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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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Obama announces nominees for next defense secretary, CIA cirector

Posted January 7, 2013 by SFC Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

President Barack Obama Jan. 7 announced his nominations to serve as the next leaders of the Defense Department and Central Intelligence Agency. At a White House news conference, Obama announced his selection of Chuck Hagel to be next defense secretary and John Brennan as the next CIA director. If confirmed by the Senate, Hagel will…

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Infantry now shut to women; do they want it open?

Posted January 7, 2013 by Pauline Jelinek

If or when the Defense Department lets women become infantry troops – the country’s front-line war fighters – how many women will want to? The answer is probably not many. Interviews with a dozen female soldiers and Marines showed little interest in the toughest fighting jobs. They believe they’d be unable to do them, even…

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Through an Airman’s Eyes

Posted January 4, 2013 by A1C Austin Harvill

Capt. Patrick Williams, the new Air Force F-22 Raptor demonstration pilot, practiced some maneuvers recently to give crowds worldwide a taste of both the Raptor's, and the Air Force's, capabilities.

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Senate confirms Clarke as Air National Guard Chief

Posted January 4, 2013 by

Air Force Lt. Gen. Stanley E. "Sid" Clarke III, commander of the Continental U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command Region and 1st Air Force, has been confirmed by the Senate to be the next director of the Air National Guard.

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Panetta thanks Congress, seeks end to sequestration

Posted January 4, 2013 by SFC Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta expressed his gratitude to U.S. lawmakers for delaying sequestration and voiced optimism for finding a permanent way to avoid an additional $500 billion in budget cuts. “On behalf of the Department of Defense, I want to express our thanks to the Democratic and Republican members of Congress who voted to…

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President signs $633 Billion Defense Authorization Act

Posted January 4, 2013 by Jim Garamone

President Barack Obama signed the $633 billion fiscal 2013 National Defense Authorization Act into law Jan. 2. The legislation, which cleared Congress last month, authorizes the department to act in any number of instances. “There are certain things that cannot be done without [the authorization act],” said a senior defense official speaking on background. The…

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