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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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Headlines July 23, 2014

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News: Israel’s Iron Dome defense in line for tripled U.S. spending – Israel’s iron Dome missile defense system may end up getting triple the U.S. funding that the Defense Department sought for it in March. Ukraine asked U.S. for systems to counter Russian missiles – A month before the United States says a Russian missile likely brought…

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News Briefs July 23, 2014

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U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,194 As of July 22, 2014, at least 2,194 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. The AP count is three less than the Defense Department’s tally. At least…

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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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