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Headlines December 1, 2014

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News: For Obama and the Pentagon, an uneasy relationship – On a trip to Afghanistan during President Barack Obama’s first term, Defense Secretary Robert Gates was stunned to find a telephone line at the military’s special operations headquarters that linked directly back to a top White House national security official.   Business: Defense firms could be…

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News Briefs December 1, 2014

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Army lieutenant wants murder conviction overturned A lieutenant with the 82nd Airborne Division serving a 20-year prison sentence for the killings of two people in Afghanistan is asking for clemency from his commander. The Fayetteville [N.C.] Observer reports a lawyer for 1st Lt. Clint Lorance says the officer was just trying to zealously protect his…

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Headlines November 26, 2014

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News: When Hagel leaves, new SecDef faces big questions about the military’s future – President Obama’s new pick to run the Pentagon will face a dizzying set of challenges affecting the Defense Department’s mission, budget and culture. Who will be the next Secretary of Defense?– Following the Nov. 24 surprise announcement from the White House, the…

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News Briefs November 26, 2014

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Navy to decommission two more ships in Puget Sound The Navy recently decommissioned the guided missile frigate USS Ingraham at Everett, Wash. It will be towed to Bremerton and scrapped. The Daily Herald reports the Navy also plans to decommission another ship at the Everett homeport and also one stationed in Bremerton. Naval Station Everett…

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Headlines November 24, 2014

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News: Hagel said to be stepping down as defense chief under pressure – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is stepping down under pressure, the first cabinet-level casualty of President Obama’s Democratic majority in the Senate and a beleaguered national security team that has struggled to stay ahead of an onslaught of global crises. Afghan mission for U.S….

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News Briefs November 24, 2014

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Fog forces five U.S. choppers to land in Polish field Officials say that that fog forced five U.S. Army helicopters to make an emergency landing in a Polish field and spend the night there, the second such incident since September. The U.S. Army said 15 soldiers were moving equipment to their base in Germany Nov….

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President announces Hagel’s resignation as defense secretary

Posted November 24, 2014 by TSgt. Jake Richmond

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel shakes hands with President Barack Obama at the White House Nov. 24. The president announced that Hagel would resign his position as defense secretary. Praising Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s class and integrity, President Barack Obama announced Nov. 24 at the White House that Hagel will leave his post. The president said…

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Headlines November 21, 2014

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News: Dempsey lays groundwork for larger 2016 defense budget – The top U.S. military official on Wednesday made the case for growing the base defense budget significantly over the $535 billion spending cap imposed by Congress for fiscal 2015.   Business: Boeing can bill $61 million that Pentagon withheld for months – The Pentagon withheld $60.5 million…

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News Briefs November 21, 2014

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Obama aide: U.S. should look at Ukraine military aid A senior aide of President Barack Obama says he believes the U.S. should consider giving Ukraine lethal, defensive military assistance to get Russia to think twice about its destabilizing behavior. Tony Blinken, the deputy national security adviser, cites serious violations by Russia of agreements not to…

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Two U.S. Navy ships collide in Gulf of Aden

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MANAMA, Bahrain – Two U.S. Naval supply ships collided in the Gulf of Aden Nov. 20 at 5:26 a.m., GMT, with no injuries to crew members. USNS Amelia Earhart (T-AKE 6) and USNS Walter S. Diehl (T-AO 193) collided as they were beginning an underway replenishment operation. Initial reports indicate only minor damage to both…

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