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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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Researchers, officials collaborate for global demining efforts

Posted July 17, 2012 by by Amanda Rominiecki

Army researchers hosted national and foreign partners at the 2013-2014 Humanitarian Demining Requirements Workshop to plan humanitarian...

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Philippines to acquire helicopters, trucks in bid to modernize military

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The Philippine’s defense chief says the government has signed separate contracts worth 163 billion pesos (about $39 million) with Italian and South Korean companies to supply helicopters and trucks as part of efforts to modernize its poorly equipped military. Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin said Dec. 27 the Philippines will purchase three multi-purpose AW 109 helicopters…

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Six F-15s, KC-135 to augment NATO mission in Baltics

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Following Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s announcement March 5 during Senate testimony that the United States is augmenting its participation in NATO’s air policing mission in the Baltics and will increase joint training through its aviation detachment in Poland, a defense official provided additional information. In a statement provided on background, the official said the United…

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General Dynamics, Rheinmetall Defence form tank ammunition joint venture company

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General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics, and Rheinmetall Defence of Dusseldorf, Germany, have formed a tank ammunition joint venture company named Defense Munitions International, LLC. The new company will develop and market new and existing 120mm kinetic energy and multi-purpose cartridges for the U.S. and international tank ammunition markets….

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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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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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Air Force presence helps preserve progress in Iraq

Posted June 25, 2012 by by TSgt. Beth Del Vecchio

A group of U.S. airmen assigned to the Office of Security Cooperation - Iraq help to preserve progress made in the country after almost a decade of war. The mission of OSC-I, in coordination with USCENTCOM...

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BAE Systems’ Taranis passes the test

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Taranis, the United Kingdom's unmanned combat air system technology demonstrator, has successfully completed a series of key tests on the way to commencing flight trials in 2013.

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Boeing names new business leader for Turkey

Posted July 23, 2012 by

Boeing announced July 23 that Bernie Dunn will succeed Boeing Turkey president Greg Pepin, who will retire from the company in October. Dunn will be responsible for coordinating all Boeing business activities in Turkey and report to Shep Hill, president, Boeing International and senior vice president, Business Development and Strategy. “Bernie has an accomplished background…

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