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Interceptor test failure is setback for National Missile Defense program

Posted July 8, 2013 by Peter W. Merlin

Photograph by Peter W. Merlin The GBI missile leaves the silo at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Like a belated Independence Day skyrocket, a Ground-Based Interceptor missile roared from its silo at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., on the morning of July 5 as part of an integrated exercise and test of the Ground-based Midcourse…

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Headlines August 2, 2013

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News Canceling F-5 said to be among Pentagon options Canceling the $391.2 billion program to build Lockheed Martin’s F-35 fighter jet is among options the Pentagon listed in its “strategic review of choices if forced to live with automatic budget cuts, according to people familiar with Defense Department briefings. Pentagon to investigate allegations of waste,…

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Headlines August 30, 2013

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Business: Boeing cargo jet sales at post-2009 low on global slump Boeing, the world’s largest maker of air freighters, is headed toward its fewest cargo jet orders since the 2009 recession as demand wanes for overnight shipments that once drove purchases.   Defense: Exotic weapons aim to destroy chemical weapons The Pentagon has spent more…

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Headlines September 30, 2013

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News: Senate approves bill to pay military during shutdown - Senate Democrats are vowing to reject House Republicans’ last-minute bid to delay ObamaCare by attaching new amendments to a must-pass spending bill. But the Senate has accepted one Republican idea – a bill that would pay the military in the event of a shutdown. The Senate easily approved…

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Headlines November 4, 2013

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News: Hagel calls for smaller force delays picking among weapons - U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is outlining his vision of a smaller, better equipped military while anticipating tough choices about some multi-billion dollar weapons systems that declining Pentagon budgets may force President Obama’s administration to make.   Business: KC-46 came within 24 hours of contract…

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News Briefs December 11, 2013

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U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,153 As of Dec. 10, 2013, at least 2,153 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 1,785 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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Headlines – January 13, 2014

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News: U.S. has deployed military advisers to Somalia, officials say - The U.S. military secretly deployed a small number of trainers and advisers to Somalia in October, the first time regular troops have been stationed in the war-ravaged country since 1993, when two helicopters were shot down and 18 Americans killed in the “Black Hawk Down”…

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Headlines – February 19, 2014

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News:  ‘Unfunded’ lists reveal fissures between HASC leaders - The return of a budget tactic that was banned by former Defense Secretary Bob Gates shows just how politicized Pentagon spending issues have become.  Senior HASC lawmaker Forbes presses Navy on UCLASS requirements - A member of Congress, Rep. Randy Forbes, is so concerned about a new Navy…

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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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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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