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A key House subcommittee chairman continued railing Tuesday against the Obama administration’s proposed 2013 defense budget, this time arguing that the voluntary and involuntary separation of thousands of active-duty troops is unfair because the military is being singled out for reductions. – Military Times

The U.S. Air Force’s top uniformed officer played down changes to the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter’s requirements that allow the multibillion-dollar jet to meet flight test goals. – Defense News

U.S. Air Force Secretary Michael Donley told lawmakers March 6 that the service is not sure what it will do with the money it saves by cutting the RQ-4 Global Hawk Block 30 aircraft and moving 18 of the $215 million unmanned aircraft into storage. – Defense News

The congressional fight over the fate of Northrop Grumman’s 18 Global Hawk Block 30s is on, led so far by Rep. Norm Dicks on the House Appropriations defense subcommittee. – AOL Defense

Given the future operating environment and reduced defense spending, the U.S. Army and Marine Corps would be better off investing in science and technology research rather than launching new vehicle development programs, according to a new think tank report. – Defense News

The last hurrah for the Navy’s oldest aircraft carrier begins Sunday as Enterprise pulls away from Naval Station Norfolk, Va., to begin its 22nd and final overseas deployment, Fleet Forces Command announced Tuesday. – Military Times

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