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DoD to Save $60M by Dropping Recreational Sites

Alpental Golf Course

Stars and Stripes | May 28, 2014

A military golf course, hotel and skeet range are among the 21 facilities that will be given up across Europe in connection with a Pentagon review aimed at shedding excess infrastructure on the Continent, the Pentagon announced Friday. Every major installation in Europe, however, survived the cuts. The Defense Department emphasized that none of... more

Ecuador Expelling US Military Group at Embassy

Associated Press | Apr 25, 2014

QUITO, Ecuador — Ecuador's government has ordered everyone in the U.S. Embassy's military group, about 20 Defense Department employees, to leave the country by month's end, The Associated Press has learned. The group was ordered to halt operations in Ecuador in a letter dated April 7, embassy spokesman Jeffrey Weinshenker said Thursday. The AP... more

Pentagon to Review All Military Medals

The Pentagon has the Distinguished Warfare Medal for drone pilots and cyber warfare specialists that will rank higher in the order of precedence for military decorations than the Bronze Star with Combat "V."

Stars and Stripes | Jan 28, 2014

WASHINGTON -- With the politically dicey issue of how to recognize service by drone pilots and cyber warriors still awaiting an answer, the Pentagon announced Tuesday a broad-ranging review to settle not only that question, but examine the full range of medals and awards. Officials said the review, ordered by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel... more

Pentagon Ending Buys of Russian-Made Helicopters

Associated Press | Nov 14, 2013

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department said Wednesday it is canceling plans to buy additional cargo helicopters from the Russian arms export agency that has supplied Syrian President Bashar Assad's military forces with arms and ammunition. The additional 15 Russian-built Mi-17 helicopters were to be purchased next year at a cost of $345 million an... more

Navy Satellite Launch to Boost DoD Communications

Navy Mobile User Objective System 2 satellite 600x400

Navy News | Jul 21, 2013

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. -- The Navy's second Mobile User Objective System satellite was launched July 19 at 9:00 a.m. EDT from Space Launch Complex 41. The successful launch represents a key step in providing enhanced satellite communications for the Navy and Department of Defense (DoD).   MUOS is a next-generation narrowband ta... more

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