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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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Headlines – August 12, 2016

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News Pentagon acknowledges U.S. ground forces supporting ISIS fight in Libya – The Pentagon acknowledged Aug 8 that a “small number” of U.S. forces are going in and out of Libya in support of an expanded air war against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.     Business Lockheed-Elbit team joins British tank-upgrade competition…

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News Briefs – September 14, 2016

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Israel denies its aircraft harmed after raid in Syria The Israeli military struck artillery positions in Syria Sept. 13 after a projectile from that country’s civil war hit the Israeli-controlled part of the Golan Heights, but denied a Syrian claim that Syrian forces shot down two Israeli aircraft. The incident was the fifth case since…

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News Briefs – October 19, 2016

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UN torture expert: No visit to Guantanamo before terms ends The U.N.’s special representative on torture expects he will end his six-year term without visiting the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Juan Mendez said Oct. 18 that he was invited to visit Guantanamo in 2012 but on conditions that he could not accept….

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Headlines – November 28, 2016

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News Fix VA benefits by making troops buy their own health insurance – A health policy expert at the libertarian Cato Institute is offering a radical idea to help reform the Department of Veterans Affairs and prevent future wars at the same time: Make troops and veterans pay for their own medical insurance.    …

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