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Combat King reigns in the sky

Posted November 16, 2012 by Todd McQueen

An HC-130J Combat King II takes off for Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. from Lockheed Martin facilities in Marietta, Ga., Nov. 15. Aircraft number 5707 is the third of 15 HC-130Js to be delivered to the U.S. Air Force’s Air Combat Command. The HC-130J replaces the HC-130P/N as the only dedicated fixed-wing personnel recovery platform…

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U.S., Thai leaders move defense alliance into 21st century

Posted November 16, 2012 by Cheryl Pellerin

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Thai Defense Minister Sukampol Suwannathat affirmed their nations’ long-term military partnership in Bangkok Nov. 15, updating a vision for the alliance whose most recent statement, in 1962, focused on fighting communism. Before attending the signing ceremony on the manicured grounds of the Ministry of Defense, Sukampol accompanied Panetta as…

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GOP senator outlines $68 billion in defense cuts

Posted November 16, 2012 by Donna Cassata

Defense spending could be slashed by $68 billion over 10 years if the military stopped spending millions on running grocery stores, operating its own schools and even developing a roll-up version of beef jerky, insists one of the Senate’s leading fiscal conservatives. In a new report, Republican Sen. Tom Coburn dubs the Pentagon the “Department…

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Report: Military biofuel programs poised to drive major economic, job growth

Posted November 14, 2012 by

The military’s plans to expand its use of biofuel in planes, ships and other vehicles would generate at least about $10 billion in economic activity and create more than 14,000 jobs by 2020, according to a report commissioned by Environmental Entrepreneurs. Just as importantly, if DOD is able to expand its use of advanced biofuels…

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Military Sealift Command’s first Mobile Landing Platform ship floated from dry dock

Posted November 14, 2012 by Sarah Burford

Military Sealift Command’s first Mobile Landing Platform ship completed its first float out operation at the General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard in San Diego Nov. 13. Designated T-MLP-1, the ship will be named USNS Montford Point, honoring African American Marine Corps recruits who trained at Camp Montford Point, N.C, from 1942 to 1949. The first of…

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Defense officials preview ‘Better Buying Power 2.0′ initiative

Posted November 14, 2012 by Karen Parrish

Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter Nov. 13 unveiled a proposed new phase of the Defense Department’s “Better Buying Power” initiative that since 2010 has shaped the department’s acquisition arm to “do more without more.” Carter told reporters during a Pentagon briefing that when he, as undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics, and then-Defense Secretary…

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Deficit cutters look to Pentagon budget

Posted November 14, 2012 by Donna Cassata

One war is done, another is winding down and the calls to cut the deficit are deafening. The U.S. military, a beneficiary of robust budgets for more than a decade, is coming to grips with a new reality – fewer dollars. The election accelerated an already shifting political dynamic that next year will pair a…

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U.S.-Australia alliance bolsters regional security, prosperity

Posted November 14, 2012 by Cheryl Pellerin

Agreements reached during the latest meeting of top U.S. and Australian officials in Perth, Australia, Nov. 14 will further cooperation between the nations’ military forces and expand capabilities related to the frontier of space. At the end of sessions held as part of the 2012 Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta joined…

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‘Business as usual’ encompasses much for U.S., Australia

Posted November 14, 2012 by Jim Garamone

The annual Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations in Perth, Australia, was very much a “business as usual” conference that checked the state of the alliance and charted the way forward for the two countries. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta met Nov. 14 with their Australian counterparts, Foreign Minister Bob…

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Test team completes final mission on retiring CH-46E helicopter

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After more than 750 hours and 500 flights, the test team for the CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter recently completed its final mission as the helicopter, affectionately known as the Phrog, prepares for retirement in 2016. The test team, based here at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., completed the final flight Oct. 9. Part of…

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