Out of Iraq by Year’s End

The remaining 40,000 US troops serving in Iraq will be “home for the holidays,” announced President Obama. “As promised, the rest of our troops in Iraq will come home by the end of the year. After nearly nine years, America’s...

NATO Eyes October End to Libya Mission

NATO would like to conclude its mission in Libya at the end of the month, announced NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen Sunday. “We have taken a preliminary decision to end Operation Unified Protector on Oct. 31, and we will...

Trainee Dies at BMT

: A 26-year-old basic trainee died at JB San Antonio, Tex., after completing his physical training assessment, which includes push-ups, sit-ups, and a 1.5-mile run. Steven D. Williams, of Detroit, Mich., collapsed early on the morning of Oct. 19, according...

Defining a Hollow Force

Just about every senior military leader in recent months has warned about hollowing out the force through draconian budget cuts. But what exactly does that mean? Well, the term actually has three meanings, said Air Force Secretary Michael Donley, speaking...

Strategic Choices

As the Defense Department looks to balance the push for more efficiencies against the need for modernization and to redefine its force structure with rising personnel costs, senior leaders are keeping their eye on the overall strategy despite some reports...

Fiscal 2011 was Strong Recruiting Year

Just as they did in Fiscal 2010, the Air Force active duty force met is Fiscal 2011 recruiting goals, while USAF’s two reserve components exceeded theirs, according to the Defense Department’s year-end statistics. The active duty component brought in 28,518...

Missing World War II Airmen Identified

The Defense Department announced that it has identified the remains of 10 airmen missing in action from World War II. DOD officials are returning the airmen’s remains to their families for burial with full military honors. The airmen were the...

Duluth Wing Dedicates F-16 Display

Members of the Minnesota Air National Guard’s 148th Fighter Wing gathered with local business and civic leaders to dedicate the wing’s new F-16 static display at the entrance of the wing’s headquarters at Duluth airport. “None of this could exist...

The People’s Paveway

The Patent and Trademark Office refused Raytheon's application to register "Paveway" as a trademark for the company's family of laser guided bombs. Instead, PTO upheld Lockheed Martin's complaint, filed in 2005, that "paveway" is a generic term for a type of laser guided bomb. "Based on Raytheon's original work inventing the laser guided munition and more than three decades of continuous use of the Paveway trademark, we believe Paveway is and should be recognized as a trademark of Raytheon Company," Mike Nachshen, Raytheon spokesman, told the Daily Report Oct. 21. "We are currently evaluating our legal and business options." Lockheed officials greeted the ruling. "It fully recognizes Lockheed Martin as one of two US government-qualified sources for paveway II precision guided systems," said Joe Serra, the company's precision guided systems senior manager in a release. Nachshen noted that "Paveway" is recognized as a Raytheon trademark in the European Union and is registered in nations including New Zealand, Switzerland, and Turkey. Lockheed counters that, beyond the United States, "paveway" already is accepted as a generic term in Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Oman, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, and Thailand. (PTO ruling; caution large-sized file.)