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Headlines – February 24, 2017

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News More U.S. troops may be needed against ISIS in Syria, a top general says – More American troops may be needed in Syria to speed the campaign against the Islamic State, the top United States commander for the Middle East said Feb. 22.     Business How one South African defense company will tackle…

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News Briefs – February 24, 2017

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Planes, tanks, ships: Russian military gets massive upgrade The Russian military received a sweeping array of new weapons last year, including 41 intercontinental ballistic missiles, and the wide-ranging military modernization will continue this year, the defense minister said Feb. 22. Minister Sergei Shoigu told lawmakers the air force will receive 170 new aircraft, the army…

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Headlines – February 22, 2017

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News Trump Chooses H.R. McMaster as National Security Adviser – President Trump picked Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, a widely respected military strategist, as his new national security adviser on Monday, calling him “a man of tremendous talent and tremendous experience.”   Defense Secretary Jim Mattis: U.S. will stay in Iraq a while – U.S. Defense…

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News Briefs – February 22, 2017

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NATO commander assures of continuous presence in Kosovo A senior NATO commander has assured Kosovo that the military alliance will maintain troops there “for as long as it’s necessary.” NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe, Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, met with local senior officials and also western ambassadors during a visit to Kosovo Feb. 21. Some 4,500…

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SpaceX launches rocket from NASA’s historic moon pad

Posted February 22, 2017 by Marcia Dunn

A SpaceX rocket soared from NASA's long-idled moonshot pad Feb. 19, sending up space station supplies from the exact spot where astronauts embarked on the lunar landings nearly a half-century ago.

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Headlines – February 17, 2017

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News The Pentagon could send conventional military forces into Syria – The Pentagon is developing proposals for sending an unspecified number of American military personnel into Syria, conventional ground forces who would augment the 500 combat advisers already there coordinating efforts to destroy the Islamic State.     Business Austria sues Airbus, Eurofighter consortium over…

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News Briefs – February 17, 2017

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NATO chief concerned if Russia missile reports prove true NATO’s chief says the military alliance would be concerned if reports that Russia has violated a Cold War-era treaty by deploying a cruise missile prove true. U.S. intelligence agencies have assessed that the missile became operational late last year, possibly violating the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces…

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Headlines – February 15, 2017

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News NATO chief urges allies to ‘keep up momentum’ on defense spending – NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has urged member-states to step up defense spending, speaking on the eve of U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis’s first meeting with his 27 counterparts in Brussels.     Business Upgraded Night Hunter helicopter to undergo testing in 2017…

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News Briefs – February 15, 2017

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Report cites increased Chinese, Russian military activity An annual report on military power throughout the world cites Chinese and Russian activity as rising threats to Western powers. The International Institute for Strategic Studies report, released Tuesday, said analysts have noted “real and important” increases in Chinese military activity in the air, at sea, and in…

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Headlines – February 13, 2017

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News Turmoil at the National Security Council, from top down – These are chaotic and anxious days inside the National Security Council, the traditional center of management for a president’s dealings with an uncertain world.   Before there’s another surge in Afghanistan, Mattis and his general need to meet – Any plans to send additional…

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