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Sequestration not yet a national security threat

Posted April 8, 2013 by Claudette Roulo

Sequestration will have no effect on the drawdown in Afghanistan, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said April 6. [Sequestration] is an avalanche, not a light switch,î Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey said in a round-table discussion with members of the press traveling with him on his trip to Afghanistan. The avalanche started…

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U.S. general: Taliban likely to be long-term threat

Posted April 8, 2013 by Robert Burns

The United States accepts that a diminished but resilient Taliban is likely to remain a military threat in some parts of Afghanistan long after U.S. troops complete their combat mission next year, the top U.S. military officer said Sunday. In an Associated Press interview at this air field north of Kabul, Army Gen. Martin Dempsey,…

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F-22 resumes normal flight operations

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Air Force Reserve photograph by TSgt. Dana Rosso The F-22 Raptor has resumed normal flight operations after modifications to aircrew life-support equipment were completed across the fleet, including the upper pressure garment and related hoses, valves and connectors. Completion of this task eliminates the need to restrict flight operations to remain within a 30-minute flying…

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Navy to commission newest amphibious warship Arlington

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The Navy will commission the newest San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship, Arlington, during a 12:30 p.m., EDT, ceremony April 6, at Naval Station Norfolk, Va.

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DOD review will lead to ëbig choices, Hagel says

Posted April 5, 2013 by Karen Parrish

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel today signaled possible big changes ahead for his department in acquisition, personnel and organization as he delivered his first major policy speech as Pentagon chief. Hagel outlined his plan of attack for the strategic and financial challenges the Defense Department faces during remarks at the National Defense University. We need to…

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Fire Scout unmanned helicopter, USS Robert G. Bradley set deployment record

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The U.S. Navy’s MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter surpassed another milestone in March when the MQ-8B Fire Scout helicopter completed its 600th deployed flight hour while embarked on USS Robert G. Bradley (FFG 49).

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BAMS-D exceeds 10,000 hour milestone

Posted April 5, 2013 by Erik Hildebrandt

The Navy’s Broad Area Maritime Surveillance-Demonstrator (BAMS-D) in flight over Patuxent River, Md. BAMS-D surpassed 10,000 flight hours April 1, marking another milestone for Navy unmanned aviation. The Navy’s Broad Area Maritime Surveillance-Demonstrator (BAMS-D) surpasses 10,000 flight hours April 1, marking another milestone for Navy unmanned aviation. BAMS-D provides more than 50 percent of the…

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Army chief talks aviation, sequestration at Fort Rucker

Posted April 5, 2013 by Sara E. Martin

Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno got a first-hand look at the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence and spoke about the effects of sequestration on the community, during a visit to Fort Rucker, April 1-2. The chief’s visit included tours of different training facilities, briefings, a flight tour of the…

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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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