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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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Swedish Defence Materiel Administration orders AeroVironment Puma AE, Wasp small UAS

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AeroVironment has received a firm fixed-price order for 12 hybrid small unmanned aircraft systems from the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (Försvarets Materielverk) on behalf of the Swedish Army. The order consists of Puma AEâ„¢ and Waspâ„¢ air vehicles, ground stations, training, and logistics support. The order is the result of a competitive evaluation and procurement…

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C-17 accident investigation board complete

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Air Mobility Command has released the results of its investigation into the Jan. 23, 2012, mishap involving a C-17A Globemaster III that landed at Forward Operating Base Shank, Afghanistan.

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U.S. Marines fire Excalibur from record range in Afghanistan

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The U.S. Marine Corps successfully fired two Raytheon Excalibur 155mm precision-guided artillery projectiles from a range of 36 kilometers (22.3 statute miles) in theater. These shots mark the longest distance the Excalibur round has been fired in combat since its fielding in 2007. “It is incredible to think about how this capability has evolved with…

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Cracks show in Turkey’s once dominant military

Posted June 11, 2012 by by Selcan Hacaoglu

These are unsettled times for the Turkish military, once the nation’s arbiter. The civilian government gutted its political power, hundreds of retired and active-duty officers are in jail on coup plot charges – and now military dissenters are lobbying on Facebook and Twitter for better pay and benefits. The campaign on social media provides a…

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News Briefs June 7, 2012

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Putin emphasizes military ties with Chinese VP Russian President Vladimir Putin emphasized burgeoning military ties with China June 6 on the second day of a visit to his nation’s eastern neighbor. Putin told Vice President Xi Jinping that he and Chinese President Hu Jintao have vowed to expand military exchanges and he also recalled recent…

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News Briefs June 6, 2012

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U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 1,870 As of June 5, 2012, at least 1,870 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,554 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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NATO strikes overland transport deals

Posted June 5, 2012 by by Slobodan Lekic

NATO has concluded agreements with Central Asian nations allowing it to evacuate vehicles and other military equipment from Afghanistan and completely bypass Pakistan, which once provided the main supply route for coalition forces. Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said June 4 that Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan had agreed to allow the reverse transport of alliance equipment….

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