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SecDef details ‘Plan B’ should sequestration continue

Posted July 12, 2013 by Jim Garamone

If sequestration continues into fiscal year 2014, the Defense Department will be forced to consider involuntary reductions-in-force for the civilian workforce, draconian cuts to military personnel accounts and a virtual halt to military modernization, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in a letter to Senate leaders July 11. The senators had requested detailed information on how…

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Air Force Reserve MAFFS C-130s, crews back in Colorado

Posted July 12, 2013 by MSgt. Daniel Butterfield

Air Force photograph by MSgt. Daniel Butterfield Members of the Air Force Reserve Commandís 302nd Airlift Wing load a U.S. Forest Service Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System into a C-130 aircraft the morning of June 12. This marked the start of the 2013 MAFFS season for the 302nd AW. The aircraft dropped retardant on the…

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U.S.-China military ties growing, Pacom commander says

Posted July 12, 2013 by Karen Parrish

The military-to-military relationship between the United States and China is deepening in a quite commendableî way that may help improve overall engagement between the two countries, Navy Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III, commander of U.S. Pacific Command, told Pentagon reporters July 11. During a news briefing, Locklear said he has spent the week here taking…

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Military burn pits may endanger health

Posted July 12, 2013 by Kevin Freking

A military camp in Afghanistan continues to use open-air burn pits to dispose of its solid wastes, potentially endangering the health of the nearly 13,500 people working there and violating the Pentagon’s own regulations and guidance, federal investigators say. The Defense Department has said burn pits should only be used as a temporary last resort…

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Air Force chief scientist addresses future

Posted July 12, 2013 by SSgt. David Salanitri

The Air Force chief scientist addressed members of the Air Force Association about the Global Horizons study, which looks into the near and long-term application of science and technology in the force. Dr. Mica Endsley, who was recently appointed as the 34th Air Force chief scientist, focused her talk around the future of air, space,…

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Exercise Sea Breeze 2013 beings in Ukraine

Posted July 10, 2013 by PO2 Jason Howard

Exercise Sea Breeze, the largest multinational maritime exercise in the Black Sea, began July 8, as representatives from the 16 participating and observing nations gathered together for the exercise's opening ceremony.

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Navy to attempt first unmanned carrier landing

Posted July 10, 2013 by Brock Vergakis

The Navy will attempt to land a drone the size of a fighter jet aboard an aircraft carrier for the first time July 10, showcasing the military’s capability to have a computer program perform one of the most difficult tasks a pilot is asked to do. If all goes as planned, a successful landing of…

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Pentagon releases first annual acquisition report

Posted July 10, 2013 by Karen Parrish

A recently completed defense acquisition program report, which is now before Congress, is part of a data-driven effort to find out what’s working best in equipping the nation’s military and to fix what isn’t, the Pentagon’s undersecretary of acquisition, technology and logistics said in an interview with American Forces Press Service. Frank Kendall said the…

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Air Force firefighting aircraft repositioned

Posted July 10, 2013 by Lt. Col. Robert Carver

Air Force photograph by SSgt. J. Breeden A 302nd Airlift Wing C-130, outfitted with a Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System, taxis along the Peterson Air Force Base runway preparing to assist with firefighting efforts throughout the Colorado Springs region June 12, 2013. MAFFS is designed to assist ground firefighting crews by dispersing fire retardant agents,…

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Dempsey calls on DOD leaders to mitigate sequester effects

Posted July 10, 2013 by Jim Garamone

Sequestration is causing problems in the Defense Department, but military and civilian employees are working together to get through this period, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said July 9. In a videotaped message to the department posted on his Facebook page, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey said that solid leadership at all…

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