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News Briefs – November 20, 2015

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Russian strategic bombers deal new strikes on IS The Russian military says its strategic bombers have struck targets in Syria in a third straight day of a heavy bombing blitz. Russia, which has conducted air campaign in Syria since Sept. 30, sharply raised its intensity this week on President Vladimir Putin’s orders. Putin told the…

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Headlines – November 18, 2015

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Business: Beyond U.S. budget deal, defense faces uncertainty – Beyond 2016, the budget is expected to experience pressure related to modernization and procurement, absent a “grand bargain.” Airbus to compensate Germany for late A400M deliveries – European aircraft manufacturer Airbus will have to pay substantial compensation to the German Ministry of Defense due to the…

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News Briefs – November 18, 2015

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Canada to increase Iraq trainers, but will remove jets Canada will send more military trainers to Iraq but remains committed to removing its fighter jets from the country, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Nov. 17, sticking with his campaign pledges for the region despite the Paris attacks. He added that he stands by his goal…

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Headlines – November 16, 2015

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News: France launches fierce assault on ISIS targets in Syria in coordination with U.S. defense officials – The French statement said the operation, launched from bases in the United Arab Emirates and Jordan, was conducted in coordination with U.S. forces, which have compiled an extensive target list in Raqqa. White House delays plan to close…

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News Briefs – November 16, 2015

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Critics: Navy littoral ship program not meeting expectations The latest U.S. Navy littoral combat ship was set to sail into Milwaukee Nov. 15, but critics of the program contend the $400 million vessels still have not met expectations. The Marinette Marine Corp. shipyard in Marinette, Wisc., employs about 2,000 people building the ships designed for…

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Headlines – November 13, 2015

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News: ‘Jihadi John:’ U.S. air strike targets Islamic State militant in Syria – U.S. forces have carried out an air strike targeting the Islamic State group militant “Jihadi John,” with a “high degree of certainty” he was hit. Prime Minister David Cameron said if the strike had been successful, killing Mohammed Emwazi was “the right…

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News Briefs – November 13, 2015

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Senate passes $80B measure for veterans, military bases The Senate passed its first spending bill of the year Nov. 10, a popular $80 billion measure for veterans’ programs and construction projects on military bases long delayed by infighting over the broader budget. The 93-0 vote sends the measure into House-Senate negotiations, where it is likely…

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Headlines – November 11, 2015

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News Defense authorization bill clears Congress again – The 2016 defense authorization bill is headed to the White House – again. Senate approves VA funding for fiscal 2016 – Senate lawmakers advanced plans for a $166 billion Veterans Affairs Department budget for fiscal 2016, a potential next step not only for veterans program funding but…

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News Briefs – November 11, 2015

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Military identifies remains of seven Pearl Harbor ‘unknowns’ The remains of seven crew members missing since the USS Oklahoma capsized in the 1941 bombing of Pearl Harbor have been identified, the military said Nov. 9. The names of the servicemen identified using dental records will be released after their families have been notified. In June,…

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Headlines – November 9, 2015

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News: More U.S. troops possible in Syria, Defense Sec. Ash Carter says – Just days after the White House announced that President Obama had authorized the deployment of a small contingent of special operations forces to the war-torn country of Syria, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said more American troops could “absolutely” be sent into…

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