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Headlines October 10, 2014

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News: Northrop faked tests of GPS systems, whistle-blower suit claims – An employee of defense giant Northrop Grumman Inc. claims in a lawsuit that the company’s workers repeatedly took risky shortcuts and faked tests of navigational systems made for use in military fighter jets, drones and submarines.   Business: Former AgustaWestland head cleared of corruption charge,…

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Cosmic first: European spacecraft lands on comet

Posted November 12, 2014 by Frank Jordans

DARMSTADT, Germany – Hundreds of millions of miles from Earth, a European spacecraft made history Nov. 12 by successfully landing on the icy, dusty surface of a speeding comet — an audacious first designed to answer big questions about the universe. The landing on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko required immense precision, as even the slightest error could…

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News Briefs December 19, 2014

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Trial set for ex-Navy engineer in military secrets case A former Navy civilian engineer is scheduled to stand trial next summer on charges of trying to steal aircraft carrier schematics. Media outlets report that 35-year-old Mostafa Awwad of Yorktown, Va., pleaded not guilty Dec. 17 to two counts of attempted exportation of defense articles and…

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Headlines January 28, 2015

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News: Panel will propose new military retirement system – The long-awaited report on military compensation set to drop Thursday will propose fundamental changes to military retirement and health care benefits, according to several people familiar with the report. Source: DOD to request $585 billion for fiscal 2016 – The Department of Defense is preparing to submit a…

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Headlines March 6, 2015

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News: IG: VHA misappropriated $92.5M for claims system – The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) misappropriated more than $90 million intended for medical support and compliance programs in order to build an automated claims processing system, according to an Inspector General report released this week.   Business: Gulf arms race fuels UAE push for defense industry – Soaring…

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News Briefs April 13, 2015

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Indian premier wins Airbus pledge to manufacture in India Airbus says it is ready to manufacture helicopters, satellites and military transport planes in India. The European planemaker made the announcement April 11 after a visit by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to its headquarters in Toulouse in southern France. Airbus Group CEO Tom Enders said…

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House panel approves $578.6 billion for defense spending

Posted May 20, 2015 by Deb Riechmann

The House panel that decides defense spending approved a $578.6 billion blueprint May 19 that fully funds a 2.3 percent pay raise for military men and women, prevents the retirement of the A-10 aircraft that protects ground troops and funds the U.S. fight against terrorism. The spending bill, which mirrors the broad defense policy bill…

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Headlines July 10, 2015

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News: Pentagon reconsidering total F-35 buy – Gen. Joseph Dunford, the nominee for chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said he’s willing to rethink the acquisition plan for the most expensive weapons program ever.   Business: Lockheed, Textron final suitors for Sikorsky Aircraft – Lockheed Martin and Textron Inc. have emerged as final contenders…

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News Briefs – July 17, 2012

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North Korea says powerful army chief relieved of posts North Korea says it has relieved its military chief, a key adviser to new leader Kim Jong Un, from all posts because of illness. North Korea’s state media said July 16 that the decision to relieve Ri Yong Ho of duties was made at a Workers’…

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News briefs – October 12, 2012

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U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,007   As of Oct. 9, 2012, at least 2,007 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,666 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a…

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