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Headlines June 16, 2014

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News: $40 billion missile defense system proves unreliable – With a convulsive rumble, followed by billowing flames and exhaust, a sleek 60-foot rocket emerged from its silo at California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base.    Business: RFP for U.S. bomber coming soon, Air Force’s top buyer says – The request for proposal on the U.S. Air Force’s long…

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News Briefs June 16, 2014

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Drone training on the rise in New Mexico Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., is devoting more and more time to training pilots in the use of drones. The Albuquerque Journal reports that the number of students learning how to operate remotely piloted aircraft at the Alamogordo base has multiplied. Holloman officials say more than 700…

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Headlines June 13, 2014

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News: NORAD scrambles fighters against Russian bombers – Northern Command scrambled two F-22 Raptor and two F-15 Eagle fighters June 9 against a fleet of Russian bombers off the Alaska and northern California coasts, Pentagon officials said June 12.   NORAD: Russian bombers flew within 50 miles of California – The first encounter occurred at about 4:30 p.m.,…

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News Briefs June 13, 2014

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China, Japan blame each other for jet encounter China and Japan are blaming each other for a close encounter between military jets over the East China Sea. China’s defense ministry says Japanese F-15 fighters followed a Chinese TU-154 plane on regular patrol June 11 and got as close as 100 feet. It released two videos…

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Headlines June 11, 2014

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News: House appropriators easily kill measure to save A-10 fleet – U.S. House appropriators June 10 killed an amendment that would have kept alive the Air Force’s A-10 fleet, becoming the first defense panel to endorse the service’s cost-cutting plan.  Friendly fire’ deaths in Afghanistan: Relatively rare, they draw attention – Friendly-fire incidents are responsible for only…

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News Briefs June 11, 2014

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Environmental agency criticize Kirtland proposal New Mexico environmental regulators are criticizing Kirtland Air Force Base’s proposal for cleaning up a massive underground fuel leak, saying it would threaten Albuquerque’s water supply. Kirtland’s plan centers on using a Kirtland water well to remove fuel-contaminated groundwater to keep it away from a neighborhood where municipal drinking wells…

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Headlines June 6, 2014

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News: U.S. sending advisers, military gear to Ukraine – A small team of American military advisers will soon head to Ukraine to assess that embattled nation’s “mid- and long-term needs for defense reform,” a Pentagon official said June 5.  Pilot unharmed in Super Hornet crash off California coast – An F/A-18E Super Hornet crashed into the water…

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News Briefs June 6, 2014

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Jet crashes into California homes but no injuries A military jet slammed into a Southern California neighborhood dense with homes and exploded in flames, but the pilot and everyone on the ground emerged unscathed, officials said. Moments after the pilot ejected to safety the afternoon of June 5, the Harrier jet went down in a…

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Headlines June 2, 2014

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Business: Pentagon seeks $211 million repayment from Pratt for accounting issue – The Pentagon is seeking $211 million from engine maker Pratt and Whitney for cost accounting problems on contracts dating back to 2005, according to a report released June 3.   Northrop wins $9.9 billion contract for B-2 bomber sustainment – Northrop Grumman has won a five-year…

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News Briefs June 4, 2014

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Pentagon: Russian fighter intercepted U.S. plane The Pentagon says a Russian fighter jet intercepted an American reconnaissance plane in international airspace over the Pacific in late April, prompting top officials to communicate their concerns to the Russian military. A Pentagon spokesman, Army Col. Steve Warren, said June 3 the Russian Su-27 fighter flew across the…

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