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Karzai says U.S. can have nine Afghan bases after 2014

Posted May 13, 2013 by by Kathy Gannon

Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who has irked Washington with his frequent criticism of American military operations in his country, said May 9 that his government is now ready to let the U.S. have nine bases across Afghanistan after most foreign troops withdraw in 2014. A border spat with Pakistan and a desire to test public…

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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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Japan signs order for advanced chemical, biological, radiological detection, early warning systems

Posted April 23, 2012 by

The Japan Ministry of Defense recently ordered 19 AbleSentry├é┬« systems from Lockheed Martin and its trading partner ITOCHU Corporation to provide detection and early warning of a possible chemical, biological, or radiological attack. Designed for the tactical battlefield, AbleSentry is simple to deploy, operate and maintain. Using a sophisticated detection algorithm, the system’s array of…

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Commander seeks better military-to-military relations with China

Posted May 17, 2012 by by Jim Garamone

Chinese and American officials recognize the importance of good, uninterrupted military-to-military relations, and the commander of U.S. Pacific Command will do what he can to further that goal. Navy Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III spoke about his new command and the importance he places in building the U.S. military relationship with China during a recent…

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NATO limits airstrikes on Afghan homes

Posted June 12, 2012 by by Heidi Vogt and Rahim Faiez

The U.S.-led military coalition in Afghanistan is limiting airstrikes against houses to self-defense for troops, following a strike last week that killed women and children alongside insurgents, a spokesman for the alliance said June 11. Such airstrikes are now being designated a weapon of last resort to rescue soldiers, cutting back their use. Though airstrikes…

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Boeing helps open thermoplastic composites research lab in the Netherlands

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A new laboratory that provides thermoplastic composites research for Boeing and other aerospace companies has opened at Enschede in the Netherlands. “With this opening, the Thermoplastics Composites Research Center, or TPRC, is no longer a virtual institute,” said William Gerry, who represents Boeing as chairman of the TPRC board. “The TPRC research team is now…

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Pacom chief calls Australia key player in regional security

Posted July 13, 2012 by by Donna Miles

Australia has been a staunch U.S. ally for more than 60 years and its leadership will continue to be critical to regional security and the future of the Asia-Pacific, Navy Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III, the top U.S. officer in the region, told reporters in Canberra, Australia, at the National Press Club July 13. Locklear,…

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DOD officials detail defense posture in Asia-Pacific

Posted August 7, 2012 by by SFC Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

The Defense Department remains focused on building and strengthening defense initiatives in the Asia-Pacific region to reach the goals outlined in the U.S. defense strategic guidance, senior DOD officials said Aug. 1. Robert Scher, deputy assistant secretary of defense for plans, and David F. Helvey, acting deputy assistant defense secretary for East Asia, testified before…

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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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F-15SE standing alone in South Korean contest

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The Boeing F-15SE Silent Eagle now stands alone as the sole remaining candidate for South Korea’s $7.4 billion F-X Phase 3 fighter aircraft procurement. Forecast International has long viewed the F-15SE as a very strong contender for the F-X Phase 3 fighter procurement. South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration announced that one of the two…

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