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DOD officials announce missile defense siting study

Posted September 13, 2013 by

Pursuant to the fiscal 2013 National Defense Authorization Act, the Defense Department has initiated a study to evaluate five candidate sites in the continental United States for the potential future deployment of additional ground-based interceptors, Pentagon officials announced Sept. 12. Two missile defense sites with long-range interceptor missiles already are active at Fort Greely, Alaska,…

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DOD spells out closure contingency plan guidance

Posted September 30, 2013 by Jim Garamone

DOD officials Sept. 27 issued guidance to the force in the event appropriations lapse Oct. 1 and a government shutdown results. Officials emphasize they still hope Congress can avoid that but say it is prudent to take such steps. The eight-page document gives basic guidance to commanders and directors on how to handle everything from…

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Military to reduce community, public outreach

Posted October 21, 2013 by Karen Parrish

Pentagon officials announced a plan Oct. 18 that will enable the military services to resume conducting community and public outreach activities in the new fiscal year, but at a significantly reduced capacity. This cost-cutting measure will yield a savings of $104 million in fiscal year 2014. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel outlined the Pentagons new strategic…

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Manage defense spending through better buying power, not sequestration

Posted November 15, 2013 by Ashton B. Carter

It was a little over three years ago that then-Secretary of Defense Bob Gates foresaw correctly that the days of increasing defense budgets were coming to an end. The nation confronted a looming fiscal crisis, and, as he famously put it in a speech at the Eisenhower Library, “The gusher has been turned off and…

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Navy honors F/A-18 for 35 years of distinction

Posted December 9, 2013 by

NAVAL AIR STATION PATUXENT RIVER, Md. ó The F/A-18 Hornet community celebrated the 35th anniversary of the aircraftís first flight during a ceremony Dec. 9 in the Rear Adm. William A. Moffett building atrium at Naval Air Station Patuxent River. Md. Sponsored by the F/A-18 and EA-18G Program Office (PMA-265), the celebration highlighted the accomplishments…

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Rescue squadron deactivates at Camp Bastion

Posted January 6, 2014 by 1st Lt. Trevor Martin

The HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter aircrew of the 26th Expeditionary Rescue Squadron and pararescuemen of the 651st Expeditionary Rescue Flight, deployed here, sat alert for the last time Dec. 31, 2013.

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President to nominate several to key DOD positions

Posted February 3, 2014 by Terri Moon Cronk

President Barack Obama has announced his intent to nominate four people to key Defense Department positions, all of which require Senate confirmation. They are: Miranda A. A. Ballentine, to be assistant secretary of the Air Force for installations, environment, and logistics; Michael McCord, to be undersecretary of Defense (comptroller); Brian P. McKeon, to be principal…

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‘Backbone’ of Real Thaw 14 pushes through final week of exercise

Posted February 14, 2014 by 2nd Lt Allie Delury

Air Force photograph by 2nd Lt. Allie Delury In preparation for a Feb. 9, 2014, Atlantic storm, 14 F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 31st Fighter Wing were lined up on the Monte Real Air Base flight line to protect them from overhanging foliage and debris. Whether loading training munitions by day or turning wrenches at…

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Official encourages dialogue between Pentagon, industry

Posted March 7, 2014 by Amaani Lyle

To ensure on-time, on-cost delivery of quality products and services to the warfighter, a Pentagon official encouraged clear and ongoing dialog between Defense Department decision-makers and industry leaders in a conference March 4. James Russell, acting director of the Defense Contract Management Agency, told participants in Aviation Week’s Defense Technologies and Requirements conference that finessing…

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High-speed CARS in use at AEDC

Posted March 31, 2014 by Vicki Peters

Courtesy photograph Two hollow-core fibers (pink-colored at right) provide remote CARS measurements at the exhaust plane of the J85 engine at the University of Tennessee Space Institute. As gas-turbine and hypersonic propulsion systems advance, so must the diagnostic measurement systems used in testing them. The Coherent Anti-Stokes Raman Scattering (CARS) Spectroscopy System is a development…

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