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About the header imageA UH-60 Black Hawk from Task Force 34, 1st Battalion 244th Assault Helicopter Battalion flies over a mosque during a routine flight on Feb. 27. From US Army on Flickr.
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Author Archives: Courtney Messerschmidt
The total price tag for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program fell $4.5 billion in 2012, according to a new government report. – Defense News Just nine months after hosting the biggest multinational mine-warfare exercises “ever” to be held in … Continue reading
Legislation approved Wednesday by a US House subcommittee fully supports the administration’s plan to budget special operations forces for more than $12 billion in 2014. – Defense News House Armed Services lawmakers are capping spending for the Pentagon’s new clandestine … Continue reading
House Democrats on Tuesday introduced a revised bill that would replace the automatic sequestration cuts that took effect in March and avoid further cuts in 2014. – The Hill’s On the Money In its first swipe at the 2013 defense … Continue reading
The U.S. Army’s 101st Combat Aviation Brigade started a new training program at Bagram Air Field for Afghan helicopter pilots to learn how to perform air assault missions. – Associated Press U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry flies to Oman … Continue reading
44 has tapped Joint Staff Director Lt. Gen. Curtis “Mike” Scaparrotti to become the next top U.S. officer in Korea. – DEFCON Hill The administration on Friday condemned Russia’s delivery of advanced antiship missiles to Syria and its buildup of … Continue reading
The Pentagon will ask Congress to approve about $79.5 billion for combat operations, the least since 2005, as U.S. troops withdraw from Afghanistan, according to administration officials. – Bloomberg 44 on Thursday ruled out unilateral U.S. military action in Syria … Continue reading
The U.S. military is exploring the idea of using the Pacific island of Pagan to practice dropping bombs and other training maneuvers. – Associated Press Hopefully we will never again have to send American ground forces to assist a friendly … Continue reading
The Defense Department plans to furlough at least 600,000 civilian employees for up to 11 days by the end of September as the result of sequester-related budget cuts. – Military Times Tracking the winners and losers of this year’s House … Continue reading
US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel praised the “cooperative defense network” being constructed by the Pentagon across the Middle East as a way to keep Iran’s nuclear ambitions in check. – Defense News Pentagon contracts tumbled 52 percent in April from … Continue reading