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Headlines – March 30, 2018

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News Shulkin out: Trump fires VA secretary after weeks of controversy – President Donald Trump fired Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin March 28, ending weeks of speculation about the embattled administrator’s future.   Air Force risk losing third of F-35s if upkeep costs aren’t cut – The U.S. Air Force may have to cut its…

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Headlines – October 14, 2015

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Business: Northrop Grumman boasts new military buggy has laser weapons – It could be the ultimate off roader – and take soldiers into battle like never before. The end of heavy metal – Boeing has revealed the world’s lightest metal structure, which it claims is 99.99 percent hollow. L-3 Communications acquires Nashville-based ForceX – L-3…

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Headlines – November 18, 2015

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Business: Beyond U.S. budget deal, defense faces uncertainty – Beyond 2016, the budget is expected to experience pressure related to modernization and procurement, absent a “grand bargain.” Airbus to compensate Germany for late A400M deliveries – European aircraft manufacturer Airbus will have to pay substantial compensation to the German Ministry of Defense due to the…

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Headlines – December 30, 2015

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News Iran conducts live fire exercise near USS Harry S. Truman – In what the U.S. Navy called an “unnecessarily provocative” move, the Iranian military reportedly sent a ship less than a mile from a U.S. aircraft carrier and began conducting live-fire exercises using unguided rockets.   Top U.S. general may seek more troops for…

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Headlines – February 1, 2016

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News U.S. may build 500 jets before finding out if F-35 works – Tests of how Lockheed Martin’s F-35 will perform in combat won’t begin until at least August 2018, a year later than planned, and more than 500 of the fighter jets may be built before the assessment is complete, according to the Pentagon’s…

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Air Force announces major subcontractors for B-21

Posted March 9, 2016 by Stuart Ibberson

During a Pentagon briefing, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James named seven companies who will join Northrop Grumman in building the B-21 Long Range Stealth Bomber. Almost five months after awarding Northrop the contract, it has emerged that Pratt & Whitney will be building the new planes engines. The engine, as expected, will be built…

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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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Navy SEAL posthumously promoted

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Navy photograph Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Charles Keating IV, 31, of San Diego. On May 11 the Navy announced that a SEAL killed in action last week will be posthumously advanced to chief petty officer. Petty Officer First Class Charles H. Keating IV, 31, of San Diego, died May 3 in Tall Usquf, Iraq,…

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Navy helo down in James River, crew safe

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NORFOLK–A U.S. Navy MH-60S helicopter crashed this morning in the James River while on a routine training mission. The three crew members aboard were rescued and transported to Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. Their injuries are believed to be non-life threatening. The helicopter is assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 2, the helicopter Fleet Replacement…

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Headlines – July 14, 2016

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News Senate Democrats block DOD spending bill, seeking omnibus – With their blockage of defense appropriations, Democrats are signaling that they are done with the process for passing individual appropriations bills and want to negotiate an omnibus.     Business Turkish policy changes may mean bigger defense business – In May, Turkish President Recep Tayyip…

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