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Pentagon warns of higher bomb threat in drawdown

Posted December 17, 2012 by Donna Cassata

American and coalition forces in Afghanistan will be more vulnerable to deadly improvised explosive devices as the military draws down troops next year, a senior Pentagon official said Dec. 13. Lt. Gen. Michael Barbero described his concerns about what is the top cause of military and civilian deaths in Afghanistan and Pakistan in congressional testimony…

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AFSOC builds partnerships with sister services, foreign militaries

Posted December 17, 2012 by SrA. Melanie Holochwost

More than 30 service members and civil servants from 10 different countries gathered at Hurlburt Field, Fla., to attend the Building Partner Aviation Capacity Course Dec. 3 to 14. BPACC was designed as an avenue for Air Force Special Operations Command to create, nurture or deepen partnerships with foreign militaries, sister services, and other Air…

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Defense and Industry Narrow Communication Gap

Posted December 14, 2012 by Terri Moon Cronk

As a cost- and time-saving measure, Defense Department officials have developed an experimental Website to help government and industry stay up-to-date on developing projects that support the war fighter. The new site, Defense Innovation Marketplace, is part of the Defense Department’s Better Buying Power initiative to save DOD money, said Jack Blackhurst, a “customer” of…

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Panetta signs order to deploy 400 U.S. personnel to Turkey

Posted December 14, 2012 by Cheryl Pellerin

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has signed an order that will deploy 400 U.S. personnel to Turkey to support the deployment that NATO agreed to recently of Patriot missile capability there, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said today. Panetta signed the agreement en route to Turkey as he wrapped up a trip this week that…

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Leaders meet at Fort Sill to discuss unmanned aerial system threats

Posted December 14, 2012 by Jeff Crawley

U.S. ground forces detect an enemy unmanned aircraft performing reconnaissance over their forward operating base. Now the soldiers must determine how to neutralize the Unmanned Aerial System threat: whether to jam the electronic signal from its ground controller, kill the ground controller or shoot down the Unmanned Aerial System, or UAS. This is a possible…

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Lajes Field drawdown as part of force structuring announced

Posted December 14, 2012 by

Department of Defense officials announced Dec. 13 that Lajes Field will transition from an air base wing to an air base group with a reduction of more than 400 military personnel and 500 family members by the end of fiscal year 2014. “The drawdown of the 65th Air Base Wing is part of a larger…

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Presidential V-22s on schedule for delivery in 2013

Posted December 12, 2012 by

Bell-Boeing photograph Aircraft 209, the fourth MV-22 to be assigned to the Presidential Support Squadron awaits attachment of the tail empennage (painted the iconic dark green of the squadron) on the Bell V-22 assembly plant production floor in Amarillo, Texas, Dec. 1. The first MV-22 is on schedule to be delivered to Marine Helicopter Squadron…

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Panetta arrives in Kabul to thank troops, meet with commanders

Posted December 12, 2012 by Cheryl Pellerin

After spending time with U.S. troops and officials in Kuwait, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta landed in Kabul, Afghanistan, Dec. 12 to thank troops for their exceptional service, especially during the holidays when it’s harder to be far from family and friends.

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F-35B achieves milestone flight

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Lockheed Martin photograph Marine Corps test pilot Maj. C. R. Clift flies BF-1 on a short take off and vertical landing mode mission, Dec. 7. The flight marked the 1,000th developmental test flight for the F-35B Lightning II in the programís system development and demonstration phase. The F-35B is the Lightning II variant designed for…

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Arrival of last F-35C completes Patuxent River complement of Lightning II aircraft

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Lockheed Martin photograph Aircraft CF-5, flown by Navy test pilot Lt. Cmdr. Michael Burks, takes off from the F-35 Lightning II manufacturing facility in Fort Worth, Texas, Dec. 11. The aircraft, which arrived at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., the same day, is the final permanently assigned F-35C for the Integrated Test Force at…

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