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10 May 11. The fate of two Scottish military airbases is expected to be sealed today as Ministry of Defence officials recommend to ministers that RAF Leuchars is handed over to the army and RAF Lossiemouth is saved. The Scotsman has learned that a top-level meeting of service chiefs, senior civil servants and ministers chaired by Defence Secretary Liam Fox will consider a report on the future of the UK’s bases. The talks come in the wake of the historic SNP victory in last week’s Holyrood election, which has fuelled demands from the Nationalists for both bases to be saved. However, Whitehall sources have insisted that the Holyrood election “changes nothing” and that the government will “not base any decisions on the election result”. The Scotsman revealed in December that the armed forces favoured saving Lossiemouth at the expense of Leuchars. The report, drawn up by civil servants, has agreed with the recommendations made by the RAF and the army that Lossiemouth should remain as an RAF base but Leuchars should become the new home for troops returning from Germany. It also confirms that the third contender for closure, RAF Marham in Norfolk, from which attacks on Colonel Muammar al-Gaddafi’s forces in Libya have been launched, will remain an airbase. Before the election, then armed forces minister Nick Harvey had made it clear that the decision on closure would be between the two Scottish bases and not the one in Norfolk. (Source: Scotsman)

04 May 11. Air Force Announces Criteria for Basing of Security Forces Training Center. The Air Force announced today criteria for basing of a consolidated security forces regional training center. The basing criteria were approved by the secretary and chief of staff of the Air Force and considered factors such as mission requirements, training requirements, facilities and infrastructure, support capacity, environmental impact and cost. These criteria will be applied to all Air Force and select Army installations in the continental United States. The Air Force is making plans to consolidate its regional training locations in the United States. Currently the Air Force conducts security forces training at six U.S. bases: Creech Air Force Base, Nev.; Fort Bliss, Texas; Fort Wolters, Texas; Camp Guernsey, Wyo.; Fort Dix, N.J.; and Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.

04 May 11. Developing the next generation of manufacturing technologies that will replace traditional approaches that cut and machine parts down with new methods that build parts up, GE Global Research, GE’s central technology development arm, has established a new lab in the field of additive manufacturing. Additive manufacturing is the practice of building up material to directly form a net-shape product rather than forming a product by traditional methods such as forging, casting or machining material away. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)

03 May 11. Bucharest said May 3 that U.S. missile interceptors would be deployed in southern Romania, a key link in Europe for a defense shield, prompting Moscow to ask for “safeguards” from Washington. Washington and Bucharest said May 3 that U.S. missile interceptors will be deployed at a former Soviet-built airbase in southern Romania, the first such move in Europe for a future defense shield. (Source: Defense News)

09 May 11. The US Eglin Air Force Base complex has been selected as a candidate for an Air Force Reserve Command MQ-1 Remote Split-Operations (RSO) squadron. The Eglin base will accept a single MQ-1 RSO squadron consisting of 140 personnel and associated equipment. Detailed on-the-ground evaluations of the candidate complex, covering a range of
operational and facil

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