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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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U.S. military to assist in search for missing Nigerian girls

Posted May 7, 2014 by Claudette Roulo

About 10 U.S. Africa Command military personnel will be part of a U.S. team assisting the Nigerian government in their efforts to find more than 250 schoolgirls kidnapped by the terrorist group Boko Haram, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren said May 7. President Barack Obama directed the formation of an interagency coordination and assessment…

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Headlines May 5, 2014

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News: DOD personnel costs could force program cuts - The first of several fiscal 2015 Pentagon spending bills began to come into focus last week, signaling something the defense sector has been lacking for years: Stability. But that could change dramatically in 2016.   Business: With lawsuits, mergers, U.S. space market primed for changes - A series…

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News Briefs May 5, 2014

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Japan split over revision to pacifist constitution Japan is marking the 67th anniversary of its postwar constitution with growing debate over whether to revise the war-renouncing charter in line with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s push for an expanded role for the military. Abe’s ruling conservative party has long advocated constitutional changes but has been unable…

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Headlines May 2, 2014

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Business: Airbus: U.S. Army’s extra Lakota helicopter buy boosts foreign sale potential - The U.S. Army’s decision to purchase 100 additional Airbus UH-72 Lakota helicopters for pilot training increases the potential for international sales of the aircraft, according to company officials. Levin asks Pentagon whether F-35 engine needs competition - Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin…

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News Briefs May 2, 2014

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Top two Pentagon intelligence officials quitting The Pentagon says the top two officials at its Defense Intelligence Agency are retiring. The departure of Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn as director of the DIA and David Shedd as his deputy was announced Wednesday by the Pentagon press secretary, Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby. Kirby said the two…

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Headlines April 30, 2014

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News: House panel rejects benefits cuts in 2015 defense budget - In the first official congressional action on the Pentagon’s proposed 2015 budget, House lawmakers have rejected proposed cuts in housing allowances and commissary funding, as well as an overhaul of the Tricare system that would increase out-of-pocket costs for some beneficiaries.  New U.S. stealth jet…

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News Briefs April 30, 2014

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Midland, Texas,-based CAF moving headquarters to Dallas A vintage military aviation group known for its historic planes, air shows and education will move its headquarters from West Texas to Dallas. Officials with the nonprofit Commemorative Air Force on Tuesday announced plans to relocate to city-operated Dallas Executive Airport. The CAF is currently based at Midland…

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