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February 3, 2014

News Briefs February 3, 2014

Updated online tour of Ohio’s Air Force museum

Fans of Ohio’s National Museum of the U.S. Air Force don’t have to brave the snowy highways to see an updated showcase of aircraft and exhibits.

An online virtual tour of the Dayton area museum’s Cold War Gallery has been updated.

It’s a 360-degree, in-depth look providing online viewers the chance to check museum galleries.

According to the Dayton Daily News, the museum has exhibits detailing more than 100 years of military aviation history.
Interactive materials allow users to click on exhibits, audio tour podcasts and 360-degree images of aircraft cockpits. Online: www.nmusafvirtualtour.com. AP

Ohio center finalist for potential missile defense

A training center in northeastern Ohio is one of four military installations in the country being considered for a potential missile defense site.

The Department of Defense says it will prepare an environmental impact study of Camp Ravenna Joint Military Training Center near Newton Falls and three other military sites.

The department’s Missile Defense Agency has evaluated the four installations. But officials say no decision has been made yet on whether to construct a new missile defense site.

The other installations under consideration are Fort Custer, Mich., Fort Drum, N.Y., and the Portsmouth Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape Training Area near Rangeley, Maine.

The environmental impact studies will take about two years to complete. They will assess potential impacts on land use, water resources and air quality among other areas. AP

NATO leaders say Afghan troops need more training

NATO’s top leaders say Afghan security forces need further training and that makes it critical for a new agreement to be signed that allows international forces to remain after the end of this year.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has so far refused to sign the security agreement, saying he wants to wait until after the country elects his successor in April. If the agreement isn’t signed, all international troops could leave by the end of 2014.

U.S. Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove, NATO’s military commander, and the alliance’s civilian leader Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Saturday that Afghan forces needed continued training.

Fogh Rasmussen also says that without foreign troops, international funding could dry up – making it difficult for Afghanistan to pay its forces. AP

Israeli missile defense shoots down Sinai rocket

The Israeli military says its missile defense system has shot down a rocket launched toward the Red Sea resort town of Eilat, near the border with Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula.

The military said the rocket was intercepted late Jan. 31. No injuries or damage were reported. It didn’t elaborate further.

Rocket attacks on Eilat are relatively rare. Islamic militants in lawless Sinai have been behind several such attacks on the city in recent years. Some caused minor damage and several people have been treated for shock.

Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, a jihadi group that has been behind many attacks on Egyptian targets and has fired rockets at Israel before, claimed responsibility for firing the Jan. 31 rocket. AP




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