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NATO’s new command is designed for rapid movement of troops, vehicles

NATO’s new command is designed for rapid movement of troops, vehicles

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Sept. 20 (UPI) -- NATO announced that its new command, designed to quickly move tanks and personnel around Europe, is operational. The Joint Support and Enabling Command, located in Ulm, Germany, is a headquarters focused on ensuring that troops and equipment can rapidly move across borders in the event of a crisis. The NATO capability of troop movement across European borders has long been a problem. NATO and the European Union have discussed modernizing diplomatic clearances for troop movements and studied whether infrastructure, including roads and bridges, can withstand troop and tank movement. About 160 personnel will staff the command in Ulm, with as many as 600 available if required. The headquarters was formally declared operational on Thursday NATO has worked to reinforce its ea...
Air Mobility Command grounds 123 U.S. Air Force C-130s due to ‘atypical cracks’

Air Mobility Command grounds 123 U.S. Air Force C-130s due to ‘atypical cracks’

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Aug. 8 (UPI) -- The U.S. Air Force said Thursday that Gen. Maryanne Miller has grounded 123 of 450 Total Force C-130 Hercules aircraft from service after discovering cracks on the wing. During maintenance, "atypical cracks" were found on the lower center wing joint or "rainbow fitting," accoding to an Air Mobility Command statement from Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta, Ga. Miller gave an order to halt the aircraft from service on Wednesday after discovering the cracks. Inspections will take eight hours, and if cracking is identified, rainbow fitting replacement will be required. Otherwise, the aircraft will be returned to service immediately. As of Thursday morning, eight C-130s had been inspected and returned to service, AMC spokeswoman Alexandra Soika told Stars and Stripes. "The ...
Navy removes ‘space’ from Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command

Navy removes ‘space’ from Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command

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June 4 (UPI) -- The U.S. Navy has removed "space" from the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command and added "information" in a rebranding effort that emphasizes information warfare. The agency's new name is the Naval Information Warfare Systems Command. Adm. John Richardson, the Chief of Naval Operations, announced the immediate name change Monday at the Information Warfare Senior Leadership Symposium in Washington, D.C. "We have been on a steady drumbeat since the issuance of the Design for Maintaining Maritime Superiority to further normalize information warfare into the way we do operations and warfighting in the Navy," Richardson said in a news release. "Today, we will take an important step in that direction as we rename the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command to the Naval Info...
Ford-class carrier USS John F. Kennedy gets its command center

Ford-class carrier USS John F. Kennedy gets its command center

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May 29 (UPI) -- The command center of the under-construction aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy was installed on Wednesday, a milestone in its completion. The 588-ton "island house," 56 feet long and 33 feet wide, was installed by crane atop the nuclear-powered vessel at Huntington Ingalls Industries' Newport News, Va., construction facility. It will serve as the flight deck's command center, housing the navigation bridge and primary flight control, radar and other systems. Lowering the structure onto the carrier is equivalent to installing the mast on a ship or "topping out" a skyscraper, the Naval Sea Systems Command said in a statement on Wednesday. "With the island landing, John F. Kennedy takes on that distinctive and unmistakable profile of an aircraft carrier," said Rear Adm. Br...
New nuclear command center meets requirements for operational capability

New nuclear command center meets requirements for operational capability

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April 5 (UPI) -- The U.S. Strategic Command has declared the new nuclear command center in Nebraska has reached initial operational capability. The center's readiness was determined Wednesday, according to an Air Force news release. The Nuclear Command, Control and Communications Enterprise Center, known as NC3, is located at Offutt Air Force Base. NC3 is involved in restructuring situation monitoring, decision-making, force direction, force management and planning. Offutt became the host base for the U.S. Strategic Command, known as USSTRATCOM, which was established in 1992 from the Strategic Air Command and the Joint Strategic Target Planning Staff. It comprises the Army, Marines, Navy and Air Force branches. USSTRATCOM has taken over the modernization of NC3 from the Air Force Global...