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Hagel details U.S.-Japan consolidation plan for Okinawa

Posted April 5, 2013 by Cheryl Pellerin

The United States and Japan have announced a new plan that will reduce the U.S. footprint on the island of Okinawa while ensuring an operationally effective U.S. force presence in the region, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said April 5. The plan, released today in Tokyo, is a key step forward in implementing the 2006 Realignment…

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Report calls for end to ‘Cold War autopilot’ plan

Posted April 5, 2013 by Donna Cassata

Dwindling military budgets and the diminished threat of a nuclear war in Europe dictate that the United States and Russia abandon their Cold War mentality and gradually remove some nuclear weapons from ready-to-launch status, according to a report Wednesday. The study by an international group of political, military and security experts questions the billions of…

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State-of-the-art 3D printers cut costs, turnaround time

Posted April 3, 2013 by Justin Eimers

Engineers and technicians at Tobyhanna Army Depot, Penn., use a highly innovative, cutting-edge fabrication process to significantly cut costs and reduce turnaround time.

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A-10 fires first-ever laser-guided rocket

Posted April 3, 2013 by Samuel King Jr.

Courtesy illustration The 40th Flight Test Squadron completed another first in February when an A-10 Thunderbolt II fired a guided rocket that impacted only inches away from its intended target. The 2.75 diameter, 35-pound, laser-guided rocket is known as the fixed-wing Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System II. Before the Thunderbolt test, the rocket had proved…

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Space mission undergoes restructure, moves to ACC

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Critical Air Force missions continue from their current locations after the April 2 restructure of Air Force Space Command’s Space Innovation and Development Center at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo. The SIDC restructure and realignment of subordinate organizations is part of the Air Force response to meet future challenges by balancing and realigning like missions…

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Tinker AFB squadron increases production of KC-135 engines

Posted April 3, 2013 by Brandice J. O'Brien

Air Force photograph by Kelly White Jeremy Russell installs a No. 4 bearing race in the High Press Turbine of an F-108 engine. Russell is an engine mechanic with the 546th Propulsion Maintenance Squadron. Over the past four or five years, members of the 546th Propulsion Maintenance Squadron at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., struggled…

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Program reaches milestone, improves air picture

Posted April 1, 2013 by Patty Welsh

Air Force photograph by TSgt. Jeremy Call, New York Air National Guard ROME, N.Y. – NORAD air defense operators conduct their daily air sovereignty mission at the Eastern Air Defense Sector last summer. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center Hanscom recently fielded Increment 3, Release 3.2 of the Battle Control System-Fixed that is used…

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CNO explains what budget changes mean to you

Posted April 1, 2013 by

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert released a video message to the fleet recently about the passage of yet another continuing resolution and what that means for the fleet. In the video, the Navy’s top admiral discussed the CR extension that the President signed last week putting legislation into effect that will restore Defense…

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Soldiers to get safer artillery rounds

Posted April 1, 2013 by David Vergun

Beginning March 2014, the Army will take delivery of new artillery rounds which will be safer, but which will also deliver the same performance as those currently used, said an engineer who has tested them. “Cost, performance and IM” were the deciding factors in the Army choosing IMX-101 to replace trinitrotoluene, called TNT for short,…

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U.S. seeks ‘peace and stability’ on Korean Peninsula

Posted April 1, 2013 by SFC Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

The U.S. will continue to conduct military exercises such as Foal Eagle 2013 with South Korea as part of its commitment to that nation and its desire to maintain peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and in the region, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said April 1. Speaking to reporters, Little emphasized the United…

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