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Sequestration would cripple U.S. military strategy, Hagel says

Posted March 14, 2014 by Jim Garamone

DOD photograph by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel testifies on the Defense Department’s fiscal year 2015 budget request before the House Appropriations Committee’s defense subcommittee in Washington, D.C., March 13, 2014. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Robert F. Hale, the Defense Department’s comptroller, joined Hagel…

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MQ-8C Fire Scout reaches 100 flight hours

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Northrop Grumman photograph by Alan Radecki An MQ-8C Fire Scout†on†runway after†a test flight at Point Mugu, Calif., March 10. The unmanned helicopter surpassed 100 flight hours during this event and will continue†to undergo testing at Point Mugu this year. In July, the Navy will conduct dynamic interface testing with the MQ-8C aboard USS Jason Dunham…

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Tobyhanna lands Gray Eagle Ground Control Station repairs

Posted March 14, 2014 by Justin Eimers

Army photograph Repairs on the Ground Control Stations for Gray Eagle (MQ-1C) Unmanned Aircraft Systems are scheduled to begin at Tobyhanna Army Depot in fiscal year 2016. The Army, Marine Corps, Air Force and Navy have named Tobyhanna Army Depot as the Depot Source of Repair for the Gray Eagle (MQ-1C) Unmanned Aircraft System Ground…

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Officials update Congress on military space policy, challenges

Posted March 14, 2014 by SFC Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

If potential adversaries are to challenge the United States, they must do so in the space domain, the Defense Departments top space policy official told Congress March 12. Douglas L. Loverro, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for space policy, joined by Gen. William L. Shelton, the commander of Air Force Space Command, testified before…

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First F-35 Lightning II arrives at Luke AFB

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Escorted by two F-16 fighting Falcons, Luke Air Force Base's first F-35 Lightning II arrived at the Arizona base a little after 11 a.m. March 10, from the Lockheed Martin factory in Fort Worth, Texas.

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2014 QDR presumes future includes more risk, less money

Posted March 14, 2014 by Claudette Roulo

The 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review isn’t like previous reviews, a senior Defense Department official said March 10. Christine E. Wormuth, deputy undersecretary of defense for strategy, plans and force development spoke at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. The QDR is a congressionally mandated review of DOD strategy and priorities. It is intended to…

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JUPITR program takes shape on Korean Peninsula

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Courtesy photograph The Joint United States Forces Korea Portal and Integrated Threat Recognition, or JUPITR, which is a program led by the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense, or JPEO-CBD, and supported by the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center, will provide unique biological detection capabilities to address the demand for stronger…

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Study assesses physical demands for combat arms

Posted March 14, 2014 by Lisa Ferdinando

In full gear, Sgt. Shawanna Washington moved ammunition, loaded mortar rounds into a gun tube, moved agilely as if under enemy fire, and completed other physically demanding tasks of a Soldier on the battlefield.

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Air Force officials announce fiscal 2015 force structure changes

Posted March 10, 2014 by

Air Force officials released force structure changes March 10 resulting from the fiscal year 2015 President’s Budget announced March 4. To ensure the service successfully transitions to a leaner force that remains ready, the Air Force plans to remove almost 500 aircraft across the inventories of all three components over the next five years. “The…

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DOD removes 20 areas from imminent danger pay list

Posted March 10, 2014 by Guv Callahan

The Department of Defense has removed 20 areas from its list of locations that qualify for imminent danger pay starting June 1, in a move that is expected to affect approximately 50,000 service members. DOD officials announced in January that service members in the 20 areas would no longer receive the additional imminent danger rate…

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