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Study assesses physical demands for combat arms

Posted March 14, 2014 by Lisa Ferdinando

In full gear, Sgt. Shawanna Washington moved ammunition, loaded mortar rounds into a gun tube, moved agilely as if under enemy fire, and completed other physically demanding tasks of a Soldier on the battlefield.

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Air Force officials announce fiscal 2015 force structure changes

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Air Force officials released force structure changes March 10 resulting from the fiscal year 2015 President’s Budget announced March 4. To ensure the service successfully transitions to a leaner force that remains ready, the Air Force plans to remove almost 500 aircraft across the inventories of all three components over the next five years. “The…

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DOD removes 20 areas from imminent danger pay list

Posted March 10, 2014 by Guv Callahan

The Department of Defense has removed 20 areas from its list of locations that qualify for imminent danger pay starting June 1, in a move that is expected to affect approximately 50,000 service members. DOD officials announced in January that service members in the 20 areas would no longer receive the additional imminent danger rate…

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Official encourages dialogue between Pentagon, industry

Posted March 7, 2014 by Amaani Lyle

To ensure on-time, on-cost delivery of quality products and services to the warfighter, a Pentagon official encouraged clear and ongoing dialog between Defense Department decision-makers and industry leaders in a conference March 4. James Russell, acting director of the Defense Contract Management Agency, told participants in Aviation Week’s Defense Technologies and Requirements conference that finessing…

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Navy’s X-47B team receives prestigious aviation award

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The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstration team was honored by Aviation Week and Space Technology magazine as a winner of the publication’s prestigious Laureate Awards during a ceremony held March 6 in Washington, D.C.

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Quadrennial Review’s focus is protecting homeland

Posted March 7, 2014 by Nick Simeone

Two countries that have long concerned the United States in terms of national security – North Korea and Iran – are mentioned first in the 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review, a document that a senior Defense Department official told reporters this week has a renewed emphasis on protecting the homeland. The congressionally mandated review of national…

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Program executive officer describes F-35 progress

Posted March 7, 2014 by Amaani Lyle

Progress remains steady in the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter’s operational testing, reprogramming, fueling, and stand-up training, the F-35 program executive officer told an audience at Aviation Week’s Defense Technologies and Requirements Conference March 4. Air Force Lt. Gen. Christopher C. Bogdan said software development is a key factor as the program progresses. Software…

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New network technologies to support expeditionary signal battalions

Posted March 7, 2014 by Amy Walker

In preparation for the Army's Network Integration Evaluation, or NIE, 14.2 this spring, the 86th Expeditionary Signal Battalion, or ESB, is training with new tactical communications equipment that is smaller in size for easy transport, yet significantly increases capability.

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Fiscal year 2015 Army budget

Posted March 7, 2014 by David Vergun

Under the Army's fiscal year 2015 budget request, soldiers will receive a 1 percent pay increase as well as a basic allowance for housing increase of 1.5 percent and a 3.4 percent increase in basic allowance for subsistence.

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Coastal Riverine Force admits women to combat billets

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The Department of the Navy announced March 7 that women can now be assigned to previously closed positions in the Coastal Riverine Force, continuing in the Department of Defense's rescission of the 1994 Direct Ground Combat Definition and Assignment Rule.

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