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National Defense News Impacting Wisconsin 12/21/2012
02 Jan 2013

National Defense News Impacting Wisconsin 12/21/2012

Top 50 Defense Contracts Of 2012

Aircraft makers dominated the top 50 contracts coming out of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base so far in 2012. Those 50 contracts totaled a combined nearly $24 billion in business for the companies landing them.


U.S. Military To Keep Strong Role In Mideast

During his visit to Kuwait, Defense Secretary Panetta announced that the U.S. military will retain a “strong presence” in the Middle East despite a strategic shift to Asia. The United States plans to deploy a majority of its naval fleet to the Asia-Pacific along with other advanced weaponry, but Panetta insisted that a robust American force would remain in place in the Middle East.


Army Developing Next-Generation Surveillance Aircraft

Army scientists, engineers and program developers are making substantial progress building and integrating a technically sophisticated battlefield surveillance aircraft called Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System (EMARSS).


U.S. Military To Boost Philippines Presence

U.S. and Philippine officials are expected to agree on an increase in the number of U.S. military ships, aircraft and troops rotating through the Philippines as tensions simmer with China over its maritime claims.


‘Affordability’ Will Dictate Army’s Armed Aerial Scout Decision

Despite media reports to the contrary, Army officials have yet to decide whether to proceed with a new-armed aerial scout competition or continue patching up the aging fleet of Kiowa Warriors.


Israel Prepares To Unveil Iron Drone Technology To U.S.

Israel is ready to hand the United States design and technology details of its Iron Dome anti-missile system, touted by Washington and Jerusalem as playing a vital role in defending the country’s borders from repeated missile attacks.


400 U.S. Personnel To Be Deployed To Turkey

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has signed an order that will deploy 400 U.S. personnel to Turkey to support the deployment that NATO agreed to recently of Patriot missile capability there. The personnel will operate two U.S. Patriot missile batteries once they are in place.


House Approves Final Version Of Defense Bill For 2013

The U.S. House of Representatives approved the final version of the annual defense policy bill, authorizing $633.3 billion in defense spending for 2013, easing limits on satellite exports and providing more Marines for embassy security. Senate must still approve the measure before it can go to President Obama to be signed into law.


What Was Left Out Of The Defense Bill?

The conference report for the annual defense authorization bill totals more than 1,600 pages, but it still doesn’t include everything that defense advocates were hoping for.


Senator Proposes Using National Guard Troops For School Security

Sen. Barbara Boxer has proposed allowing National Guard troops to provide extra security at schools across the country, as a response to the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn. “Is it not part of the national defense to make sure our children are safe?”


U.S. & European-Backed Force To Help Rebuild Mali’s Military

The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously to establish a U.S.- and European-backed African force to rebuild Mali’s troubled military. The resolution does not specify what role the United States would play in the military campaign but it provides wide legal scope for foreign governments to “take all necessary measures”.

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