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News: Russia targets space projects in response to U.S. high-tech sanctions - Moscow will bar the US from using Russian-made rocket engines for military satellite launches and suspend the operation of GPS satellite navigation system sites in Russia, retaliating for sanctions on high-tech equipment which Washington has imposed over the Ukraine crisis.     Business: U.S….

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Obama presents top medal to Afghanistan veteran President Barack Obama has presented the Medal of Honor to former Army Sgt. Kyle White for heroism during an ambush in Afghanistan in 2007. White saved a comrade’s life and helped ensure that other wounded survivors of the attack were evacuated. Obama says White motivates Americans to be…

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NASA center ceremony honors two aerospace legends

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NASA photograph by Ken Ulbrich A black cloak is pulled to reveal the new name of NASA’s Neil A. Armstrong Flight Research Center to conclude ceremonies May 13 honoring the center’s new designation. Two aerospace legends and their families were honored at a formal dedication ceremony May 13, marking the rededication of NASA’s Armstrong Flight…

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News: Marine jet crashes in Arizona desert; pilot OK - A Marine Corps Harrier jet crashed on tribal land south of Phoenix May 9, but authorities said the pilot was able to eject safely. Budget axe hovering over the military - House lawmakers have rejected most of the Pentagon’s proposed cost-saving measures for next year, raising serious…

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Hagel: Military should review transgender ban Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says the military should continually review its policy barring transgender individuals from serving in the military. Hagel did not indicate whether he believes the policy should be overturned. However, Hagel says every qualified American who wants to serve the country should have that opportunity if…

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Marine Corps to review raid on law offices

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Military criminal investigators raided Marine Corps defense counsel offices at Camp Pendleton, Calif., opening files during a 21/2-hour search and potentially compromising scores of cases, the attorney who oversees Marine defense lawyers in the region said May 9. Investigators raided the offices May 2 in search of a cellphone tied to a case being tried…

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Headlines May 9, 2014

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News: HASC OKs $600 billion in 2015 DOD spending, nixes A-10 retirement plans - The House Armed Services Committee early May 8 unanimously approved a measure that would authorize just over $600 billion in 2015 US defense spending and block plans to retire the A-10 attack plane. VA orders national care review as critics’ frustration grows -…

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News Briefs May 9, 2014

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U.K. looks to allow women in frontline combat roles Britain’s defense minister says women should be allowed to serve in front-line army combat units. Defense Secretary Philip Hammond said May 8 the army should be open “to all who can meet the standards required.” He said tough fitness rules meant “some roles will have limited…

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Headlines May 7, 2014

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Business: Bomber-plane budget by U.S. Air Force projected to double - The service’s total budget for bomber production and upgrades will jump to about $9.5 billion in fiscal 2020 from less than $5 billion for the year beginning Oct. 1, according to a Pentagon document obtained by Bloomberg News. After that, spending would remain greater than…

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News Briefs May 7, 2014

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Hagel talks of tough defense choices after war U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says tough trade-offs are necessary as the military pivots from a 13-year war footing and comes under enormous budgetary constraints. In a speech to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs May 6, Hagel said those painful decisions include cuts to military pay,…

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