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Unmanned aerial vehicle squadron starts training at Pendleton

Posted March 6, 2013 by Sgt. Christopher Duncan

Marine Corps photograph by Cpl. Christopher Duncan Cpl. Andrew Smith, left, Sgt. Derrick Williams, center, Sgt. Michael Lomartire, right; prepare the RQ-7B Shadow, an unmanned aerial vehicle, for a launch conducted here, Feb. 27. Williams was the plane captain and quality assurance chief for this exercise, and all of the Marines are UAV technicians from…

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Aegis Combat System Engineering Agent contract award announced

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The Navy awarded Lockheed Martin a $100,685,094 contract for Aegis Combat System Engineering Agent efforts March 3. This is the first time Aegis CSEA efforts have been competitively procured in more than 40 years.

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Hagel, Barak discuss Syria, Iran

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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak held talks at the Pentagon March 5 on issues including Syria and Iran, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said.

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Strategic Command: Cuts could erode capabilities

Posted March 6, 2013 by Cheryl Pellerin

U.S. Strategic Command can execute its full mission responsibilities today, but the impacts of fiscal uncertainty and declining resources in the next six months or a year could change that, Air Force Gen. C. Robert Kehler said March 5. Testifying here before the House Armed Services Committee, the STRATCOM commander characterized the impacts as an…

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Northrop Grumman successfully demonstrates Joint STARS, Global Hawk interoperability

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Northrop Grumman recently completed a successful exchange of radar data during a flight test involving the U.S. Air Force’s E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System and the RQ-4B Global Hawk Block 40 unmanned aircraft system. The demonstration was conducted Feb. 25. The exchange is the first collaborative effort to stream ground moving target radar…

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Special ops chief hails restructure, partnership progress

Posted March 6, 2013 by Amaani Lyle

The commander of U.S. Special Operations Command told Congress today strong partnerships with allies and an understanding of terrorist networks in Afghanistan and North Africa have helped build the command’s capacity to meet mission objectives. In testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Navy Adm. William H. McRaven said his command helped establish a new…

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Joint program suspension lifted, F-35s fly again at Eglin

Posted March 6, 2013 by Chrissy Cuttita

Air Force photograph by Maj. Karen Roganov F-35 A and B operations began again March 1 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., after a two-week cautionary suspension grounded the aircraft. An engine blade crack discovered at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. Feb. 19 caused the recent suspension. Another short-lived season of “cautionary suspension” has been…

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Northrop Grumman announces centers of excellence in Florida, California, New York

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Northrop Grumman announced March 4 it is designating five centers of design and integration excellence in support of its Aerospace Systems sector’s manned aircraft, unmanned systems and electronic attack businesses. In addition, the company announced plans to close an Information Systems sector facility in Dominguez Hills, Calif. “Consolidating these centers of excellence will improve our…

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Seal Beach trains first responders during Exercise Citadel Shield

Posted March 6, 2013 by PO1 Eli J. Medellin

Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach participated in the annual security training exercise known as Citadel Shield 2013 from Feb. 26 to March 1. Citadel Shield is the largest force protection and anti-terrorism exercise of the year and is conducted on naval bases and installations throughout the continental United States. “It’s designed to enhance the training…

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Service chiefs ask Congress for fiscal help

Posted March 6, 2013 by Karen Parrish

The senior officers from the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force asked Congress March 5 for more spending flexibility so they can maintain military readiness as the sequester’s across-the-board budget cuts take effect. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James…

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