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Science, technology remain critical, official says

Posted April 22, 2013 by Amaani Lyle

Despite fiscal uncertainty, science and technology remain critical elements in mitigating emerging threats against the United States, a Defense Department official told Congress April 16. Alan Shaffer, the acting assistant secretary of defense for research and engineering, pledged to continue a focus on programs such as electronic warfare, counter-space, cyber, and counter-weapons of mass destruction…

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Better information improving Army readiness decisions

Posted May 6, 2013 by David Vergun

Army leaders face challenging decisions regarding manpower, readiness and modernization as budget restrictions and uncertainties continue.

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UAV pilots maintain situational awareness above battlefield

Posted May 24, 2013 by SSgt. Richard Andrade

Unmanned aerial vehicle pilots maintain an "eye-in-the-sky" view providing real-time surveillance high above the battlefield in order to keep Soldiers safe from unexpected "enemy" attacks, at the U.S. Army National Training Center, at Fort Irwin, Calif.

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U.S. forces, regional partners kick off Eager Lion in Jordan

Posted June 12, 2013 by

Army photograph by SSgt. Scott Griffin Maj. Gen. Awani al Adwan, chairman of the joint task force with the Jordanian army, and U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Robert G. Catalanotti, U.S. Central Commandís director of exercises and training, shake hands after officially beginning Exercise Eager Lion 2013 during a news conference in Amman, Jordan, June 9,…

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352nd SOG welcomes Osprey to fleet

Posted June 28, 2013 by TSgt. Stacia Zachary

The 352nd Special Operations Group resurrected a key capability when two CV-22B Ospreys touched down June 24 at RAF Mildenhall, England.

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Additional missile defense tests necessary, official says

Posted July 17, 2013 by Claudette Roulo

Following recent testing failures, the director of the Missile Defense Agency told Congress July 17 that he is committed to a full evaluation of the way forward for the nationís ballistic missile defense system. Navy Vice Adm. James Syring told members of the Senate Appropriations Committeeís defense subcommittee that the most recent flight test, conducted…

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Sixth Wideband Global SATCOM satellite launched

Posted August 9, 2013 by

The U.S. Air Force’s sixth Wideband Global SATCOM spacecraft was launched on a United Launch Alliance Delta IV launch vehicle from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. at 8:29 p.m., EDT, Aug. 8, the first step in its journey to expand satellite communications services to the warfighter. The satellite will provide additional wideband SATCOM coverage…

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Long-range radar program heading to next phase

Posted August 26, 2013 by Patty Welsh

A program office here working to provide warfighters with a new ground-based, long-range radar system is ready to move forward after the completion of recent prototype demonstrations. The Theater Battle Control Division’s Three-Dimensional Expeditionary Long-Range Radar, or 3DELRR, program office recently evaluated three prototype capability demonstrations during the pre-engineering and manufacturing development phase of the…

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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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