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F-35B successfully completes AIM-120 separation

Posted March 29, 2013 by

Lockheed Martin photograph On March 26, the F-35B Lightning II became the first F-35 variant to complete airborne weapons separations on three different munitions, the most of any model. Navy test pilot Lt. Cmdr. Michael Burks released an AIM-120 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile from BF-3 over water in the Atlantic Test Ranges. The F-35B is…

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DOD looks at funding’s effect on personnel, programs

Posted March 29, 2013 by Jim Garamone

Defense Department officials are looking at the recently signed continuing resolution that funds the government for the rest of the fiscal year to discern how the legislation affects personnel and programs, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said March 27. The legislation may mean fewer furlough days for defense civilian employees. “The full range of options…

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Budget crisis threatens severe readiness impact

Posted March 29, 2013 by Donna Miles

The Pentagon comptroller painted a sobering picture of the Defense Departmentís fiscal landscape March 28, telling members of the financial community that unless sequestration is de-triggered soon, military readiness will suffer deeply. The continuing resolution that President Barack Obama signed into law yesterday provides slight relief in authorizing the Defense Department to shift funds between…

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Air Force to implement force structure changes

Posted March 29, 2013 by Jennifer Cassidy

The Air Force released its plan March 28 to implement force structure changes mandated by the Fiscal Year 2013 National Defense Authorization Act. The bill authorized the service to complete actions approved in previous years, such as aircraft retirements, and directed execution of Congressionally-approved force structure actions. Some of these changes were outlined in the…

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Performance reviews should show how military commanders handle sex assault complaints

Posted March 27, 2013 by AP

A new report required by Congress recommends that the Defense Department assess how well commanding officers handle sexual assault and harassment complaints when reviewing their job performance. The Institute of Medicine said in the report released March 26 that military sexual assault appears to be an important factor in the development of post-traumatic stress disorder….

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Blue Horizons: War College students look at 2035

Posted March 27, 2013 by Randy Roughton

Each spring, a select group of Air War College students meet for BOGSAT sessions and collaborate in “murder boards” to help Air Force leaders make decisions on how the service will adapt to technological changes in the next quarter of a century. For the past five years, Blue Horizons has investigated a future described as…

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Hagel, Russian counterpart discuss mutual security issues

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Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu made a congratulatory call to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, and the two leaders discussed a range of issues, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said March 25. Hagel and Shoygu discussed the ongoing security transition in Afghanistan, Little said in a statement. “Secretary Hagel assured his counterpart that the handover of…

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Marine Corps prepares for Quadrennial Review Process

Posted March 27, 2013 by Jim Garamone

The Marine Corps enters the Quadrennial Defense Review process confident that examination will show the Marines’ trajectory is on the right track, the Marine Corps’ representative to the process said March 25. At a Defense Writers Group roundtable, Maj. Gen. Kenneth F. “Frank” McKenzie Jr. noted that the Marine Corps is a naval force and…

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Improvements extend C-5 life

Posted March 27, 2013 by A1C Ashlin Federick

Air Force photograph by A1C Ashlin Federick A Dewar tank sits in a C-5M Super Galaxy that is being worked on at the isochronal maintenance dock March 26, 2013, on Dover Air Force Base, Del. Using Air Force Smart Operations of the 21st Century, Airmen from Dover AFB upgraded the tank to improve the reliability…

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Congress reviews reserve forces equipment needs

Posted March 25, 2013 by Col. Bob Thompson

Air Force photograph by Col. Bob Thompson Lt. Gen. James F. Jackson, chief of Air Force Reserve, joined other Reserve and National Guard senior leaders on Capitol Hill March 19 to testify and answer questions. Jackson, who also commands Air Force Reserve Command, and the other senior leaders spoke about the need to update and…

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