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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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Air Force to Launch New Civilian Hiring Tool

The Air Force plans to implement a new civilian employee hiring tool in April, Federal News Radio reports. The Air Force’s human resources staff use the USA Staffing Onboarding Manager system, which the branch hopes will help fill vacancies within 80 days. The branch will begin to roll out the …

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DoD to Request Funding for Israel Iron Dome Rockets

The Defense Department will ask Congress for funding to purchase Iron Dome rockets and short-range missile intercepting batteries for the Israeli military, Defense Systems reports. The request may amount to more than $500 million for an additional 10 batteries, according to Defense Systems. Israel’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee released …

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Navy Official: Keeping Sailors Harder Than Recruiting

The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps are not having difficulty attracting new recruits and qualified personnel, according to a Navy official. Juan Garcia, the Navy’s assistant secretary for manpower and reserve affairs, told Federal News Radio that the opposite is true. Instead, he said it is tougher to stay in …

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Proposed Fiscal 2013 Budget Allocates $9.6B for Space Programs

President Obama’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2013 allocates $9.6 billion for space programs, American Forces Press Service reported. Air Force Gen. William L. Shelton, commander of the Air Force Space Command, told a House Armed Services subcommittee on Friday that 2013 funds will target programs for missile warning, navigation, …

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Report: Air Force Soon to Test Lockheed F-35

Lockheed Martin‘s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter fleet could be taking test flights in the coming weeks, according to DodBuzz. Gen. Edward Rice, commander of Air Education and Training Command, said during a press conference that the Air Force has been awaiting military flight clearance for the fleet. Rice said that after clearance …

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