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Headlines – April 13, 2016

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News U.S., Philippines, united by China, ramp up military alliance – After a rocky patch of 25 years, the United States and the Philippines will solidify a new, increasingly complex military relationship this week, driven partly by China’s assertive actions in the South China Sea. An agreement that allows the United States to build facilities…

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News Briefs – April 13, 2016

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German army wants recruits checked over extremist concerns Germany’s Defense Ministry is proposing better screening of new recruits over fears Islamic extremists could be joining the Bundeswehr to get military training. News agency dpa reported April 12 that a proposal to institute background checks on all recruits should be presented later this month. Citing a…

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Navy officer accused of espionage; now held in Navy brig

Posted April 13, 2016 by Robert Burns

The U.S. military has charged a Taiwan-born Navy officer with espionage for allegedly passing military secrets to China or Taiwan, U.S. defense officials said April 11. A Navy document that describes multiple charges against Lt. Cmdr. Edward C. Lin accuses him of failing to report foreign contacts and says that on multiple occasions he gave…

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Headlines – April 11, 2016

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News Military proposes sending more special forces to Syria – The Obama administration is considering sending 250 additional U.S. special forces to Syria to advise rebel groups as part of a broader Pentagon recommendation on how to increase the pace of operations against ISIS, a U.S. defense official said April 8.     Business Arms…

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News Briefs – April 11, 2016

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Iran to hold three-day military drill Iran’s official IRNA news agency is reporting that the country’s Revolutionary Guards will begin a ground forces drill April 12 near the Pakistani border in the southeastern part of the country. The April 10 report quotes the chief of IRGC’s ground forces, Mohammad Khakpour, as saying the three-day exercise…

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Headlines – April 8, 2016

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News VA bosses in 7 states falsified vets’ wait times for care – Supervisors instructed employees to falsify patient wait times at Veterans Affairs’ medical facilities in at least seven states, according to a USA TODAY analysis of more than 70 investigation reports released in recent weeks.     Business Court reverses former Finmeccanica CEO…

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News Briefs – April 8, 2016

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NOAA: Hurricane Hunter planes to stay in Florida The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says it plans to find a home for its famed Hurricane Hunter aircraft that is within 50 miles of MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa. NOAA made the announcement April 6. The Tampa Bay Times reports it’s the first concrete indication…

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Pentagon: U.S. may set up more small outposts in Iraq

Posted April 8, 2016 by Lolita C. Baldor

The Pentagon will consider opening more small military outposts that would provide artillery support and other aid to Iraqi forces as they prepare to retake the northern city of Mosul from Islamic State militants, a senior military officer on the Joint Staff said April 6. Rear. Adm. Andrew Lewis, the vice director for operations, said…

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Headlines – April 6, 2016

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News The Pentagon doesn’t know who should respond to a massive cyber attack – The Pentagon does not have a clear chain of command for responding to a massive cyber attack on domestic targets in the United States, according to the federal government’s principal watchdog.     Business Global military spending grows for first time…

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News Briefs – April 6, 2016

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USS Paul Hamilton leaves Hawaii after 20 years Hawaii is losing the USS Paul Hamilton after having the Navy’s guided-missile destroyer stationed in Pearl Harbor for more than 20 years. The ship left April 5 and will swap home ports with USS William P. Lawrence in San Diego, which is currently deployed and expected to…

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