlante testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee Jan. 16 during his nomination hearing to be the next assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition.

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Army aviation has ‘unique capabilities’ for civil support, consequence management

Posted January 17, 2014 by Lisa Ferdinando

Army photograph by SFC Jesse Flagg The California National Guard drops water from an HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter on the Rim fire in the Stanislaus National Forest near Yosemite National Park, Calif., Aug. 21, 2013. From responding to wildfires and floods in the western United States to an earthquake on the other side of the…

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Dempsey makes case for slowing manpower costs

Posted January 17, 2014 by Jim Garamone

The Defense Department must slow the growth of its manpower costs to avoid a crisis in the future, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey said earlier this week. The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told NPR’s Tom Bowman that if military manpower and personnel costs continue growing at current levels there won’t be money…

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New SecAF to Airmen: With change comes opportunity

Posted January 15, 2014 by SSgt. David Salanitri

Air Force photograph by Jim Varhegyi The Air Forces most senior leader gave insight into her life and shared career advice with Airmen across the Air Force during her first town hall Jan. 9. Speaking from the Pentagon auditorium, Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James spoke about her 32 years of defense experience,…

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Budget uncertainty challenges readiness, official says

Posted January 15, 2014 by SFC Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

The Defense Department continues to face persisting challenges due to budget uncertainties under sequestration, the Pentagons acquisitions chief said Jan. 15. Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, spoke to an audience at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics SciTech conference about force structure and readiness challenges the Pentagon faces under…

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New secretary testifies to commission on total force

Posted January 15, 2014 by SSgt. David Salanitri

Air Force photograph by Jim Varhegyi Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James answers a question during a hearing of the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force Jan. 9, 2014, in Arlington, Va. The commission is tasked to submit a report by Feb.1, 2014, to the president of the United States…

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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’s top leader said Jan.9. In her first testimony as secretary of the Air Force, Deborah Lee James…

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