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US, Iraq Officials Sign 5-Year Security Cooperation Agreement

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and acting Iraqi Defense Minister Saadoun al-Dlimi signed an agreement Thursday on security and defense cooperation for the next five years, American Forces Press Service reports. Jim Garamone writes officials from the two countries met in Baghdad Thursday to discuss efforts aimed at helping stand …

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Profile: Katie Lewin, GSA Cloud Program Manager

Katie Lewin serves as program manager for cloud computing at the General Services Administration, where she is responsible for identifying, developing and delivering methods for agencies to use cloud computing. GSA’s cloud program includes Apps.gov, cloud-based email, security-as-a-service and data center consolidation. Prior to this position, she served as chief …

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Col. Andrew Toth: AF Pilots Giving F-35 Positive Feedback

U.S. Air Force pilots and maintainers stationed at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida are giving good feedback on the stability and performance of the Lockheed Martin-made F-35 fighter jet, Flightglobal reports. Col. Andrew Toth, commander of the 33rd Fighter Wing, told the website pilots are reporting few issues with …

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Navy Rear Adm. Randall Hendrickson Named MDA Aegis BMD Program Exec

Navy Rear Adm. Randall Hendrickson has been appointed program executive for the Missile Defense Agency‘s Aegis ballistic missile defense program, the Defense Department announced Tuesday. The Aegis MBD program combines the Lockheed Martin-made Aegis Weapon System with the Raytheon-made Standard Missile-3. Prior to this appointment, Hendrickson served as MDA’s deputy …

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Report: Frank Kendall Memo Seeks Industry Help in Shaping Post-F35 Era

Defense Acquisition Undersecretary Frank Kendall sent a memo to industry seeking ideas on how to prepare for the next era of military aviation after the retirement of both the F-35 and F-22 fighters, Bloomberg reports. According to Tony Capaccio’s report, Kendall said the concept definition initiative, a Defense Advanced Research …

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Report: Navy Acquisition Lead Sean Stackley to Head F-35 Procurement

Sean Stackley, the Navy‘s acquisition chief, will succeed Air Force Secretary Michael Donley as the government’s senior acquisition executive on the F-35 program, Reuters reports. Andrea Shalal-Esa reports this move will happen when Air Force Maj. Gen. Christopher Bogdan, currently deputy F-35 program manager, succeeds Navy Vice Adm. David Venlet …

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Report: Ashton Carter Memo Says Not to Assume Sequestration Will Happen

Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has told military departments and acquisition personnel to operate under current policy without assuming sequestration cuts will occur, according to an internal memo obtained by Bloomberg. According to Tony Capaccio’s report, Carter wrote the Pentagon leadership team does not want personnel, programs and activities to …

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Rear Adm. Randolph Mahr Named F-35 Program Deputy Director

Navy Rear Adm. Randolph Mahr has been appointed deputy director of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, within the office of the defense under secretary for acquisitions, technology and logistics. A Monday Defense Department release said he currently serves as commander of the Naval Air Warfare Center‘s aircraft division and …

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