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Headlines July 21, 2014

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News: IDF releases Iron Dome interception rate - Israel’s Iron Dome system has successfully intercepted 86 percent of the Palestinian rockets that it has engaged during Operation ‘Protective Edge’, according to the Israel Defense Forces.   Business: The turnaround of France’s defense giant Thales - Within seconds of meeting Jean-Bernard Levy it becomes apparent that he is…

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News Briefs July 21, 2014

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Corruption investigated in Kansas National Guard The Kansas Adjutant General’s office says federal authorities are investigating possible corruption involving outside medical companies’ contracts with the Kansas Army National Guard. Sharon Watson, spokeswoman for the adjutant general’s office, confirmed the investigation Friday to The Lawrence Journal-World but declined to release specific details. She said the investigation…

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Headlines July 18, 2014

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News: Senate panel OKs Pentagon spending bill, but its fate is uncertain - A U.S. Senate panel July 17 approved nearly $550 billion in military spending, while also proposing to keep alive weapon systems the Pentagon wanted to retire. But senior members made clear it may never see the Senate floor.   Business: Pratt, Norway get…

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News Briefs July 18, 2014

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Six F-16s damaged during July 8 storm in Vermont The Vermont National Guard says a total of six F-16 fighter jets were damaged during a severe thunderstorm on July 8. The Guard says the storm with high winds caused the hangar doors at the Burlington Air National Guard station to collapse inward and damage the…

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Airbus beats Boeing at Farnborough in orders race

Posted July 18, 2014 by Danica Kirka

Airbus beat rival Boeing in the aircraft order stakes at this year’s Farnborough International Airshow, garnering nearly twice as many orders and commitments. The victory by the European aircraft manufacturer is its second in a row in the unofficial air show competition after last year’s triumph in Paris – the French capital and Farnborough, a…

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Headlines July 16, 2014

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News: F-35 cleared for flight  – A Pentagon official told Defense News that the F-35 fighter fleet has been cleared by air worthiness authorities. A decision on attending the show has not been made but the official said DOD is “hopeful” it can make the trip.   Business: BAE aims for half of $10 billion…

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News Briefs July 16, 2013

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Military’s tobacco discount: Up in smoke The familiar image of a battle-hardened member of the military smoking a cigarette may become a little less common. The Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee July 15 approved a $549.3 billion defense spending bill that would eliminate the 25 percent discount that members of the armed services enjoy when buying…

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F-35 returns to limited flight, officials rule out Farnborough

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Air Force photograph by Samuel King Jr. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel meets a 33rd Fighter Wing Airman July 10, 2014, at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Hagel visited the base to tour the wing and the F-35 Lightning II integrated training center. While the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter has returned to limited flying,…

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Headlines July 14, 2014

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News: U.S. no longer tech leader in military war gear - The world’s fighting forces are not turning to the United States first anymore when it comes to war gear. Instead, companies in Europe and beyond are equipping armies with high-tech gear, embracing technology that has outpaced American efforts, which used to be first rate.  …

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News Briefs July 14, 2014

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Tanks, military vehicles auctioned in California PORTOLA VALLEY, Calif. – Collectors from around the world have snapped up more than 100 tanks and other military vehicles amassed by a Silicon Valley engineer, auction officials said July 13. Jacques Littlefield’s collection, one of the nation’s most extensive and historic, was sold in the San Francisco Bay…

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