Air Force photograph by SrA. Natasha Stannard
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U.S., African nations share techniques in partnership exercise

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ACCRA, Ghana – Ghanaian, Benin, Togolese, Senegalese, Nigerian and U.S. air force members hit the flightline loading, guarding and marshaling aircraft March 21 during the African Partnership Flight 12-2 capstone event here.
The capstone gave all nations involved in the…

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Military to counter U.S. missile shield

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The Russian military must prepare to counter U.S. missile defense plans in Europe even as talks between Moscow and Washington are ongoing, President Dmitry Medvedev said recently. Medvedev told a meeting of Russia’s top military brass that the country “isn’t shutting the door to dialogue,” but nevertheless must get ready to take military countermeasures. The…

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Pentagon wants more money for Israel’s Iron Dome

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The Pentagon will press Congress for more money for Israel’s Iron Dome system designed to intercept short-range rockets and mortars, a boost for Israel as the Obama administration tries to dissuade the Mideast ally from launching a potential unilateral strike on Iran. The announcement from the Pentagon March 27 also comes as Obama has faced…

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News Briefs March 27, 2012

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Air Force Academy gets $3.6M artificial turf airstrip The Air Force Academy has a new landing strip for its glider planes carpeted with more than 1.3 million square feet of artificial turf. The school unveiled the $3.6 million installation March 20. It’s the equivalent of about 23 NFL football fields or 16 MLS soccer fields….

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Panetta calls for Europe, NATO defense investment

Posted February 7, 2012 by by Karen Parrish

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta Feb. 4 called for European nations to match the United States’ vote of confidence in the transatlantic partnership, through investment in common defense and commitment to a long-term solution in Afghanistan. Panetta and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton spoke before some 10 heads of state and 40 foreign or…

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NATO ministers agree Afghan transition on track

Posted February 6, 2012 by by Karen Parrish

NATO defense ministers meeting in Brussels all agreed on a clear message: as the transition to Afghan security lead proceeds, the process “reflects what Lisbon was all about,” Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said Feb. 2. Panetta was referring to the way forward in Afghanistan as agreed upon by President Barack Obama and NATO’s other…

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