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Panetta praises U.S.-Turkish alliance, pledges more support

Posted June 13, 2012 by by SFC Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta delivered keynote remarks during the 31st Annual American Turkish Council Conference dinner June 11 reaffirming the U.S.-Turkish alliance and pledging further support for...

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NATO limits airstrikes on Afghan homes

Posted June 12, 2012 by by Heidi Vogt and Rahim Faiez

The U.S.-led military coalition in Afghanistan is limiting airstrikes against houses to self-defense for troops, following a strike last week that killed women and children alongside insurgents, a spokesman for the alliance said June 11. Such airstrikes are now being designated a weapon of last resort to rescue soldiers, cutting back their use. Though airstrikes…

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Danish armed forces select AeroVironment’s Puma AE small UAS

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The Danish Acquisition and Logistics Organization announced June 12 at Eurosatory it has awarded AeroVironment a firm fixed-price order of $9.6 million to supply the Danish Armed Forces with the company’s Puma AEâ„¢ small unmanned aircraft systems. AeroVironment was selected following a competitive evaluation. “Allied armed forces are procuring our small unmanned aircraft systems to…

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Work continues toward opening Pakistan supply routes

Posted June 11, 2012 by by SFC Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

Though a team of U.S. negotiators is returning home after several weeks of discussing reopening ground supply routes in Pakistan, the talks are not mired, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said June 11. In November, Pakistan closed ground routes that had been used to resupply forces in Afghanistan after a NATO airstrike accidentally killed 24…

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News Briefs June 11, 2012

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S.C. military base task force hires coordinator The panel named to help ensure that military bases in South Carolina don’t suffer in a possible new round of defense budget cuts has hired an executive coordinator. The State newspaper reported the South Carolina Military Base Task Force has hired a former commander from Shaw Air Force…

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Lockheed Martin partners with Turkish industry for training opportunities, PAC-3 canister production

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Lockheed Martin signed agreements June 11 with two Turkish companies to collaborate on training solutions for coalition military personnel and the production of PAC-3 Missile single canisters. The partnerships were confirmed at the 31st Annual Conference on U.S.-Turkish Relations in Washington, D.C. In the first agreement, Lockheed Martin expands its collaboration with Havelsan, Inc., to…

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Pratt & Whitney, Italian Air Force celebrate successful F-16 ‘Peace Caesar,’ F100 fleet management programs

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Pratt & Whitney and the Italian Air Force celebrated the highly successful Peace Caesar F-16 lease program and supporting Pratt & Whitney F100 Fleet Management Program during the F-16 departure ceremony May 23 at Trapani Air Base, Italy. The Performance Based Logistics program was designed to provide affordable readiness for the Italian Air Force fleet…

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Philippine leader seeks U.S. assurance on defense

Posted June 11, 2012 by by Matthew Pennington

The Philippine president comes to the White House seeking assurance of U.S. military help should the Southeast Asian ally face attack by rising power China over their conflicting maritime claims. That’s an awkward question for the U.S. as it seeks to enhance its Asian alliances without alarming Beijing. Philippine President Benigno Aquino III met President…

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Military remains focused on finding missing soldier

Posted June 11, 2012 by by Claudette Roulo

The Defense Department remains focused on efforts to return the only U.S. service member known to be in Taliban captivity to his family, Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. John Kirby said June 8. Kirby told reporters that freeing Army Sgt. Bowe R. Bergdahl is a constant focus for commanders in Afghanistan. “Every day … there is…

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Javelin missile proves new capability during vehicle-launched Norwegian tests

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The Lockheed Martin and Raytheon Javelin Joint Venture recently demonstrated the capability to launch Javelin missiles from a vehicle in winter conditions at a test range in Norway. In a Norwegian Ministry of Defence-sponsored live fire demonstration in Rena, Norway, two Javelin missiles scored two direct hits when fired from a Piranha V vehicle configured…

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