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News Briefs – October 29, 2018

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NATO’s biggest peacetime drill kicks off, angering Moscow NATO’s biggest military maneuvers since the Cold War have started in Norway in a hypothetical scenario that involves restoring the Scandinavian country’s sovereignty after an attack by a “fictitious aggressor.” Russia, which shares a border with Norway, was briefed by NATO on the Trident Juncture 2018 drill…

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Headlines – October 26, 2018

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News Putin: Russia will target nations hosting U.S. missiles – “If they are deployed in Europe, we will naturally have to respond in kind,” Putin said at a news conference. “The European nations that would agree to that should understand that they would expose their territory to the threat of a possible retaliatory strike.”  …

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News Briefs – October 26, 2018

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U.S. stealth bomber lands in Colorado after emergency The Air Force says a Missouri-based B-2 stealth bomber landed in Colorado Springs after an unspecified emergency. A spokesman for the 21st Space Wing at Peterson Air Force Base, Sgt. Brian Bender, says the base’s first responders responded to an emergency involving the plane at about 4:20…

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Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne integrated with modified 747

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This week, Virgin Orbit released photographs of its LauncherOne rocket mated for the first time with the modified Virgin Atlantic Boeing 747, dubbed Cosmic Girl. The 747 2ill carry LauncherOne up to 30,000 feet before the rocket engages its thrusters and flies into orbit. The rocket will travel at 17,500 mph, dropping satellites into earth orbit.

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Headlines – October 24, 2018

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News U.S. military could see big changes if Democrats win control of Congress – In July, as lawmakers were putting the final touches on a $716 billion defense authorization bill for fiscal 2019, members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus unveiled their own plans to severely slash Pentagon spending.   2,100 mostly unarmed Guard troops on…

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News Briefs – October 24, 2018

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Russia says U.S. is increasing nukes in military planning Russia says the United States is increasing the role of nuclear weapons in its military planning as part of a stepped_up campaign by the Trump administration to ensure “U.S. military superiority over the rest of the world.” Andrei Belousov is deputy director of the Russian Foreign…

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Headlines – October 22, 2018

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News Here are the 172 veterans running for Congress in November – A total of 172 veterans won primaries this year and will appear on midterm ballots across the country. Their military service spans from the 1950s to today, and includes time spent in the active-duty ranks, reserves and the Coast Guard.   Many troops…

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News Briefs – October 22, 2018

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Putin: Russia would only use its nuclear arms in retaliation President Vladimir Putin says Russia would only use its nuclear weapons in response to an incoming missile attack. Putin said Oct. 18 Russia’s military doctrine doesn’t envisage a preventative nuclear strike. He noted that Russia would only launch a nuclear strike if its early warning…

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U.S. general wounded in Taliban attack that killed 2 Afghan leaders

Posted October 22, 2018 by AP

The Pentagon has confirmed that U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Smiley was shot in a Taliban attack that killed two Afghan leaders in Kandahar province last week. U.S. military spokesman Cmdr. Grant W. Neeley provided no other details. The Washington Post reported Oct. 21 that Smiley was recovering after suffering at least one gunshot wound…

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Former general says UK-US military cooperation under threat

Posted October 22, 2018 by Danica Kirka

The former commander of American forces in Iraq and Afghanistan warned Oct. 19 that the United States’ military cooperation with the U.K. could be threatened by the growing use of human rights laws to target British soldiers. Writing in the Times of London, retired Gen. David Petraeus says the European Court of Human Rights is…

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