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Hagel orders review of U.S. defense strategy to test its underpinnings in light of budget cuts

Posted March 18, 2013 by

In response to the budget cuts that took effect March 1, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered a re-evaluation of the underpinnings of the defense strategy that President Barack Obama announced 14 months ago. Hagel spokesman George Little said March 17 that Hagel wants to see the results by May 31. The Obama strategy, unveiled…

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F-35 production on track, program chief says

Posted March 15, 2013 by Claudette Roulo

The F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter program is a different program than it was four years ago, the F-35 program executive officer said March 12. In a speech at the McAleese/Credit Suisse Defense Programs Conference at the Newseum, Lt. Gen. Christopher C. Bogdan told attendees that he and his predecessor, Navy Vice Adm. Dave…

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Navy completes EMALS shared generator testing

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Navy photograph The Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) motor generator stores energy in the inertia of its rotor and releases that energy upon initiation of the aircraft launch onboard carriers. EMALS completed shared generator testing at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., March 14. EMALS is replacing the current steam catapult system on aircraft carriers, beginning with…

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Cuts harm programs sustaining all-volunteer force, official says

Posted March 15, 2013 by SFC Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

Spending cuts that took effect March 1 will diminish recruiting, training, and medical and support programs that sustain the all-volunteer force, a senior Pentagon official told Congress March 13. Jessica L. Wright, acting undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, noted to the House Armed Services Committee that President Barack Obama exempted military personnel accounts…

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Study finds soldiers’ PTSD diagnoses accurate

Posted March 15, 2013 by David Vergun

A report released March 8 by the Army’s surgeon general found a high degree of validity in the service’s diagnoses and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder. Lt. Gen. Patricia D. Horoho discussed findings of the Army Task Force on Behavioral Health during a media roundtable March 8 at the Pentagon. She said their report found…

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JHSV 2 successfully completes builder’s trials

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Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV) 2, the future USNS Choctaw County, conducted builder’s sea trials March 7-8, in Mobile, Ala. The ship, now under construction at Austal USA, is the second ship of the JHSV class. Builder’s trials are a significant step in the construction and delivery of a ship to the fleet and are…

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F-35B arrives at Edwards for missions systems testing

Posted March 15, 2013 by Laura Mowry

Lockheed Martin photograph by Tom Reynolds BF-17 arrival at Edwards Air Force Base March 5. The F-35B is the short takeoff and vertical landing (STOVL) variant of the F-35 Lightning II and is operated by the Marine Corps. It’s the first mission systems B-variant to arrive at Edwards. The F-35 Integrated Test Force expanded their…

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Groups urge changes in courts-martial procedures

Posted March 15, 2013 by Richard Lardner and Donna Cassata

An Air Force general’s decision to reverse a guilty verdict in a sexual assault case is fueling support for legislation that would prevent commanding officers from overturning rulings made by judges and juries at courts-martial proceedings. Anu Bhagwati of the Service Women’s Action Network told a Senate subcommittee March 13 that commanders are unable to…

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Fly-By-Wire F-15SA makes first flight

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The U.S. Air Force and its prime contractor Boeing have completed a successful first flight of the new F-15SA advanced fighter aircraft for the Royal Saudi Air Force.

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Edwards begins F-35 operational testing

Posted March 15, 2013 by Laura Mowry

Air Force photograph by Laura Mowry Edwards entered a new phase of testing on the F-35 Lightning II program March 6 with the arrival of the first two operational test aircraft. The aircraft were flown by Lt. Col. Steven J. Tittel, 31st Test and Evaluation Squadron commander and Maj. Matthew L. Bell, 31st TES Operations…

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