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Air Force leaders will deliver budget guidance to force in days

Posted January 14, 2013 by Jim Garamone

Air Force leaders will deliver guidance to the force in a few days to begin prudent planning for the uncertain budget environment ahead, Air Force Secretary Michael B. Donley said Jan. 11. Donley and Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, the Air Force chief of staff, briefed Pentagon reporters Jan. 11, on the state of their…

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Panetta: Fiscal crisis poses biggest immediate threat to DOD

Posted January 11, 2013 by Karen Parrish

DOD photograph by Erin Kirk-Cuomo Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, brief the press at the Pentagon, Jan. 10, 2013. Panetta and Dempsey discussed the effects of sequestration if it were to take effect at the end of March. The “perfect storm of…

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Memo tells DOD components to plan for budget uncertainties

Posted January 11, 2013 by Jim Garamone

Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter has released a memo directing the services and defense agencies to begin planning for possible upcoming budget challenges. The memo allows defense components to freeze civilian hiring, terminate temporary hires and reduce base operating funds. It also allows components to curtail travel, training and conferences and to curtail administrative…

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U.S. Air Force releases new ‘vision’ document

Posted January 11, 2013 by Master Sgt. Jess Harvey

The Air Force released a new Vision document Jan. 10 outlining the force’s vision and way forward. “Focused on ‘Airmen, Mission, and Innovation,’ I believe this short document captures what today’s Air Force is all about and where I think we ought to focus on for tomorrow,” said Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark…

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Air Force announces KC-46A candidate bases

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The Air Force announced Altus Air Force Base, Okla., and McConnell AFB, Kansas, as candidate bases for the KC-46A formal training unit Jan. 9. Altus AFB, Fairchild AFB, Wash., Grand Forks AFB, N.D., and McConnell AFB, are candidate bases for the first active-duty led KC-46A main operating base (MOB 1). Forbes Air Guard Station, Kansas,…

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Highly-skilled dance performed at 25,000 feet

Posted January 11, 2013 by SrA. Mark Hybers

Courtesy photograph An E-3 Sentry moves to within 50 feet of a KC-135 from the 507 ARW recently as the two planes prepare for an aerial refueling over the cloudy skies of St. Louis, Mo., Jan. 3, 2013. When most people think about skillful dancing, the thought of a couple moving gracefully across a dance…

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U.S. pursues better ballistic missile

Posted January 10, 2013 by Donna Miles

MDA photograph by Ralph Scott Technicians prepare a ground based Interceptor for emplacement into Missile Field 2 at the Missile Defense Complex at Fort Greely, Alaska, Feb. 25, 2012. U.S. Northern Command is collaborating closely with the Missile Defense Agency to improve the capability of systems designed to counter threats to the homeland. While refining…

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The most fearsome weapon is evolving

Posted January 10, 2013 by Raquel Sanchez

Courtesy photograph Courtesy photograph The first MC-130J to be converted into Air Force Special Operations Commandís newest variant of the gunship, the AC-130J Ghostrider, lands at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Jan. 3, 2013. Modifications to the airframe will be completed in ten months and will be a milestone in the recapitalization of the AC-130H/U…

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U.S., Canada think ahead to NORAD Next

Posted January 7, 2013 by Donna Miles

More than a half century since it was established to confront the Cold War threat, North American Aerospace Defense Command is at a new crossroads as officials in the United States and Canada determine the capabilities it will need to confront emerging challenges and threats in the decades ahead. Members of the Permanent Joint Board…

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Panetta lauds nominees for defense secretary, CIA director

Posted January 7, 2013 by Karen Parrish

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta Jan. 7 endorsed President Barack Obama’s nominee to succeed him at the helm of the Pentagon. Obama announced his nomination of Chuck Hagel as the next defense secretary at the White House today. The president also announced he has nominated John Brennan as the next CIA director. If confirmed by…

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