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Commander seeks better military-to-military relations with China

Posted May 17, 2012 by by Jim Garamone

Chinese and American officials recognize the importance of good, uninterrupted military-to-military relations, and the commander of U.S. Pacific Command will do what he can to further that goal. Navy Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III spoke about his new command and the importance he places in building the U.S. military relationship with China during a recent…

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News Briefs May 17, 2012

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Court shoots down $1.4 million tort judgment against Navy Federal prosecutors say the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has vacated a $1.4 million judgment against the Navy for allegedly disclosing trade secrets on the design of a military craft to a rival. U.S. Attorney Jim Letten says the appellate court ruled May 11 against…

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News Briefs May 16, 2012

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U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 1,843 As of May 15, 2012, at least 1,843 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. The AP count is eight less than the Defense Department’s tally. At least…

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Force changes in Europe to preserve strategic edge

Posted May 16, 2012 by by Donna Miles

With major force changes to unfold across Europe, including a drawdown of about 7,000 U.S. forces there, U.S. European Command remains committed to its mission of ensuring a ready force prepared to respond if called upon, officials said. About 80,000 military forces based in…

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U.S. Air Force hosts European Tanker Symposium

Posted May 15, 2012 by Story and Photos by SrA. Rachel Waller

Capt. Aaron Marx (right) demonstrates the capabilities of a KC-135 Stratotanker to Royal Air Force Flt. Lt. Damian Massingham in a flight simulator at Royal Air Force Mildenhall on May 11, 2012. The flight simulator session was part of the European Tanker Symposium, a...

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Pakistan says it test-fires short-range missile

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Pakistan’s military says it has successfully test-fired a short-range missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead. A military statement says the Hatf III Ghaznavi with a range of 180 miles was launched May 10 at the conclusion of the annual field training exercise of Army Strategic Force Command. It is the second such test by…

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U.K. reverses decision on JSF jet deal

Posted May 10, 2012 by by David Stringer

Britain’s defense secretary is ditching proposals to buy a particular type of F-35 Joint Strike Fighter – reverting to an original plan previously criticized by Prime Minister David Cameron. Defense Secretary Philip Hammond told lawmakers May 10 that Britain would no longer purchase F-35c variants of the Lockheed Martin fighter jet because the cost of…

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News Briefs May 10, 2012

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Air Force whistle-blowers to get protection Air Force officials say there will be no actions taken against two whistle-blower pilots who complained about problems with the F-22 fighter jet, including comments made during a recent “60 Minutes” television interview. Lt. Gen. Janet Wolfenbarger, assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, told a Senate subcommittee…

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Prince Harry calls for unity in supporting wounded warriors

Posted May 9, 2012 by by Donna Miles

Great Britain’s Prince Henry of Wales, commonly known as Prince Harry, urged the U.S. and British publics last night to unify in supporting wounded warriors and families of the fallen, particularly as the drawdown of military operations in Afghanistan takes the media spotlight off their continuing needs. Prince Harry accepted the Atlantic Council’s Distinguished Humanitarian…

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Pentagon sending trainers back into Yemen

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The Pentagon is sending military trainers back into Yemen for what it calls “routine” cooperation with Yemeni security forces. A Pentagon spokesman, Navy Capt. John Kirby, said May 8 that “small numbers” of U.S. trainers have returned to Yemen recently. He would not be more specific about the number or when they arrived there. Yemen…

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