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NATO conference focuses on post-2014 Afghanistan

Posted April 18, 2012 by by Karen Parrish

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen April 18 emphasized support to Afghanistan beyond 2014 in remarks opening a conference of the alliance’s defense and foreign ministers in Brussels, Belgium. Rasmussen noted the NATO summit in Chicago is a month away.

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Aircraft Spotlight: AH-64 Apache Helicopter

Posted May 4, 2012 by by Marti Jaramillo

The AH-64 Apache, the world’s premier twin-engined Army attack helicopter, was designed to be an extremely tough survivor under combat. The prototype Apache made its first flight Sept. 30, 1975, as the YAH-64, and in 1976, Hughes received a full-scale development contract. In 1982, the Army...

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Pentagon chief slams House panel for budget extras

Posted May 16, 2012 by by Donna Cassata

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta slammed a House panel recently for adding billions of dollars to President Barack Obama’s defense budget, including money for a new East Coast missile defense site that the military says is unnecessary. Just hours after the House Armed Services Committee approved its $642 billion spending blueprint, Panetta and Army Gen. Martin…

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U.S., Pakistan military coordination improves

Posted May 31, 2012 by by Claudette Roulo

In a sign of improving coordination between the United States and Pakistan, two U.S. military liaison officers recently returned to Pakistan, Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. John Kirby told reporters May 31.

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Time for U.S. to join Law of Sea Convention

Posted June 14, 2012 by by Cheryl Pellerin

Accession to the longstanding United Nations Law of the Sea Convention will have a positive impact on U.S. operations across the maritime domain, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said June 14.

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Allies conduct exercise to mark Korean War anniversary

Posted June 25, 2012 by by Walter T. Ham IV

American and South Korean forces conducted a large live-fire exercise to mark the anniversary of the Korean War at a range close to the Korean Demilitarized Zone. More than 2,000 South Korean and U.S. troops...

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Commander qualifies in the F-22, confident in Raptor

Posted July 5, 2012 by by Justin Oakes

Air Combat Command's senior airman completed F-22 Raptor pilot qualification recently, reinforcing his personal stake in the Air Force's efforts to identify the root cause of unexplained physiological incidents...

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Democratic leader to GOP: Compromise to avert defense cut

Posted July 16, 2012 by by Donna Cassata

The Senate’s Democratic leader insisted July 12 that if House Republicans desperately want to avert automatic cuts to the military, they have to compromise and make tax increases part of any solution. In a biting letter to the GOP members of the House Armed Services Committee, Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said he would like…

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Misawa F-16s resume flying

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MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan (AFNS) — The 35th Fighter Wing, Misawa Air Base, Japan, resumed flying operations July 26, 2012, following a five-day review of the wing’s F-16s. Col. Al Wimmer, 35th Fighter Wing and Misawa Air Base installation vice commander, ordered a temporary suspension to flying operations after a Misawa-based F-16 developed a problem…

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Panetta: National Guard, Reserve key to defense strategy

Posted August 9, 2012 by by Claudette Roulo

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta told the airmen and soldiers based at Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, N.Y., Aug. 9 their service is critical to the defense strategy. Panetta said New York was the cradle of the United States military, and that its critical role for the armed forces continues today. “New York’s Air National…

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