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Headlines – November 17, 2017

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News Senate confirms Esper as Army secretary – Senators confirmed former Raytheon executive Mark Esper as the new Army secretary Nov. 15, filling the service’s top civilian post after nearly a year of nomination turmoil for the White House.   Airliners and F-15s involved in bizarre encounter with mystery aircraft over Oregon – Something quite…

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News Briefs – November 17, 2017

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UN votes to add 900 peacekeepers in Central African Republic The U.N. Security Council has unanimously approved a resolution increasing the U.N. peacekeeping force in the conflict-torn Central African Republic to a total of 11,650 military personnel. The addition of 900 soldiers comes as the impoverished Central African Republic, known as CAR, faces rising communal…

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House votes overwhelmingly to pass $700 billion defense bill

Posted November 17, 2017 by Richard Lardner

House Republicans and Democrats joined forces Nov. 14 to decisively approve a defense policy bill that authorizes $700 billion to restock what lawmakers have described as a depleted U.S. military and counter North Korea’s advancing nuclear weapons program. Lawmakers voted 356-70 to pass the legislation, with 127 Democrats backing the measure. Once the defense bill…

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Headlines – November 15, 2017

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News U.S. House calls military’s role in Yemen civil war unauthorized – The U.S. House unanimously passed a non-binding resolution Nov. 13 asserting U.S. military assistance to Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemen’s Shiite rebels is not covered by previous war authorizations.     Business Raytheon: Saudi-based Patriots intercepted over 100 missiles since 2015 – Saudi Arabia-based…

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News Briefs – November 15, 2017

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101st Airborne soldier dies in non-combat incident in Iraq A soldier with the 101st Airborne Division has died in Iraq from what the Department of Defense says were injuries sustained during a non-combat-related incident. The Department of Defense said in a news release Nov. 12 that 35-year-old Chief Warrant Officer 2 Lee M. Smith, of…

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EU launches new era in defense cooperation

Posted November 15, 2017 by Lorne Cook

European Union countries on Nov. 13 officially launched a new era in defense cooperation with a program of joint military investment and project development aimed at helping the EU confront its security challenges. Twenty-three of the EU’s 28 member nations signed up to the process, known as permanent structured cooperation, or PESCO. Britain, which is…

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Headlines – November 13, 2017

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News Green Beret discovered SEALs’ illicit cash – then he was killed – The story surrounding the slaying of Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar keeps unraveling, starting with the SEALs-turned-suspects’ assertion that the soldier was drunk the night he died.   U.S. Air Force official confirms rumors of F-35 talks with UAE – The U.S. Defense…

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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 – November 10, 2017

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News Congress’ $700 billion defense authorization adds 20,000 troops, rejects Space Corps – Congressional negotiators on Nov. 8 agreed on a $700 billion defense authorization plan for fiscal 2018, including a 2.4 percent pay raise for troops and a boost in military end strength of more than 20,000 service members.     Business Nuclear-powered subs,…

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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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