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Secretary details results of sequestration uncertainty

Posted March 4, 2013 by Jim Garamone

Soldier and Marine training, Air Force flying hours and Navy steaming days are being curtailed thanks to the $47 billion in cuts DOD must make before Sept. 30, 2013, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said March 1. The secretary stressed at the start of his first press conference as Defense Secretary that the uncertainty caused by…

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AF leaders warn of sequester impacts on replacing an aging fleet

Posted March 4, 2013 by SSgt. David Salanitri

Two senior Air Force leaders warned last week of the impacts sequestration and a continuing resolution will have on the service’s acquisitions and programs. Lt. Gens. Michael Moeller, the deputy chief of staff for strategic plans and programs, and Charles Davis, the military deputy, office of assistant secretary of the Air Force acquisitions, testified to…

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Patriot Sands teams Reserve Airmen with federal agencies for contingency exercise

Posted March 1, 2013 by

A joint response exercise here brought Air Force and federal agencies together for a national contingency exercise, Feb. 21-23.

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Navy to christen first mobile landing platform

Posted March 1, 2013 by

The Navy will christen the Mobile Landing Platform Montford Point March 2, during a 10 a.m., PST, ceremony in San Diego, Calif.

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Hagel vows to ensure well-being of service members, families

Posted March 1, 2013 by Jim Garamone

New Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel promised Feb. 27 to always be frank with the men and women of the department and said he expects all to be direct in return. Hagel spoke to the Pentagon workforce and a worldwide audience on the Pentagon Channel just after taking the oath as the nationís 24th defense secretary….

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Cuts, unstable budget threaten intelligence mission

Posted March 1, 2013 by Cheryl Pellerin

Along with al Qaeda, nuclear proliferation and cyber threats, budget instability and the prospect of further deep spending cuts are among the nation’s most pressing national security challenges, top defense intelligence officials told a congressional panel Feb. 27. Michael G. Vickers, undersecretary of defense for intelligence, and Defense Intelligence Agency Director Army Lt. Gen. Michael…

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Hagel takes office as 24th Defense Secretary

Posted February 27, 2013 by Cheryl Pellerin

DOD photograph by PO1 Chad J. McNeeley Chuck Hagel is sworn into office as the 24th defense secretary by Michael L. Rhodes, the Defense Department’s director of administration and management, as Hagel’s wife, Lilibet, holds a Bible at the Pentagon, Feb. 27, 2013. Just before his private swearing-in ceremony as the 24th secretary of defense,…

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NAVAIR announces potential to cancel aviation depot maintenance

Posted February 27, 2013 by

Late last week, the Naval Air Systems Command notified a number of contractors of the potential to cancel, defer or de-scope aircraft and engine depot maintenance events at Fleet Readiness Centers in Cherry Point, N.C., Jacksonville, Fla., and San Diego, Calif., from April 1 to Sept. 30, 2013. Notifications were made to allow companies time…

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Fleet launches aircraft energy-saving initiatives

Posted February 27, 2013 by

Navy photograph Fleet F/A-18s perform the SMART Tanking refueling practice that saves energy by configuring a Super Hornet tanker with only the centerline refueling tank. The tanker launches to refuel the aircraft returning from their mission then lands within about 20 minutes. Referred to as ìYo-yo Tankingî in the fleet, this method delivers up to…

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First littoral combat ship to deploy in March

Posted February 25, 2013 by PO1 Jen Blake

During a media availability Feb. 21, Navy officials announced the littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) is on track to begin its first deployment March 1. This milestone was announced by the LCS Council, a group established by Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert Aug. 22, to oversee continued fleet testing and the…

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