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Future USNS Fall River delivered

Navy photograph The joint high speed vessel USNS Fall River (JHSV 4) completes acceptance trials testing and evaluations in the Gulf of Mexico. The ship’s trials included dockside testing to clear the ship for sea and at-sea trials during which the Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey evaluated and demonstrated the performance of Fall River…

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NASA airborne campaigns focus on climate impacts in Arctic

University of Alaska-Fairbanks photograph by Chris Larsen Changes in more than 130 Alaskan glaciers are being surveyed by scientists at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks in a DHC-3 Otter as part of NASA’s multi-year Operation IceBridge Over the past few decades, average global temperatures have been on the rise, and this warming is happening two to…

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Future of NATO: Adapting to a new security environment

NATO’s supreme allied commander introduced new initiatives geared toward re-embracing its mission of collective defense.

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NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory finds planet that makes star act deceptively old

Image courtesy of NASA/CXC/M. Weiss A new study from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory shows that a giant exoplanet, WASP-18b, is making the star that it orbits very closely act much older than it actually is. This artist’s illustration depicts WASP-18b and its star, which are about 330 light years away. A planet may be causing…

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Enhanced F-35 Lightning II logistics system delivered to flight test locations

Lockheed Martin has delivered the next evolution of the F-35 Lightning II’s information technology backbone, called the Autonomic Logistics Information System, to Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., and Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md.


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News Briefs February 2, 2012

Posted  February 6, 2012

Pilot error blamed for California Navy jet crash Pilot error is being blamed for the fatal crash last year of a Navy fighter jet near a Central California air base. Navy investigators say the plane’s pilot, 33-year-old Matthew Lowe, and weapons officer, 28-year-old Nathan Williams, did not execute a maneuver at the correct air speed…

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Military balance requires closures, realignments

Posted  February 6, 2012

The Defense Department needs another round of base realignments and closures if the military is to retain its balance, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Feb. 1. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey told the Reserve Officers Association that as the military cuts $487 billion over the next 10 years, infrastructure must change…

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NATO ministers agree Afghan transition on track

Posted  February 6, 2012

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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DOD begins prorating imminent danger pay

Posted  February 6, 2012

Service members now will receive imminent danger pay only for days they actually spend in hazardous areas, Pentagon officials said Feb. 2. The change, which took effect Feb. 1, was included in the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, which President Barack Obama signed into law Dec. 31. “Members will see the prorated amount in their…

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Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley (standing upper left) speaks with civic leaders representing communities from across the U.S. during a conference Jan. 31, 2012, at Joint Base Andrews, Md. Hosted by Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz, the civic leaders attended briefings at the Pentagon and at JB Andrews. The group also will visit Joint Base Eustis-Langley in Norfolk, Va., for a look at Air Combat Command.
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Air Force hosts national civic leader conference

Posted  February 6, 2012

Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz met with prominent civic leaders from 32 states and Guam at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Jan. 31. Schwartz began the Air Force Chief of Staff Civic Leader Program’s annual winter conference by discussing the hard…

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Panetta calls for Europe, NATO defense investment

Posted  February 7, 2012

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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Al-Shabab, al Qaeda: Linkup of groups in decline?

Posted  February 20, 2012

Al Qaeda’s decision to formally extend its terror franchise to what once was a nationalist movement in Somalia may only be a desperate joining of hands to prop up two militant groups that are both losing popular support and facing increasingly deadly military attacks, analysts said Feb. 10. Somalia’s main militant group, al-Shabab, and al…

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NASA events, Future Forum mark 5 years of Americans in orbit

Posted  February 20, 2012

Feb. 20 marks the 50th anniversary of the day in 1962 when U.S. Sen. John Glenn piloted his Friendship 7 spacecraft on the first U.S. orbital. In the next two weeks, NASA Television will broadcast a series of live events and special programming to commemorate 50 years of Americans in orbit, including the premiere of…

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British test pilot marks milestone in the Joint Combat Aircraft

Posted  February 24, 2012

People on this side of the Atlantic Ocean tend to look twice when they see the “c” replacing the “s” in the British version of the word “defense.” Now, those on the other side of the Atlantic might look twice when they see the “c” entered into the Royal Air Force’s flight log. On Feb….

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Mob Museum a “hit”!

Posted  February 29, 2012

Unless you’ve been in a coma or visiting Mars over the past few weeks, haven’t read a newspaper or turned on a TV or radio, you know the Mob Museum – officially, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement – is now open for business. Rather poetically, it opened Valentines Day, Feb. 14th,…

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