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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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Pentagon: U.S. may set up more small outposts in Iraq

Posted April 8, 2016 by Lolita C. Baldor

The Pentagon will consider opening more small military outposts that would provide artillery support and other aid to Iraqi forces as they prepare to retake the northern city of Mosul from Islamic State militants, a senior military officer on the Joint Staff said April 6. Rear. Adm. Andrew Lewis, the vice director for operations, said…

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Headlines – April 6, 2016

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News The Pentagon doesn’t know who should respond to a massive cyber attack – The Pentagon does not have a clear chain of command for responding to a massive cyber attack on domestic targets in the United States, according to the federal government’s principal watchdog.     Business Global military spending grows for first time…

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News Briefs – April 6, 2016

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USS Paul Hamilton leaves Hawaii after 20 years Hawaii is losing the USS Paul Hamilton after having the Navy’s guided-missile destroyer stationed in Pearl Harbor for more than 20 years. The ship left April 5 and will swap home ports with USS William P. Lawrence in San Diego, which is currently deployed and expected to…

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Global military spending nearly $1.7 trillion amid Mideast conflicts

Posted April 6, 2016 by Jon Gambrell

Global military spending rose in 2015 to nearly $1.7 trillion, the first increase in several years, driven by conflicts including the battle against the Islamic State group, the Saudi-led war in Yemen and fears about Iran, a report released April 5 shows. The study by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute also noted that the…

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Headlines – April 4, 2016

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News U.S. Special Operations units are using faulty rifle sights – U.S. Special Operations forces are using rifle sights that are supposed to help shooters accurately hit their targets but instead have a defect, acknowledged by the manufacturer, that potentially endangers the lives of service members in combat, according to court records and military officials….

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News Briefs – April 4, 2016

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Russia accuses Turkey of arming extremists in Syria Russia is accusing three Turkish foundations of supplying weapons and military equipment to Islamic State extremists in Syria and says $1.9 million worth of explosives and industrial chemicals were smuggled across Turkey’s border to extremist groups. Russia’s U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said in a letter to the…

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Headlines – April 1, 2016

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News A key Iraqi offensive sputters, and the Pentagon pushes hard for more U.S. troops – The Pentagon is finalizing plans to deploy more American ground forces to support the Iraqi army’s offensive to seal off and retake the Islamic State stronghold in Mosul, top defense officials said.     Business U.S. Army takes next…

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News Briefs – April 1, 2016

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SUV fleeing police crashes into jet at California naval base A wrong-way driver leading authorities on a high-speed chase crashed through a gate and into a fighter jet at a central California naval base, killing himself and a passenger, authorities said March 31. The Navy base does not appear to be an intended target, and…

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Headlines – March 30, 2016

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News F-16 crashes near Bagram Airfield, pilot safe – A U.S. F-16 crashed during an evening takeoff near Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan.   U.S. to beef up military presence in Eastern Europe – U.S. officials say the Pentagon will be deploying an armored brigade combat team to Eastern Europe next February as part of the ongoing…

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