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News Briefs – December 18, 2015

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BAE Systems lays off 160 workers at Norfolk shipyard BAE Systems has laid off 160 workers at its Norfolk, Va., shipyard in the second round of job cuts. The company says the Dec. 16 layoffs, along with the first round of layoffs in November and voluntary departures, cut the shipyard’s employment by about 400 jobs….

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Headlines – December 16, 2015

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News Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will face court-martial for desertion, misbehavior charges – Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has been recommended for trial by general court-martial, the Army announced Dec. 14.     Business Boeing announces additional share buybacks – Boeing’s board of directors approved additional share buybacks and increased its dividend, the company announced Dec. 14.  …

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News Briefs – December 16, 2015

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Tensions test U.S.-Thai relations as strategic talks resume The U.S. this week holds its first formal strategic dialogue with ally Thailand since a military coup. The top U.S. east Asia envoy, Daniel Russel, is hoping for better news coverage than on his last visit to Thailand a year ago, when local media branded him an…

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Headlines – December 14, 2015

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News Navy’s newest ship breaks down, limps into port – The littoral combat ship Milwaukee, the Navy’s newest ship, broke down Dec. 11 and had to be towed more than 40 nautical miles to Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek, Va.     Business Rolls-Royce’s submarine business could be nationalized – Rolls-Royce’s submarine arm could be…

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News Briefs – December 14, 2015

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Maine shipyard union approves four-year, no-raise contract The largest union at Maine’s Bath Iron Works in Augusta, Maine, has approved a four-year contract that contains provisions aimed at making the shipyard more efficient. The Navy shipbuilder said its future competitiveness was at stake when Machinists Union Local S6 voted Dec. 13 in Augusta. The company…

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Headlines – December 11, 2015

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News Pentagon seeks string of overseas bases to contain ISIS – As American intelligence agencies grapple with the expansion of the Islamic State beyond its headquarters in Syria, the Pentagon has proposed a new plan to the White House to build up a string of military bases in Africa, Southwest Asia and the Middle East….

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News Briefs – December 11, 2015

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U.S. ready to do more to help retake Ramadi Defense Secretary Ash Carter says the U.S. is prepared to assist the Iraqi army with more personnel and equipment to help them fight Islamic State militants. Carter said Dec. 9 that the U.S. would provide attack helicopters and additional military advisers in the fight to retake…

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Headlines – December 9, 2015

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News Carter launches review of law that has defined military careers for decades – Defense Secretary Ash Carter has launched a review of the landmark 1986 Goldwater-Nichols Act that has defined military careers and organizational structure for decades, a Pentagon spokesman said Dec. 8.     Business CACI announces purchase of NSS from L-3 –…

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News Briefs – December 9, 2015

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Senators demand transparency in U.S. military justice system Three U.S. senators say the military justice system’s “cloak of secrecy” needs to be lifted and records from sex crimes cases involving service members should be made readily accessible. In a letter sent Dec. 8 to Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, Democrats Barbara Boxer of California, Kirsten Gillibrand…

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Headlines – December 7, 2015

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News Pentagon planning cuts in production, R&D – As it puts the finishing touches on its fiscal 2017 budget plan, the Pentagon is preparing to slow down programs in production and limit R&D funds to protect end strength and readiness levels.     Business Taiwan turning screws on Washington’s sub deal – In 2001, President…

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