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Headlines March 31, 2014

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News: North, South Korea exchange fire across disputed sea border - North Korea conducted extensive live-fire military drills off its southern coast March 31, some of its artillery shells falling south of the disputed sea border with South Korea, in a military provocation that came a day after the North threatened to conduct more nuclear tests….

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News Briefs March 31, 2014

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U.S. military chief in Israel at time of tensions The U.S. military chief has kicked off a visit to Israel at a time of heightened tensions with Israel’s defense minister. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon tried to portray business as usual March 30,…

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Headlines March 28, 2014

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News: Air Force’s X-37B space plane shatters orbital endurance record - The U.S. Air Force’s robotic X-37B space plane has broken its own all-time endurance record in orbit after more than 470 days of circling the Earth on a mystery mission for the American military.  Soyuz spacecraft docks with space station after unexpected glitch - Arriving fashionably…

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News Briefs March 28, 2014

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U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,176 As of March 25, 2014, at least 2,176 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 1,802 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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Headlines March 24, 2014

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News: Two killed in shooting at Naval base - A base spokeswoman says two people were killed in a shooting at Naval Station Norfolk.  GAO questions affordability of F-35 Joint Strike Fighter - In the latest downbeat assessment of the Pentagon’s 13-year struggle to build the Joint Strike Fighter, Congress’s watchdog March 24 warned that the high-tech…

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News Briefs March 26, 2014

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U.S. military: Budget cuts hurt readiness in Asia Top U.S. military officers in the Asia-Pacific region say budget cuts could hurt the ability of American forces to respond to a security crisis, including on the Korean peninsula. Pacific commander Adm. Samuel Locklear says U.S. allies are starting to question U.S. ìstaying powerî as a guarantor…

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Headlines March 24, 2014

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Business: Lockheed Martin F-35’s software delayed, GAO says - Delays in testing critical software for Lockheed Martin’s F-35 jet are threatening to delay the Pentagon’s most expensive weapon and boost development costs, according to congressional investigators.  Boeing U.S. tanker program seen $1 billion over budget - The U.S. Air Force on Friday estimated that Boeing’s development of…

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News Briefs March 24, 2014

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Syria says Turkey shoots down Syrian warplane A Syrian military spokesman says Turkey’s armed forces have shot down a Syrian warplane near the countries’ border, and called the act a “blatant aggression.” The unnamed spokesman was quoted by Syrian state TV as saying the plane was downed March 23 in Syrian airspace as it was…

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News Briefs March 21, 2014

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Pentagon reviews will focus on military medals The Pentagon has begun three separate reviews on how military medals are awarded. The move follows criticism over the military’s inability to recognize heroism in incidents such as the Fort Hood shootings, and criticism about now-shelved plans to create an award for drone pilots. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel…

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Headlines March 21, 2014

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News: U.S. considers sanctions against Russian defense sector - President Barack Obama threatened sanctions against Moscows defense sector March 20 upon announcing the American government would punish 16 individuals in Russian President Vladimir Putins inner circle in response to the countrys invasion of Ukraine. Pentagon proposes cuts to Ukraine military aid - The Obama administration proposed a…

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