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News Briefs – July 18, 2016

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Federal appeals court rejects Navy sonar use rules A federal appeals court says the U.S. Navy was wrongly allowed to use sonar in the nation’s oceans that could harm whales and other marine life. The court ruled in San Francisco July 15 that the National Marine Fisheries Services didn’t meet marine mammal protection requirements in…

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NASA sends trailblazing science, cargo to ISS aboard SpaceX resupply mission

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Instruments to perform the first-ever DNA sequencing in space, and the first international docking adapter for commercial spacecraft, are among the cargo scheduled to arrive at the International Space Station after the July 18 launch of the SpaceX Commercial Resupply Services-9 (CRS-9) mission.

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Headlines – July 15, 2016

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News Obama’s Syria plan teams up American and Russian forces – The Obama administration’s new proposal to Russia on Syria is more extensive than previously known. It would open the way for deep cooperation between U.S. and Russian military and intelligence agencies and coordinated air attacks by American and Russian planes on Syrian rebels deemed…

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News Briefs – July 15, 2016

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Australia brings new amphibious forces to Hawaii exercises Australian soldiers are expected to lead a battalion in the storming of a Hawaii beach during the world’s largest maritime exercises this month, displaying amphibious military skills they’ve been building in recent years. For the first time, Australia’s navy has brought an amphibious assault ship to the…

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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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News Briefs – July 14, 2016

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Germany to affirm stronger role on world stage Germany is affirming its growing role on the world stage in new security guidelines that mark another step away from its caution after World War II. A draft defense policy paper obtained by The Associated Press July 12 and due to be presented on Wednesday states that…

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Headlines – July 11, 2016

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News Going on offense: Obama’s new Afghan war policy begins to take shape – Now that President Obama has abandoned his plan to greatly scale back U.S.-involvement in the Afghan war, military commanders are drawing up plans to help Afghan forces hammer Taliban insurgents.   Carter: U.S. will use Iraq city as base to retake…

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News Briefs – July 11, 2016

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Iranian fighter jet crashes, pilots survive Iranian state TV says an air force Sukhoi-24 has crashed while on patrol near the southern city of Shiraz, and that the two pilots ejected and survived. The July 10 report did not say what caused the fighter jet crash, but said an investigation is underway. Iran signed a…

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Air Force releases report on Reaper crash

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A ground control station error in the wake of a starter-generator failure led to the intentional crash of an MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft in the CENTCOM area of responsibility Nov. 24, 2015, according to an Abbreviated Accident Investigation Board report released July 11. The aircraft, valued at $9.9 million, was assigned to the 432nd…

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Carter salutes Iraqi forces, announces 560 U.S. troops to deploy to Iraq

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During his visit to Baghdad July 11, 2016, Defense Secretary Ash Carter met with Iraqi leaders, coalition commanders and U.S. troops and also announced that the United States, in close consultation with the Iraqi government, will deploy an additional 560 troops to Iraq to assist in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and…

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