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States compete to become FAA drone test sites

Posted March 27, 2013 by

It’s the land where Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier, where the space shuttle fleet rolled off the assembly line and where the first private manned rocketship climbed to space. Capitalizing on Southern California’s aerospace fortunes, two rival groups want to add another laurel: drone test range. They face crowded competition. In search of an…

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U.S. bolstering missile defense

Posted March 18, 2013 by Amaani Lyle

The United States will add more ground-based ballistic missile interceptors to its arsenal to guard against increased threats from North Korea and Iran, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced March 15. North Korean and Iranian missile capabilities have increased and the United States must stay ahead of that threat, Hagel said. Both have developed longer range…

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U.S. House chairman for more troops in Afghanistan

Posted March 15, 2013 by Donna Cassata

U.S. military leaders and the American ambassador favor a residual force of 13,600 in Afghanistan after combat troops leave at the end of 2014, the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee said March 13 as President Barack Obama faces political and military pressures on his upcoming decision on the size of the force. A…

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President nominates 1st female Air Force Academy superintendent

Posted March 4, 2013 by

The president of the United States nominated Maj. Gen. Michelle Johnson for the appointment to the rank of lieutenant general and for assignment to serve as Air Force Academy’s 19th superintendent. If confirmed by the Senate, Johnson would become the first woman to hold the position. Currently serving as NATO’s deputy chief of staff for…

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House votes to rename flight center for Armstrong

Posted February 27, 2013 by

The House has approved a bill to rename a NASA flight center in California for the late astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon. The measure, which passed on a 394-0 vote, would rename the Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., as the Neil A. Armstrong Flight…

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U.S. military weighs cuts, shifts in drone programs

Posted February 15, 2013 by Lolita C. Baldor

The Pentagon for the first time is considering scaling back the massive buildup of drones it has overseen in the past few years, both to save money and to adapt to changing security threats and an increased focus on Asia as the Afghanistan war winds down. Air Force leaders are saying the military may already…

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GOP lawmakers offer alternative to automatic cuts

Posted February 8, 2013 by Andrew Taylor

A group of GOP lawmakers from House and Senate Feb. 6 offered a plan to cut the federal workforce and use the savings to replace some $85 billion in across-the-board budget cuts to the Pentagon and domestic programs. The legislation reprises a plan offered last year that failed to advance. House Armed Services Committee Chairman…

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Drone Strike Limitations Considered By Congress After Justice Department Memo Surfaces

Posted February 6, 2013 by Lara Jakes

Uncomfortable with the Obama administration’s use of deadly drones, a growing number in Congress is looking to limit America’s authority to kill suspected terrorists, even U.S. citizens. The Democratic-led outcry was emboldened by the revelation in a newly surfaced Justice Department memo that shows drones can strike against a wider range of threats, with less…

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Georgia launches new effort to protect military bases

Posted December 17, 2012 by Russ Bynum

With nine bases contributing an estimated $20 billion to the state’s economy each year, Georgia has good reason to want to protect its investment in the U.S. military – and good reason to be nervous about the coming years. The state would suffer a share of automatic budget cuts targeting the Pentagon if the president…

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Obama Nominates Clark as Next Air Guard Director

Posted December 12, 2012 by Col. Nahaku McFadden

Lt. Gen. Stanley E. “Sid” Clarke III, commander of the Continental U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command Region-1st Air Force, has been nominated by President Barack Obama to be the next director of the Air National Guard. If confirmed by the Senate, Clarke will replace Lt. Gen. Harry “Bud” Wyatt III, who is retiring in…

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