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Missile defense system completes successful intercept test

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The Missile Defense Agency and Navy sailors aboard the USS Lake Erie conducted a successful flight test of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense system May 15, Pentagon officials reported. In the test, the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense 4.0 weapon system and a Standard Missile 3 Block IB missile intercepted a separating ballistic missile target over…

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Australia renews interest in MQ-4C Triton UAS

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The Australian Ministers for Defence and Defence Materiel announced May 15 that the government of Australia will enter into a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) planning case with the U.S. Navy for the MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft System.

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Air Force Reserve submits construction plans to Senate

Posted May 17, 2013 by Col. Bob Thompson

U.S. Air Force photograph by Scott M. Ash Maj. Gen. Richard S. Haddad testifies during a hearing of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies, May 15, 2013, on Capitol Hill. Active and Reserve Component leaders testified to the subcommittee about the fiscal 2014 President’s Budget request and…

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Future USS Minnesota successfully completes sea trials

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Pre-Commissioning Unit Minnesota (SSN 783), the nation's newest and most advanced nuclear-powered attack submarine, moored May 16 at Huntington Ingalls Industry's Newport News Shipbuilding following its successful completion of Alpha and Bravo sea trials.

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U.S. airmen train with Polish air force

Posted May 17, 2013 by TSgt. Kenya Shiloh

Air Force photograph by TSgt. Kenya Shiloh Members of the 115th Fighter Wing, Wisconsin Air National Guard, arrive at Lask Air Base, Poland, for Aviation Detachment Rotation 13-2, May 9, 2013. More than 100 Airmen will be working with the Polish air force for the first F-16 fighter aircraft rotation and second overall this year….

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STRATCOM strives to build coalitions for space operations

Posted May 15, 2013 by Donna Miles

Recognizing the value of multinational coalitions for operations in the land, maritime and air domains, officials at U.S. Strategic Command here hope to forge a coalition that shares assets and capabilities in space. The U.S. and its allies are discussing details for the first agreement of its kind promoting combined space operations, Brig. Gen. David…

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New authority supports global special ops network

Posted May 15, 2013 by Donna Miles

A new arrangement that gives U.S. Special Operations Command responsibility for manning, training and equipping special operators assigned to regional combatant commands is beginning to pay off in strengthening the global special operations force network, the Socom commander reported in Tampa, Fla., May 14. Navy Adm. William H. McRaven told attendees at the 2013 Special…

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Hagel issues memo directing preparations for civilian furloughs

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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced May 14 that he has signed a memorandum directing defense managers to prepare to furlough most Defense Department civilian employees for up to 11 days between July 8 and the Sept. 30 end of the fiscal year. Here is the text of the memo in its entirety: This memo directs…

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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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Naval Air Forces commander calls X-47B catapult launch a pivotal moment in Naval aviation

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The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator completed its first ever carrier-based catapult launch from USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) off the coast of Virginia May 14.

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