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Headlines – October 4, 2017

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News Mattis reveals new rules of engagement – U.S. forces are no longer bound by requirements to be in contact with enemy forces in Afghanistan before opening fire, thanks to a change in rules of engagement orchestrated by Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis.   Families, congressman file lawsuit on deadly Osprey crash from 2000 –…

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News Briefs – November 10, 2017

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Morocco launches first spy satellite, gets strategic boost MARRAKECH, Morocco–Morocco has launched its first observation satellite, to be used for military activities, surveillance of its borders and coastline and monitoring desertification in the region. The Mohammed VI-A satellite was launched Nov. 8 from Kourou, French Guiana, in the presence of prominent Moroccan figures. It will…

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News Briefs – December 20, 2017

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UK’s newest, most expensive aircraft carrier needs repair The British navy’s newest and most expensive aircraft carrier needs repairs after a faulty shaft seal was identified during sea trials. Officials say the HMS Queen Elizabeth, which cost roughly 3 billion pounds ($4 billion) to build, will be “scheduled for repair” at Portsmouth. Defense Secretary Gavin…

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Fitness devices can provide locations of soldiers

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An interactive map found online can show the locations and activities of people who use fitness devices such as Fitbit, raising security concerns about soldiers and other people who are at U.S. military bases in sensitive areas. The Global Heat Map, published by the GPS tracking company Strava, uses satellite information to map the locations…

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News Briefs – March 7, 2018

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Russian cargo plane crashes in Syria, 32 dead A military cargo plane crashed as it was descending to land at a Russian air base in Syria March 6, killing all 32 people onboard, the Russian Defense Ministry said. The Russian military said an An-26, with 26 passengers and six crew members onboard, crashed just 500…

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Headlines – April 6, 2018

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News Trump wants troops out of Syria, but his generals may resist – The White House is pushing for a “rapid end” to the mission in Syria, but the Pentagon’s leadership may be a big hurdle to a full withdrawal of American troops, experts on the region say.   New details on Trump’s troop deployments…

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News Briefs – May 7, 2018

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Navy wants to triple size of Fallon training range in Nevada The Navy wants to more than triple the size of its training range near Fallon in west-central Nevada, a move that would cut off public access to the federal land in five counties. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that the Bureau of Land Management…

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News Briefs – June 6, 2018

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NATO aircraft start policing Montenegro’s airspace NATO aircraft have started policing Montenegro’s airspace, a year after the small Adriatic state became a member of the Western military alliance despite strong opposition from Russia. Italian and Greek warplanes held an exercise in the skies over Montenegro’s capital, Podgorica, on June 5. They intercepted an “intruder” aircraft…

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Headlines – July 11, 2018

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News Hacker caught selling maintenance manuals for military drones – A poorly configured router allowed the theft of drone manuals, a list of maintainers, material on the Abrams tank, and more.   Judges toss Trump war powers case, citing passage of time after near nine-month wait to rule – A former Army captain’s lawsuit challenging…

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News Briefs – October 14, 2015

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Philippines backs U.S. plan to sail ship near Chinese island The Philippines has expressed support for a reported U.S. plan to challenge China’s territorial claims by deploying a Navy ship close to a Chinese-built island in the disputed South China Sea. The Department of Foreign Affairs said Oct. 13 that the U.S. plan of sending…

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