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News Briefs – September 1, 2017

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U.S. shoots down medium-range ballistic missile in Hawaii test The U.S. military has shot down a medium range ballistic missile during a test off Hawaii. The Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai Island launched the target missile late Aug. 29. Sailors aboard the destroyer USS John Paul Jones tracked the target with radar and then…

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Headlines – October 2, 2017

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News After string Of collisions, Navy will broadcast ship coordinates in busy waters – In the wake of deadly collisions between U.S. warships and commercial vessels, the Navy is issuing new orders that instruct its commanders operating in congested waterways to switch on an identifying beacon to help avoid crashes.     Business How one…

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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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Headlines – December 18, 2017

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News U.S. soldier ambushed in Niger wasn’t captured – An American soldier killed in an ambush in Niger with three comrades but recovered days later wasn’t captured alive by the enemy or executed at close range, The Associated Press has learned, based on the conclusion of a military investigation. It found evidence he apparently fought…

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The Defense Department urges service members and DOD civilians with wearable electronic devices to use the strictest privacy setting. Officials made the suggestion after publication of a "heat map" showing concentration of U.S military personnel overseas.
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DOD studying implications of wearable devices giving too much info

Posted January 30, 2018 by by Jim Garamone

Defense Department officials are studying security issues raised by physical conditioning trackers that also can be used to track service members’ whereabouts, a Pentagon spokesman told reporters Jan. 29. The concern comes from a “heat map” posted by Strava — the makers of a fitness tracking application that shows the routes service members run or…

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Probe finds deadly Niger mission lacked proper approval

Posted March 7, 2018 by Lolita C. Baldor

A military investigation into the Niger attack that killed four American service members concludes the team didn’t get required senior command approval for their risky mission to capture a high-level Islamic State militant, several U.S. officials familiar with the report said. It doesn’t point to that failure as a cause of the deadly ambush. Initial…

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News Briefs – April 6, 2018

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Navy adds $57 million to pay for repair of damaged destroyer The U.S. Navy is adding another $57 million to what it’s paying a Mississippi shipyard to repair a destroyer damaged in a June collision that killed seven sailors. The additional contract for repairing the USS Fitzgerald was awarded April 3 to Ingalls Shipbuilding of…

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Headlines – May 4, 2018

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News Russian fighter jet crashes after take-off in Syria, two pilots dead – A Russian fighter jet crashed after taking off from an airbase in Syria on May 3, killing both pilots, Moscow’s Defence Ministry said in a statement carried by news agencies.     Business Hey, Marines. Russian grunts get new assault rifles, too…

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Headlines – June 4, 2018

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News Pentagon says U.S. can ‘take down’ man-made islands like those in South China Sea – Amid heightened tensions brewing between China and the U.S. military in the South China Sea, a Pentagon official May 31 said the military has experience “taking down” small islands.   Some of oldest F-35s on the globe are forced…

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News Briefs – July 11, 2018

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China paper denounces U.S. Navy ships’ Taiwan Strait passage A ruling Chinese Communist Party newspaper is denouncing the passage of a pair of U.S. Navy ships through the Taiwan Strait as a “psychological game,” as the two sides square up over trade and relations with self-governing Taiwan. The Global Times said in an editorial July…

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