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Headlines August 4, 2014

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News: Senate authorizes 1K more Afghan visas – Senate Aug. 1 passed legislation that would grant 1,000 more visas to Afghan civilians who assisted the United States.   Business: Blurred lines: Commercial, defense sectors begin to blend – As companies continue to turn their eyes toward the Middle East and Asia for new business, a trend has…

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News Briefs August 4, 2014

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Army to force out 550 majors; some in Afghanistan The Army says it will soon notify 550 majors that they must leave the service by next spring as part of a budget-driven downsizing of the service. Some of those soldiers will get the bad news while they are on the front lines in Afghanistan. Gen….

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Headlines August 1, 2014

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News: Military downsizing leaves U.S. too weak to counter global threats, panel finds – An independent panel appointed by the Pentagon and Congress said July 31 that President Obama’s strategy for sizing the armed services is too weak for today’s global threats. Defense industry funds flow to contenders for key House chairmanships – Four of the top…

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China allows foreign reporters at news conference Foreign reporters are being allowed to attend China’s Defense Ministry briefings for the first time, marking a small milestone in the increasingly confident Chinese military’s efforts to project a more transparent image. Restrictions still apply and there is no sign of an improvement in the generally paltry amount…

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Headlines July 30, 2014

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News: Software to power F-35 running as much as 14 months late – Software needed to operate Lockheed Martin’s F-35 jet, the Pentagon’s costliest weapons system, may be as much as 14 months late for required flight testing, according to a Pentagon review.   Business: Lockheed will turn on JLTV production line In August; 6-D truck…

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News Briefs July 30, 2014

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U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,197 As of July 29, 2014, at least 2,197 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 1,819 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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Headlines July 28, 2014

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News: U.S. has lost track of weapons given to Afghanistan – The United States supplied almost three quarter of a million weapons to Afghanistan’s army and police since 2004, but the military cannot track where many of those arms have gone, a new report found. Bill to improve VA has $17 billion price tag – A bipartisan…

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News Briefs July 28, 2014

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Marines seek authorization for dolphin deaths The Marine Corps is asking for a five-year authorization from the National Marine Fisheries Service for incidental deaths of bottlenose dolphins during training exercises at a bombing and target range. The Sun Journal of New Bern, N.C., reports that Connie Barclay of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says…

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Headlines July 25, 2014

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News: VA reform bills stalled by partisan bickering – Plans for a comprehensive Veterans Affairs Department reform bill that appeared all but finished a month ago devolved into partisan bickering and funding fights July 24, casting doubt on the future of a deal.   Business: Airbus, Boeing, Lockheed announce bids on Danish fighter competition; Saab withdraws -…

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News Briefs July 25, 2014

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Marines investigate corporal who vanished in Iraq U.S. Marine Corp officers are launching a formal investigation into whether a Lebanese-American Marine deserted his unit in Iraq or later after returning to the United States. A spokesman for the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Lejeune said July 24 that Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun is being…

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