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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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Unmanned demo aircraft exceeds 10,000 combat flight hours

Posted January 13, 2014 by

Navy photograph The Navyís unmanned RQ-4A Broad Area Maritime Surveillance Demonstrator (BAMS-D) surpassed 10,000 flight hours in December 2013 in support of operations in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. Now entering its sixth year of deployment, BAMS-D provides intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance support to the fleet and is†used to collect lessons learned for…

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DARPA programs create new future for space, director says

Posted January 13, 2014 by Cheryl Pellerin

Space is critical to understanding the planet and how the United States safeguards national security, but the costs and difficulties of reaching the domain have slowed U.S. effectiveness in space, the director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency said Jan. 13.

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C-130H, end of an era in Afghanistan

Posted January 13, 2014 by SMSgt. Gary J. Rihn

All good things don’t necessarily need to come to an end; sometimes they are just replaced by something even better. Such is the case with the venerable C-130H Hercules model aircraft here. The C-130 has been around since the Vietnam War, forming the backbone of the Air Force’s tactical airlift fleet. It is especially well-suited…

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Navy to christen fourth Joint High Speed Vessel

Posted January 10, 2014 by

The Navy will christen Joint High Speed Vessel Fall River Jan. 11, during a 10 a.m. CST ceremony in Mobile, Ala. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus will deliver the ceremony’s principal address.   Diane Patrick, the first lady of Massachusetts, will serve as the ship’s sponsor. Upon delivery to the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift…

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