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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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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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Africom commander details current, emerging threats

Posted June 26, 2012 by by SFC Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

U.S. Africa Command’s top military officer today detailed existing and emerging threats from extremist organizations on the continent in a speech at the African Center for Strategic Studies in Arlington, Va. Army Gen. Carter F. Ham also explained the U.S. presence in Africa and Africom initiatives based on the new U.S. defense strategic guidance. “When…

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Pratt & Whitney signs agreement with Australian supplier Broens Industries for additional F135 engine work

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Pratt & Whitney has awarded Broens Industries a follow on purchase order to manufacture complex support equipment for the sustainment solution of the F135 propulsion system powering the F-35 Lightning II. This new order valued at approximately $300,000 is for units which will be utilized at the first operational and training bases in the U.S….

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DOD approves NATO medals for operations in Africa, Libya

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The Department of Defense announced July 24 that NATO medals for operations in Libya and Africa have been approved for acceptance and wear by eligible U.S. service members and DOD civilian personnel.   The NATO Medal for NATO Operations and Activities in Africa is awarded for service in direct support of one of the following…

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U.S. strikes on Iran would risk major war

Posted September 17, 2012 by by Robert Burns

U.S. military strikes on Iran would shake the regime’s political control and damage its ability to launch counterstrikes, but the Iranians probably would manage to retaliate, directly and through surrogates, in ways that risked igniting all-out war in the Middle East, according to an assessment of an attack’s costs and benefits. The assessment said extended…

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Afghan air university takes dynamic formal stride

Posted May 8, 2013 by Capt. Anastasia Wasem

Taking one more step to becoming Ministry of Defense accredited, Afghan air force leaders at Pohantoon-e-Hawayee “Air University” signed six newly developed training decrees May 4 at Kabul International Airport here. The implementation of these decrees marks the first time†the†school had†standard operating procedures for the teaching of the students. “I have been waiting for this…

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First F-35 for The Netherlands rolls out of production facility

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The first F-35 Lightning II for The Netherlands rolled out of the F-35 production facility in Fort Worth, Texas, April 1. This is the latest step in the production process leading to its eventual assignment to Eglin AFB, Fla., later this summer. The…

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ISS trio lands safely In Kazakhstan

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Three members of the Expedition 30 crew undocked from the International Space Station and safely returned to Earth April 27, wrapping up a five-and-a-half-month mission in space. Commander Dan Burbank of NASA and Russian Flight Engineers Anatoly Ivanishin and Anton Shkaplerov landed their Soyuz TMA-22 spacecraft in Kazakhstan at 6:45 a.m., CDT, after undocking from…

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Shadow ‘enhanced platoons’ meet growing need in Afghanistan

Posted May 30, 2012 by by James Ryan

When the Afghan theater commander called on the Army to increase the number of Shadow platoons in theater during the height of the 2011 Operation Enduring Freedom summer campaign, the Army was ready...

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