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Headlines December 31, 2014

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News: DOD braces for political battle over military pay – The Pentagon is bracing for one of its biggest political battles in years as a blue-ribbon commission on military compensation and retirement nears the end of its two-year study and moves closer to releasing its proposals for change by Feb. 1.   Business: Defense 2015 preview:…

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News Briefs December 31, 2014

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German opposition urges probe into NATO ‘hit list’ German opposition lawmakers called Dec. 30 for an investigation into reports that the country’s army and foreign intelligence agency contributed to a NATO list of Taliban targets in Afghanistan, some of whom were killed. Citing NATO documents, German newspapers Der Spiegel and Bild have reported that Germany…

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Headlines December 29, 2014

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News: Newest U.S. stealth fighter ’10 years behind’ older jets – When the Pentagon’s nearly $400 billion F-35 Joint Strike Fighter finally enters service next year after nearly two decades in development, it won’t be able to support troops on the ground the way older planes can today. Its sensors won’t be able to see the…

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News Briefs December 29, 2014

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Iran’s army tests suicide drone in drills Iran’s army has deployed a suicide drone for the first time in massive ongoing military drills near the strategic Strait of Hormuz at the entrance to the Persian Gulf. Gen. Ahmad Reza Pourdastan, the army’s chief commander of ground forces, is quoted by Iranian state media Dec. 27…

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Obama, Hagel mark end of Operation Enduring Freedom

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President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel each issued statements Dec. 28 marking the end of the combat mission in Afghanistan. After 13 years of combat operations, Operation Enduring Freedom drew to a close today in a ceremony at the International Security and Assistance Force headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan. “Today’s ceremony in Kabul marks…

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‘NORAD Tracks Santa’: Bringing him to a home near you

Posted December 24, 2014 by TSgt. John Gordinier

Air Force photograph by MSgt. Chuck Marsh Volunteers monitor phones and computers to talk with children while tracking Santa Claus at the North American Aerospace Defense Command Tracks Santa Operations Center at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colo. Santa will be traveling around the world Dec. 24, delivering presents to all the girls…

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Headlines December 24, 2014

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Business: Boeing, U.S. Navy in talks about stretching EA-18G jet production – The U.S. Navy Dec. 19 said it was in talks with Boeing Co about slowing production of its EA-18G electronic attack jets to keep the St. Louis facility running through the end of 2017, after Congress approved funding for 15 more planes. Navy’s $2.5…

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News Briefs December 24, 2014

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Chinese military plane crashes; two deaths reported A Chinese military plane crashed in the country’s northwest Dec. 22 and a news website says at least two people were killed. The plane crashed at about 3 p.m. near the city of Weinan, about 600 miles west of Beijing, in Shaanxi province, according to the local fire…

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Headlines December 22, 2014

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News: Report: DOD bomb hunters pried into U.S. firms, citizens – During some of the bloodiest days of U.S. combat in Afghanistan and the roadside bomb threat there, the Pentagon’s Joint IED Defeat Organization “improperly collected” intelligence on U.S. citizens and corporations to try to stem the threat, a Pentagon Inspector General report has found.  …

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News Briefs December 22, 2014

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U.K., Canadian military leaves to join Ebola fight Reservists and troops from Britain and Canada have left for Sierra Leone to help in the battle to contain the Ebola virus outbreak. British officials said Dec. 20 that 16 reservists and 100 regular military personnel left on a morning flight from the Brize Norton military airbase….

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