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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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Russia wary of deeper nuclear arms cuts

Posted May 24, 2013 by Vladimir Isachenkov

Russia’s top military officer May 22 voiced skepticism about deeper nuclear arms cuts, saying they should require parallel reductions in non-nuclear precision weapons. The statement by chief of Russia’s military General Staff, Gen. Valery Gerasimov, appeared to signal the Kremlin’s reluctance to negotiate a new nuclear arms deal with Washington. President Barack Obama, who signed…

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Military to counter U.S. missile shield

Posted March 28, 2012 by

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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Vietnam hosts naval exchange with U.S. Navy

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Vietnam kicked off a weeklong naval exchange April 23 with the U.S. Navy amid percolating tensions in the South China Sea with China. Three ships from the U.S. 7th Fleet visited Danang during the five-day event that began Monday. No live-fire drills were planned, but the two sides were expected to practice salvage and disaster…

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Obama thanks service members in Afghanistan

Posted May 2, 2012 by by Karen Parrish

During his surprise trip to Afghanistan May 2, President Barack Obama found some time – between signing a strategic agreement with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and delivering a speech to be broadcast back...

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News Briefs June 4, 2012

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Drone crash caused by loss of coolant An Air Force investigative report says a Predator drone crashed in Afghanistan in January because of a loss of engine coolant. The aircraft and one air-to-ground Hellfire missile were destroyed on impact just outside a fence at Kandahar Air Base. There were no injuries or property damage. The…

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Africa presents opportunity, challenges

Posted June 19, 2012 by by Donna Miles

For decades, Africa was arguably the most overlooked continent on the globe, with U.S. military involvement there shared among three combatant commands and engagement activities episodic at best.

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Two RAF Tornado jets crash, searching for pilots

Posted July 5, 2012 by by Cassandra Vinograd

Two RAF Tornado jets crashed July 3 in Scotland and the British military was searching for the wreckage, officials said. One Royal Air Force crewmember has died and two others are believed dead, British officials said July 4. The Ministry of Defense said Wednesday that one officer from 15 (Reserve) Squadron, based at RAF Lossiemouth,…

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Stryker units in Afghanistan now equipped with precision mortars

Posted July 17, 2012 by by Audra Calloway and Breanna Merenda

he first-ever Accelerated Precision Mortar Initiative round fired from a Stryker vehicle in Afghanistan accomplished what few conventional 120mm high-explosive mortars can achieve: a direct hit on a target...

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Draken International buys eight McDonnell Douglas A-4K Skyhawks

Posted August 8, 2012 by

Draken International has signed an agreement with the New Zealand government to purchase eight McDonnell Douglas A-4K Skyhawks as well as various other equipment and accessories. This successful transaction marks the end of a great chapter in New Zealand aviation history and the beginning of a great foundation for Draken International. Draken, recognizing the increasing…

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