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DOD leaders: Budget deadlock could spark readiness crisis

Posted February 5, 2013 by Karen Parrish

Issuing perhaps their strongest warnings yet, Pentagon leaders Feb. 3 said the budget impasse threatens to create a military readiness crisis. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, joined in interviews, televised yesterday, with CNN’s Candy Crowley on “State of the Union” and NBC’s…

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1994 Direct Combat Definition, Assignment Rule rescinded, new billets for Navy women

Posted February 1, 2013 by Ens. Amber Lynn Daniel

As a result of the Department of Defense's rescission of 1994 Direct Ground Combat Definition and Assignment Rule, the Navy is developing plans to move forward in opening all positions previously closed to the assignment of women.

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Airmen gear up for largest B-1 modification

Posted February 1, 2013 by A1C Charles V. Rivezzo

Photograph courtesy of Jake Melampy Members of the 337th Test and Evaluation Squadron is gearing up for the largest B-1 modification in program history, as part of the Integrated Battle Station and Sustainment-Block 16 upgrade. Members of the 337th Test and Evaluation Squadron at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, are gearing up for the largest…

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SMA explains way ahead for women in combat

Posted February 1, 2013 by David Vergun

Army photograph by David Vergun Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III recognizes soldiers for their achievements during his visit, Jan. 29, 2013, to the the Noncommissioned Officer Academy in Charlottesville, Va. During his visit with the NCOs, he fielded a number of questions, including one on his views of women in combat….

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Hagel: Accountability key factor to defense management

Posted February 1, 2013 by Jim Garamone

Accountability is at the heart of managing the Defense Department, former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel told the Senate Armed Services Committee Jan. 31. Hagel, President Barack Obama’s choice to succeed retiring Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, provided eight hours of testimony to the Senate panel. Senators asked Hagel how he will manage the largest institution…

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Message to F-35 ITF: “Your work is critically important”

Posted February 1, 2013 by Laura Mowry

Lockheed Martin photograph by Paul Weatherman Lt. Gen. Christopher C. Bogdan, F-35 Lightning II Joint Program Office program executive officer, addressed the men and women of the F-35 Integrated Test Force, thanking them for their hard work and commitment to the program Jan. 22. Team Edwards welcomed Air Force Lt. Gen. Christopher C. Bogdan to…

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Island-landing ceremony held for new carrier

Posted January 30, 2013 by PO3 Sabrina Fine

Navy photograph by PO1 Nathanael Miller Susan Ford Bales, daughter of late President Gerald R. Ford and ship’s sponsor, speaks with members of the future nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford’s (CVN 78) first crew during the ship’s island landing ceremony at Huntington Ingalls Industries-Newport News Shipbuilding. The island-landing ceremony marks the final super-lift…

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USS Halsey, USS Russell finish hull swap

Posted January 30, 2013 by PO2 Dominique Pineiro

The crews of guided-missile destroyers USS Halsey (DDG 97) and USS Russell (DDG 59) finished swapping hulls at Naval Base San Diego Jan. 25.

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An Excalibur’s first flight over Kandahar

Posted January 30, 2013 by SSgt. Jason Ragucci

Gunners of Bravo Battery, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery Regiment, shot an Excalibur round out of a M-777 howitzer cannon for the first time at Forward Operating Base Frontenac, Kandahar, Afghanistan, Jan. 20. The Excalibur is a separate loading, 155MM, extended-range, precision-guided projectile designed for use with other 155MM digitized Howitzers. The M-777 is designed…

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Lightning up the night

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Night vision view of F-35C Lightning II test aircraft Lockheed Martin photograph An F-35C Lightning II, on a nighttime test flight, cuts through the skies over the Atlantic Test Ranges Jan. 23. Marine Corps test pilot Maj. C. R. Clift flew CF-5 for almost an hour, completing evaluation of the aircraft’s landing and taxi lights….

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