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News Briefs – April 6, 2016

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USS Paul Hamilton leaves Hawaii after 20 years Hawaii is losing the USS Paul Hamilton after having the Navy’s guided-missile destroyer stationed in Pearl Harbor for more than 20 years. The ship left April 5 and will swap home ports with USS William P. Lawrence in San Diego, which is currently deployed and expected to…

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Global military spending nearly $1.7 trillion amid Mideast conflicts

Posted April 6, 2016 by Jon Gambrell

Global military spending rose in 2015 to nearly $1.7 trillion, the first increase in several years, driven by conflicts including the battle against the Islamic State group, the Saudi-led war in Yemen and fears about Iran, a report released April 5 shows. The study by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute also noted that the…

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Headlines – April 4, 2016

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News U.S. Special Operations units are using faulty rifle sights – U.S. Special Operations forces are using rifle sights that are supposed to help shooters accurately hit their targets but instead have a defect, acknowledged by the manufacturer, that potentially endangers the lives of service members in combat, according to court records and military officials….

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News Briefs – April 4, 2016

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Russia accuses Turkey of arming extremists in Syria Russia is accusing three Turkish foundations of supplying weapons and military equipment to Islamic State extremists in Syria and says $1.9 million worth of explosives and industrial chemicals were smuggled across Turkey’s border to extremist groups. Russia’s U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said in a letter to the…

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Headlines – April 1, 2016

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News A key Iraqi offensive sputters, and the Pentagon pushes hard for more U.S. troops – The Pentagon is finalizing plans to deploy more American ground forces to support the Iraqi army’s offensive to seal off and retake the Islamic State stronghold in Mosul, top defense officials said.     Business U.S. Army takes next…

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News Briefs – April 1, 2016

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SUV fleeing police crashes into jet at California naval base A wrong-way driver leading authorities on a high-speed chase crashed through a gate and into a fighter jet at a central California naval base, killing himself and a passenger, authorities said March 31. The Navy base does not appear to be an intended target, and…

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Headlines – March 30, 2016

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News F-16 crashes near Bagram Airfield, pilot safe – A U.S. F-16 crashed during an evening takeoff near Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan.   U.S. to beef up military presence in Eastern Europe – U.S. officials say the Pentagon will be deploying an armored brigade combat team to Eastern Europe next February as part of the ongoing…

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News Briefs – March 30, 2016

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F-16 crashes in Afghanistan; pilot safely ejects An F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing crashed during takeoff March 29 at about 8:30 p.m. local time near Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. The pilot safely ejected, was recovered by coalition forces, and is being evaluated by medical personnel at the Craig Joint Theater Hospital…

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Boeing reportedly taking steps to eliminate 10 percent of its workforce in Washington state

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Boeing is reportedly taking steps to eliminate 10 percent of its workforce in Washington state. The Seattle Times reports the aerospace giant has already taken steps to eliminate 4,000 jobs by June and is aiming for about a 10 percent overall cut — which would mean about 8,000 positions in Washington. In February the company…

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Headlines – March 28, 2016

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News CIA-armed militias are shooting at Pentagon-armed ones in Syria – Syrian militias armed by different parts of the U.S. war machine have begun to fight each other on the plains between the besieged city of Aleppo and the Turkish border, highlighting how little control U.S. intelligence officers and military planners have over the groups…

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