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Air Force implements voluntary force management programs

Posted February 5, 2013 by Debbie Gildea

The Air Force will implement several voluntary officer and enlisted Force Management programs for fiscal year 2013, Air Force Personnel Center officials announced today. Announced in the January release of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013, the authorized active duty Air Force end-strength is 329,460; a reduction of 3,340 authorized personnel from…

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Pentagon workers applaud Panetta for accomplishments

Posted February 15, 2013 by

  DOD photograph by Glenn Fawcett Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta departs his office for what was expected to be the last time at the Pentagon, Feb. 14, 2013. Panetta will remain secretary of defense until his successor is confirmed and sworn in. As he walked through Pentagon hallways, he and his wife, Sylvia, and…

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Locklear: Budget uncertainty threatens Asia-Pacific rebalance

Posted March 6, 2013 by Donna Miles

Sequestration and budget uncertainties are already impacting U.S. Pacific Command’s operations and loom “like an avalanche” that could ultimately undermine the U.S. rebalance to Asia-Pacific in accordance with the new U.S. strategic guidance, the top commander in the region told Congress March 5. Navy Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III told the House Armed Services Committee…

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Navy completes EMALS shared generator testing

Posted March 15, 2013 by

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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Navy designs mechanized rear-door assist for Mine Resistant Vehicles

Posted March 29, 2013 by Alan Canfield and Dan Broadstreet

The U.S. Marine Corps’ Mine Resistant Ambush Protection Buffalo vehicles were designed to protect Marines from Improvised Explosive Devices, and the Navy is improving MRAPs this March by upgrading them with a new Rear-Door Assist mechanism. Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division Buffalo Systems Deputy Project Engineer Steven Tate Carow said the Buffalo MRAP…

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AMC commander stresses importance of new tanker

Posted April 12, 2013 by

The commander of the Air Force’s Air Mobility Command today stressed the high priority his service places on the KC-46A tanker aircraft program. Air Force Gen. Paul J. Selva discussed progress with the program and stressed its priority in a meeting with Defense Writers Group reporters. Air Force officials announced award of a $3.5 billion…

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Secretary favors ‘third party’ approach to engage Congress

Posted May 1, 2013 by David Vergun

Army leaders may not make the best advocates when it comes to convincing Congress and the American people which systems soldiers really need, said the Army's secretary.

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Pentagon seeks to establish cost culture, official says

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

In an effort to maximize investments of defense business opportunities during austere times, the Defense Department is seeking to establish a ìcost culture,î a senior Pentagon official said May 13. Elizabeth A. McGrath, the Defense Departmentís deputy chief management officer, spoke to an audience during the Excellence in Government Forum about DODís efforts to optimize…

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Special ops commanders seek intel, data-sharing assets

Posted May 31, 2013 by Donna Miles

Senior commanders recently called on the defense industry to provide technologies that give special operations forces more situational awareness, better networking and communications and more precise location and targeting capabilities.

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RAAF purchases Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile training capability

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Navy photograph The EA-18G Growler carries Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile. The U.S. Navy signed a Foreign Military Sales agreement with the Australian Government for an AARGM training capability, marking the first FMS sale involving the weapon. The U.S. Navy signed an agreement with the Australian government May 31 to provide its High Speed Anti-Radiation Missile…

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