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News Briefs – November 10, 2017

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Morocco launches first spy satellite, gets strategic boost MARRAKECH, Morocco–Morocco has launched its first observation satellite, to be used for military activities, surveillance of its borders and coastline and monitoring desertification in the region. The Mohammed VI-A satellite was launched Nov. 8 from Kourou, French Guiana, in the presence of prominent Moroccan figures. It will…

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News Briefs – December 20, 2017

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UK’s newest, most expensive aircraft carrier needs repair The British navy’s newest and most expensive aircraft carrier needs repairs after a faulty shaft seal was identified during sea trials. Officials say the HMS Queen Elizabeth, which cost roughly 3 billion pounds ($4 billion) to build, will be “scheduled for repair” at Portsmouth. Defense Secretary Gavin…

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Fitness devices can provide locations of soldiers

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An interactive map found online can show the locations and activities of people who use fitness devices such as Fitbit, raising security concerns about soldiers and other people who are at U.S. military bases in sensitive areas. The Global Heat Map, published by the GPS tracking company Strava, uses satellite information to map the locations…

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News Briefs – March 7, 2018

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Russian cargo plane crashes in Syria, 32 dead A military cargo plane crashed as it was descending to land at a Russian air base in Syria March 6, killing all 32 people onboard, the Russian Defense Ministry said. The Russian military said an An-26, with 26 passengers and six crew members onboard, crashed just 500…

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Headlines – April 6, 2018

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News Trump wants troops out of Syria, but his generals may resist – The White House is pushing for a “rapid end” to the mission in Syria, but the Pentagon’s leadership may be a big hurdle to a full withdrawal of American troops, experts on the region say.   New details on Trump’s troop deployments…

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News Briefs – May 16, 2018

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Pearl Harbor sailor remains returned to Missouri, buried The remains of a U.S. Navy sailor killed during the attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii have been returned to Missouri to be buried with full military honors. Clifford George Goodwin had been resting in a common grave at the National Cemetery of the Pacific in Hawaii…

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Headlines – June 18, 2018

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News Russia warns of consequences following Norway’s call for more Marines – Russia issued threats following Norway’s decision to invite several hundred more Marines to the Arctic country for training.   Report: South Korea military exercises ‘suspended indefinitely’ – Major U.S. military exercises with South Korea have been ‘suspended indefinitely,’ Agence France Presse reported June…

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News Briefs – July 25, 2018

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Russia’s Lavrov meets Germany’s Merkel for talks on Syria The German government says Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and the head of the Russian military have met Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin for talks on Syria and Ukraine. The government said the July 24 meeting between Lavrov, German counterpart Heiko Maas, Merkel and the chief…

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Headlines – August 22, 2018

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News VA may have mishandled thousands of sexual assault cases – Veterans Affairs officials may have improperly denied benefits to thousands of military sexual assault victims in recent years due to paperwork and procedural mistakes, according to a department inspector general report released Aug. 21.   Russia to deliver S-400 missiles to Turkey in 2019…

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Headlines – September 28, 2018

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News Mattis defends remarks on women in infantry – A day after Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told VMI cadets that the “jury’s still out” on women serving in combat infantry units, he defended the remarks, saying they had been misconstrued by the media.   U.S. to remove several missile defense systems from the Middle East…

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