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House, Senate negotiators agree on $700 billion for Pentagon

Posted November 10, 2017 by Richard Lardner

House and Senate negotiators have agreed on an annual defense policy bill that authorizes $700 billion for the Pentagon in the 2018 fiscal year, a dramatic increase over the amount President Donald Trump sought as lawmakers aim to restock what they say is a depleted U.S. military. Details of the legislation are scheduled to be…

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U.S. could have almost 16,000 troops in Afghanistan next year

Posted November 10, 2017 by Lolita C. Baldor

BRUSSELS–The expected deployment of hundreds more U.S. Army trainers to Afghanistan early next year will probably increase the total number of American forces there to almost 16,000, according to U.S. officials. At least 15,000 U.S. forces are in Afghanistan, after President Donald Trump decided to send about 3,800 troops to the country this fall to…

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Headlines – November 8, 2017

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News Report: Full cost of U.S. wars overseas approaching $6 trillion – Overseas combat operations since 2001 have cost the United States an estimated $4.3 trillion so far, and trillions more in veterans benefits spending in years to come, according to the latest analysis from the Costs of War project.     Business Coming in…

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News Briefs – November 6, 2017

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U.S. soldier killed in Afghanistan KABUL, Afghanistan–A U.S. soldier has died from wounds sustained during an operation in Afghanistan’s eastern Logar province. The NATO mission in the country issued a statement saying the soldier died during the military operation Nov. 4, without providing further details. President Donald Trump in August approved a Pentagon plan to…

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Harris praises workforce, gives insight on AFTC future

Posted November 6, 2017 by Kenji Thuloweit

People, mission, money and challenges set the tone for Maj. Gen. David Harris’ discussion at his latest commander’s call in the Edwards Air Force Base theater Nov. 1.

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Headlines – November 3, 2017

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News Minor quality control issue creates new problem for F-35 enterprise – A quality control issue at Lockheed Martin stopped F-35 deliveries for a month, but even more time will be needed to roll out a fix to impacted jets across the fleet.     Business Indonesia strikes $77 million deal for air-defense system by…

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Headlines – November 1, 2017

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News China has practiced bombing runs targeting Guam, US says – China has practiced bombing runs targeting the U.S. territory of Guam, one of a host of activities making U.S. forces here consider Beijing the most worrisome potential threat in the Pacific, even as North Korea pursues a nuclear warhead.     Business Malaysian military…

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News Briefs – November 1, 2017

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Iran holds air force drill in heart of its nuclear region Iran’s official IRNA news agency says the Iranian air force is holding its annual military exercise to show off its ability to safeguard the country’s airspace. The drill is taking place near the central city of Isfahan, a region that is home to the…

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Headlines – October 30, 2017

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News Two Navy SEALs under suspicion in strangling of green beret in Mali – Navy criminal authorities are investigating whether two members of the Navy’s elite SEAL Team 6 strangled to death an Army Green Beret on assignment in Mali in June, military officials say.   Pentagon identifies soldier killed in Afghanistan helicopter crash –…

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News Briefs – October 30, 2017

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Pentagon identifies soldier killed in Afghanistan The Pentagon has released the name of a U.S. soldier who died of wounds sustained in a helicopter crash in eastern Afghanistan. The Oct. 27 crash in Logar province killed Jacob M. Sims — a 36-year-old chief warrant officer from Juneau, Alaska. He was assigned to 4th Battalion, 160th…

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