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U.S.-Afghanistan alliance important to DOD, spokesman says

Posted July 9, 2012 by by Karen Parrish

The U.S. government’s designation of Afghanistan as a major non-NATO ally is “extremely important” to the Defense Department, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said July 9. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced the designation July 7 after meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai in the Afghan capital of Kabul. It is intended to provide a…

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Lockheed Martin delivers ground support stations To Finnish Air Force

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The initial ground shelter for a vigilant “Dragon Shield” has been delivered to the Finnish Air Force by Lockheed Martin. The ground system will support a CASA C-295 aircraft that…

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U.K. army to lose 17 major units amid austerity push

Posted July 9, 2012 by by Cassandra Vinograd

British Defense Secretary Philip Hammond said July 5 the country’s army will lose 17 major units in a sweeping restructuring to handle the loss of 20,000 soldiers under the government’s austerity drive. The U.K.’s army is shrinking from 102,000 troops to 82,000 by the end of the decade – part of efforts to meet steep…

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Two RAF Tornado jets crash, searching for pilots

Posted July 5, 2012 by by Cassandra Vinograd

Two RAF Tornado jets crashed July 3 in Scotland and the British military was searching for the wreckage, officials said. One Royal Air Force crewmember has died and two others are believed dead, British officials said July 4. The Ministry of Defense said Wednesday that one officer from 15 (Reserve) Squadron, based at RAF Lossiemouth,…

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Northrop Grumman to supply platform management system for U.K. Royal Navy’s next Astute-Class submarine

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Northrop Grumman has been selected to supply the Platform Management System for the Royal Navy’s fifth Astute-class submarine, Anson. Northrop Grumman’s Sperry Marine business unit will supply the PMS for Astute Boat 5 under a performance partnering arrangement with BAE Systems Maritime-Submarine. BAE Systems will install the PMS equipment, which controls and monitors the submarine’s…

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NATO to strengthen ability to act with global partners

Posted July 5, 2012 by by Cheryl Pellerin

NATO seeks to assume a more global perspective, play its part globally and strengthen its ability to act with partners around the globe, Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said in London July 4. In a speech at Chatham House, Rasmussen said forging closer links with partners in Asia, Africa and elsewhere is crucial to guaranteeing…

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Parker completes acquisition of Olaer Group in United Kingdom

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Parker Hannifin Corporation, the global leader in motion and control technologies, announced July 2 that it has successfully completed its previously announced agreement to acquire the Olaer Group headquartered in Deeside, United Kingdom. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The Olaer Group has annual sales of approximately $200 million and 550 employees. Approximately 88…

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Panetta welcomes opening of Pakistan supply lines

Posted July 3, 2012 by by Cheryl Pellerin

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta July 3 welcomed Pakistan’s decision to open ground lines of communication on the border with Afghanistan that have been closed since November. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced the decision after a telephone call this morning with Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar. “As I have made clear,” Panetta…

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News Briefs July 3, 2012

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Brazilian Air Force show shatters windows Brazilian Air Force jets flying over the capital city of Brasilia, during a flag-changing ceremony swept down so low they caused shock waves that shattered windows in the Supreme Court and Congressional buildings. The Brazilian Air Force issued a statement saying the July 1 incident occurred during a traditional…

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NATO chief discusses alliance role in Syria, Afghanistan

Posted July 3, 2012 by by Cheryl Pellerin

NATO’s core business is security, Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen told reporters in Brussels, Belgium, July 2 as he outlined the role of the alliance and the international community in Syria and Afghanistan. “NATO is where North America and Europe come together every day to discuss the security issues which concern us,” Rasmussen said, “and…

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