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Panetta calls Beijing meetings ‘substantive, productive’

Posted September 21, 2012 by Karen Parrish

Visiting China at what he called a “very important moment” for the U.S.-China relationship, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said Sept. 19 his meetings with key Chinese leaders here have been both substantive and productive. In a discussion with Chinese reporters and media representatives traveling with him, Panetta reviewed his meetings over two days with…

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Boeing delivers Africa’s first 777 Freighter to Ethiopian Airlines

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Boeing Sept. 20 delivered the first 777 Freighter to Ethiopian Airlines marking the first 777F to be operated by an African carrier. Today’s 777F is being leased to Ethiopian Airlines from GECAS. “This delivery marks another special day for Ethiopian Airlines and all of Ethiopia. We are not only becoming the first African carrier operating…

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NATO transformation chief encourages ‘smart defense’ strategy

Posted September 17, 2012 by by SFC Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

Despite fiscal challenges, NATO members should work together to develop the right capabilities to adapt to future challenges, NATO’s top transformation officer said in Washington, D.C., Sept. 17. At a Pentagon news conference, Gen. Stephane Abrial of the French air force, NATO’s supreme allied commander for transformation, encouraged the use of the alliance’s “Smart Defense”…

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NATO chiefs examine Afghan campaign, post-2014 posture

Posted September 17, 2012 by Jim Garamone

DOD photograph by D. Myles Cullen U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, talks with a NATO chairman of defense in Sibiu, Romania, Sept. 14, 2012. The NATO chiefs of defense had a good discussion on events in Afghanistan and alliance plans in the region, Army Gen. Martin E….

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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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Second AEHF satellite payload activated

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ULA photograph AEHF-2 launches from from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The satellite was carried aboard an Atlas V launch vehicle. The U.S. Air Force successfully activated the AEHF-2 communications payload, Aug. 14. Payload activation was accomplished from the AEHF command and control site located at Schriever AFB, Colo….

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News Briefs – August 24, 2012

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Lockheed Martin to cut 550 jobs at Georgia plant   Aerospace firm Lockheed Martin is cutting 550 jobs at its metro Atlanta plant as production of its C-130 aircraft slows, officials said. The move was announced Aug. 22 but is already under way, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. Cuts at the Marietta plant were needed because…

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News Briefs – August 22, 2012

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Obama: Military budget deal unlikely by November   President Barack Obama says he doesn’t believe Congress can reach a deal before the November elections that avoids deep cuts in military spending, but says he is optimistic that reductions won’t occur. Obama says he has made sure that service members don’t lose pay or benefits and…

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News Briefs – August 21, 2012

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USS Constitution sets sail again in Boston Harbor   The 215-year-old USS Constitution has sailed for the first time since 1997, taking a 17-minute cruise across Boston Harbor. The short trip Aug. 19 was to commemorate the Navy ship’s victory over a British warship of a similar size in a fierce battle during the War…

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News Briefs – August 20, 2012

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Army suicides doubled last month from June’s total   The Army says suicides among active-duty soldiers more than doubled in July from the month before. That marks an acceleration of a military-wide trend this year that has caused Pentagon leaders to step up their search for solutions to a problem that has worsened in 2012…

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