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News Briefs – February 17, 2016

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Iranian defense minister in Moscow to boost military ties The Iranian defense minister is visiting Moscow for talks about closer military cooperation. Gen. Hossein Dehghan met Feb. 16 with President Vladimir Putin and also held talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Shoigu. Shoigu hailed a “high level of mutual trust” between Moscow and Tehran and…

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Headlines – February 15, 2016

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News Senator McCain says could subpoena U.S. sailors held by Iran – U.S. Republican Senator John McCain said Feb. 14 he would subpoena 10 U.S. sailors to testify about their brief detention by Iran if the Obama administration does not provide the findings of an investigation into the incident by March 1.     Business…

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News Briefs – February 15, 2016

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Saudi Arabia, allies gather for major military exercises Saudi Arabia says troops from 20 countries are gathering in the oil-rich nation for large-scale military exercises. The kingdom announced the exercises Feb. 14 on the official Saudi Press Agency, describing them as “the largest and most important” military maneuvers in the region’s history. It says the…

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Headlines – February 12, 2016

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News Lawmakers move to abolish draft – As Congress begins debate on whether to force women to register for the draft, a bipartisan group of House lawmakers has a compromise solution: Get rid of it altogether.   Top Air Force acquisition official reassigned over financial disclosure issue – The U.S. Air Force has reassigned Richard…

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News Briefs – February 12, 2016

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New leadership for Air Force Acquisitions, Logistics On Feb. 11, Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James announced that Darlene Costello, a senior acquisition official in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense, Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, is assuming the duties of the principal deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition…

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Headlines – February 10, 2016

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News Bergdahl case suspended in disagreement over classified documents – The case for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who walked off a remote base in Afghanistan in 2009, is suspended until the Army Court of Criminal Appeals rules who has the authority to give the defense team access to classified documents.     Business Asia’s biggest air…

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News Briefs – February 10, 2016

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U.S. intel: China to keep building on artificial islands The U.S. intelligence chief says he expects China to keep building on artificial islands to sustain its “exorbitant” territorial claims in the disputed South China Sea. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper implied that China was militarizing those land features, despite an assurance given by Chinese…

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Headlines – February 8, 2016

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News Republicans gloat over Obama’s about-face on defense spending – The turnabout is causing a major credibility problem for the Defense Department ahead of the Feb. 9 release of the president’s new budget proposal, key lawmakers told POLITICO.     Business Night vision market to reach $7.7 billion by 2020 – The global night vision…

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News Briefs – February 8, 2016

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NATO chief meets EU defense ministers to discuss cooperation European Union defense ministers huddled Feb. 5 with NATO’s secretary general to discuss closer cooperation between the military alliance and the 28-nation bloc to tackle looming threats to the region. The EU and NATO are working to beef up their responses to threats such as Russia’s…

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Headlines – February 5, 2016

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News Is Pentagon’s budget about to be nuked? – As time passed, the technologies that comprised the U.S. nuclear enterprise began to near their expiration dates. Now, with a rising China and a resurgent Russia, as well as six other nations armed with nuclear weapons, the Pentagon is sounding an alarm that the tab for…

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