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Headlines June 2, 2014

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Business: Pentagon seeks $211 million repayment from Pratt for accounting issue – The Pentagon is seeking $211 million from engine maker Pratt and Whitney for cost accounting problems on contracts dating back to 2005, according to a report released June 3.   Northrop wins $9.9 billion contract for B-2 bomber sustainment – Northrop Grumman has won a five-year…

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Headlines June 2, 2014

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News: Military community reaction mixed to Bergdahl release – Though Americans may be celebrating the release of the only American soldier held prisoner in Afghanistan by the Taliban, the reaction of the military community has been mixed at best.   Freed prisoners were battle-hardened Taliban commanders – They were among the Taliban’s most influential commanders – five men…

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News Briefs June 2, 2014

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Australia resettles more than 500 Afghan helpers Australia revealed June 1 that it had resettled in recent months more than 500 Afghans who had jeopardized their own safety by helping the Australian military in their war-ravaged homeland. The Afghans, mainly interpreters and their families, were granted refugee visas. Most were resettled in Australia since late…

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Eglin welcomes final F-35A

Posted June 2, 2014 by 1st Lt. Hope R. Cronin

The 58th Fighter Squadron became the Air Force's first complete F-35A Lightning II squadron after they welcomed their 26th and final F-35A May 28 at the 33rd Fighter Wing, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.

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NASA’s ‘flying saucer’ readies for first test flight

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NASA’s flying saucer-shaped test vehicle is ready to take to the skies from the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii, for its first engineering shakeout flight. The first launch opportunity for the test vehicle is June 3, when the launch window opens at 8:30 a.m., HST. The test will be carried live…

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Army releases Rifleman Radio draft RFP, opens competition, creates ‘radio marketplace’

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The U.S. Army has released a draft Request for Proposals to procure additional Rifleman Radios using full and open competition.

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Boeing, Japan Transocean Air finalize order for Next Generation 737s

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  Boeing and Japan Transocean Air finalized an order May 30 for 12 Next-Generation 737-800 airplanes. The arrival of the new 737-800s in 2016 will mark the start of the airline’s fleet renewal program. “This order is a key part of our strategy to bring the highest levels of comfort, amenity and convenience to the…

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Headlines May 30, 2014

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News: Shinseki resigns amid VA scandal over veterans’ healthcare – Eric K. Shinseki resigned May 30 as secretary of Veterans Affairs taking responsibility for a scandal in the VA healthcare system over excessive waiting times and cover ups of what he called “systemic” problems.   Business: Army to seek Northrop refunds over inflated labor rates – The…

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News Briefs May 30, 2014

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Czech minister proposes defense budget rise The Czech Republic’s defense minister says he wants his country’s defense budget to return to growth amid fighting in Ukraine. Martin Stropnicky says the current crisis in Ukraine is a warning sign that a military conflict in Europe is not unthinkable. The Czech Republic, which has reduced its defense…

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F-35 achieves three major flight test milestones on same day

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In three separate flight tests May 27, Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Lightning II aircraft demonstrated air-to-air combat capability, completed the first flight test with the next level software load and accomplished a landing at the maximum test speed and drop rate.

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