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Canada to consider other planes besides F-35

Posted December 14, 2012 by Rob Gillies

Canada is considering buying fighter jets other than U.S.-made F-35’s because of escalating costs associated with Lockheed Martin’s troubled Joint Strike Fighter program, the country’s defense minister said Wednesday. Defense Minister Peter MacKay said the government needs to ensure a balance between military and taxpayer interests. MacKay said Canada needs to have all viable options…

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Afghan AF, NATO Air Training Command sign joint strategic flightplan

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Maj. Gen. Abdul Wahab Wardak, commander of the Afghan air force, and Brig. Gen. Steven Shepro, commander of NATO Air Training Command-Afghanistan, signed the first-ever combined strategy into effect at a Nov. 28 ceremony at the NATC-A headquarters at the Kabul International Airport in Afghanistan. All three Wings and key leaders witnessed the ceremony. The…

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Germany to take stake as EADS shakes up ownership

Posted December 7, 2012 by Jamey Keaten

European aerospace and defense company EADS announced Dec. 7 a new ownership structure in which Germany is set to join France and Spain as state shareholders – even as overall government influence shrinks at the company. The parent company of plane maker Airbus, the archrival of U.S.-based Boeing, said the deal would eventually give the…

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C-130H Hercules retired from service

Posted December 3, 2012 by

The C-130H Hercules has retired from service after 34 years with the Royal Australian Air Force, with a farewell ceremony at RAAF Base Richmond in Sydney. Since its delivery in 1978, the C-130H Hercules has provided the Australian Defence Force with a highly effective transport capability. C-130H Hercules has supported Defence personnel on operations in…

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Rasmussen discusses Afghanistan progress, missiles for Turkey

Posted November 28, 2012 by Claudette Roulo

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen is confident Afghan security forces will be able to take full responsibility for Afghanistan’s security by the end of 2014, he said Nov. 26 during an interview with the Pentagon Channel. His confidence comes from discussions with senior Afghan and International Security Force officials during a recent visit to…

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U.S., NATO consider Turkish request for missile support

Posted November 26, 2012 by Claudette Roulo

The U.S. will work closely with its NATO allies to determine the best way to respond to a recent request from Turkey for Patriot missile support, a defense official said Nov. 21. Turkey is seeking to deploy the Patriot missiles along its southeastern border in an effort to de-escalate crisis conditions due to the civil…

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How Asia sees Obama’s pivot to the Pacific

Posted November 21, 2012 by by Eric Talmadge

A lot has happened in Asia while the United States was off fighting its wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and most of it can be summed up in one word – China. Fueled by China’s amazing growth and the promise of its huge and expanding consumer market, the Asia-Pacific region is now, as experts like…

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Iran lawmaker: U.S. drone violated airspace

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A prominent Iranian parliament member said Nov. 9 that a U.S. drone violated Iran’s airspace a week ago, when the Pentagon says it was fired on. The U.S. maintains the pilotless craft was over international waters. Lawmaker Mohammad Saleh Jokar told state-owned yjc.ir news website that Iranian fighters shot at the U.S. drone because it…

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Putin reshuffles top Russian military officers

Posted November 9, 2012 by Vladimir Isachenkov

President Vladimir Putin Nov. 9 reshuffled the nation’s top military brass following the defense minister’s ouster, and instructed the new top military officer to be friendlier to Russia’s defense industries. Putin’s advice to Col. Gen. Valery Gerasimov, appointed chief of the armed forces’ General Staff, appeared to shed more light on the reasons for the…

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NATO extends Rasmussen’s term as secretary general

Posted October 5, 2012 by Cheryl Pellerin

The North Atlantic Council has extended Anders Fogh Rasmussen’s four-year term as NATO secretary general for another year, until July 31, 2014, the council announced Oct. 3. Allies will support Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen in his dedicated work to carry forward NATO’s tasks, missions and objectives, based on consensual allied decisions, a written statement…

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