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Army Reserve Chief Jeffrey Talley Not Worried Over Sequestration

Army Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Talley, chief of the Army Reserve, told the Defense Writer’s Group Wednesday he is not worried that sequestration will occur, American Forces Press Service reports. He said he is not worried because both Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Army Secretary John McHugh told the departments to …

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Carl Levin Hopes to Have Defense Bill Amendments Before Thanksgiving

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) made a motion to proceed on the defense authorization bill Wednesday by asking the chamber for consent to bring the bill forward, National Journal reports. Sarah Sorcher writes the bill provides the Pentagon a $614.3 billion budget, with $525.8 billion going to general operations …

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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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Ray Odierno: Army Aiming For Regionalized Structure

As the Army withdraws forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, the branch’s chief of staff says the next goal is having uniformed soldiers return to traditional jobs they performed previously, Federal News Radio reports. Gen. Ray Odierno told an audience at the Center for Strategic and International Studies Thursday that the …

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Frank Kendall Predicts Sequestration Delay

The Defense Department has begun the early stages of planning for sequestration but the Pentagon’s top acquisition official believes Congress will reach a deal to delay the cuts before January, Reuters reports. Frank Kendall, undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics, told Reuters he is optimistic lawmakers can not only delay …

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Panetta Backs Hampton Roads to Continue Key Role in US Defense

The Hampton Roads region will continue to play an integral role in the U.S. defense strategy even as the Defense Department will see budget cutbacks over the next decade, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Friday. The Virginian-Pilot reports Panetta made the remarks before regional business and military leaders at the …

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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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