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News Briefs – March 27, 2017

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Iran imposes sanctions on 15 U.S. firms Iran said March 26 it has imposed sanctions on 15 American companies over their alleged support for Israel, terrorism and repression in the region. A Foreign Ministry statement carried by the state-run IRNA news agency said the companies are barred from any agreements with Iranian firms and that…

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News Briefs – April 27, 2017

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Thai gov’t approves purchase of $393 million submarine from China Thailand’s government has approved the purchase of its first submarine in more than half a century, the country’s top defense official said April 25, calling the $393 million deal with China necessary and a bargain. Defense Minister Prawit Wongsuwan said the navy’s purchase of a…

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Mississippi National Guardsman dies in California training

Posted May 31, 2017 by AP

FORT IRWIN, Calif.–One Mississippi National Guard soldier has been killed and three others have been injured during a training exercise in California. The Guard said in a news release May 30 that investigators are trying to determine what caused the death and injuries May 29 night at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin. The…

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Headlines – July 3, 2017

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News Pentagon sails destroyer near disputed island in South China Sea, officials say – For the second time since President Trump took office, the Pentagon dispatched a U.S. Navy warship to sail near a disputed island claimed by China in the South China Sea, two U.S. defense officials told Fox News.     Business ULA…

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Headlines – August 9, 2017

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News North Korea now making missile-ready nuclear weapons, U.S. analysts say – North Korea has successfully produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead that can fit inside its missiles, crossing a key threshold on the path to becoming a full-fledged nuclear power, U.S. intelligence officials have concluded in a confidential assessment.   U.S. sending up to 100…

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News Briefs – September 6, 2017

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Boeing boosted by ruling throwing out European Union claim of state aid Boeing notched a key victory in a years-long legal case against its European rival, Airbus, after an international body rejected the European Union’s claims that Washington state was giving Boeing illegal tax incentives. Chicago-based Boeing trumpeted a “resounding defeat” for the EU in…

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Headlines – October 6, 2017

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News Three Green Berets killed in Niger, 2 others injured in attack – A joint American and Nigerien patrol came under hostile fire in southwest Niger, officials at U.S. Africa Command confirmed Oct. 4.     Business Airbus defense unit freezes capex, may miss cash goals: memo – Airbus Defence and Space has frozen capital…

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News Briefs – November 13, 2017

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Southern California plant flourishing under bomber program PALMDALE, Calif.–Call it the bomber boom. A Northrop Grumman contract to build top-secret B-21 stealth bombers has brought more than a thousand new employees to the Mojave Desert northeast of Los Angeles. The U.S. Air Force contract for 100 of the bat-winged aircraft is estimated to run about…

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Headlines – December 22, 2017

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News U.S. troops to remain in Iraq and Syria for the foreseeable future – Despite the liberation of Mosul and Raqqa and the pending defeat of ISIS in Iraq and Syria, there are no near-term plans for U.S. troops to begin drawing down forces in the region.     Business Lockheed late delivering its F-35s…

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Headlines – January 31, 2018

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News Trump, in State of the Union, seeks full military funding. But how? – President Donald Trump, in his first State of the Union, asked Congress to “fully fund” the U.S. military, but he will have to navigate the Capitol Hill cross-currents that bedeviled the last administration.   Pentagon is planning for war with China…

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