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AF Gen. Norton Schwartz Addresses Public-Private Partnerships

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz recently told attendees of the annual National Security Forum that the economic environment calls for a continued focus on public-private partnerships. Christopher Kratzer, who covered the event for the Air Force’s news service, writes that the forum aggregates executives, government and thought …

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Gen. Mark Welsh Nominated AF Chief Of Staff

Gen. Mark Welsh has been nominated to serve as the Air Force‘s next chief of staff, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced in a release Thursday. If confirmed, Welsh would succeed Gen. Norton Schwartz, who began serving as chief of staff in August 2008 and will complete his four-year term this …

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Report: House Wants Air Force Bombers To Go Nuclear Earlier

While the Air Force had been planning on phasing in nuclear capabilities, a drafted bill from the House of Armed Services Committee would require the Defense Department to include those components much earlier, NextGov reports. The House subcommittee on seapower and projection forces proposed language for the fiscal 2013 defense …

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Analysts Suggest US Develop More Directed Energy Weapons

Analysts suggest the U.S. should focus on developing directed energy weapons to counter future assaults on U.S. military’s freedom of movement, Defense News reports. The Washington-based Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments issued a report Thursday suggesting the U.S. would benefit from using alternately-powered weapons to respond to precision-guided cruise …

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Marilyn Freeman Tells Lawmakers Defense Research Should Not Bear Sequestration

Defense Department science and technology officials told lawmakers Tuesday that cuts resulting from sequestration could negatively impact the Pentagon’s research components, FierceGovernment IT reports. Marilyn Freeman, the Army’s deputy assistant secretary for research and technology, told the Senate Armed Services subcommittee on emerging threats and capabilities that she is concerned …

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Lawmakers Question Air Force Aircraft, Air National Guard Cuts

Lawmakers are set to review the 2013 defense authorization bill later this month, including the Air Force’s budgetary and staffing plans, Defense News reports. The branch proposed to cut 3,900 active duty, 5,100 Air National Guard members and 900 reserve airmen. During a House Armed Services Committee hearing Tuesday, lawmakers questioned …

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Report: Pentagon to Invest $770B in Aircraft Through 2022

The Defense Department plans to spend $770 billion on its aircraft acquisition, maintenance and operation programs between fiscal years 2013 and 2022, Aviation Week reports. The Pentagon sent its 30-year aviation plan to Congress earlier this month and reported that yearly aircraft spending for all military branches will peak at …

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